Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a cabinet meeting via videoconference Wednesday at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia. Credit: Mikhail Klimentyev / Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

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Human beings spend too much money on madmen with bombs. And Vladimir Putin isn’t the only madman. It could happen to anyone drunk on power.

Imagine if an American president had invaded Mexico with the support of robber barons eager to claim Mexican oil fields. Imagine if they called Mexicans Nazis, started bombing apartment complexes and hospitals. How would we expect the world to respond to an American tyrant spreading disinformation, waging an unjustified war, killing innocent people?

Choking Russia financially is brilliant. It slows the spread of war, while disempowering Russia. Billionaires still doing business with Russia, such as Koch Industries should not have the option of continuing to do business with Russia. We all need to engage together in this effort to stop Putin.

War is about money and insanity. Controlling money won’t appeal to everyone, just as fighting in a war doesn’t appeal to everyone. Billionaires might prefer to detonate spectacular explosions, and gamble on deaths, rather than lose a hundred million dollars to shut down a dictator

Democracy will win this war. We must rein in the multinational oligarchs, the billionaires fighting for wealth and power, or lose everything.

I’m grateful for President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and the wise leaders of NATO. I’m grateful for President Joe Biden and his Cabinet. Power to the people. Humanity will win.

Jenny Ruth Yasi