By Russia Today

Unless Russia is quickly defeated in Ukraine, the collective West won’t be able to address climate change in time to save civilization, billionaire financier George Soros told the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday. He also called Russia and China the greatest threats to his concept of open society.

Russia sending troops into Ukraine “may have been the beginning of the Third World War and our civilization may not survive it,” Soros told the WEF, and even when the fighting there stops, “the situation will never revert to what it was before.”

In his telling, the “invasion” came amid a struggle between “two systems of governance that are diametrically opposed to each other: open society and closed society,” the former embodied by the West and the latter by Russia and China.

Soros, 91, reminisced about the “exciting days” of the Soviet Union’s disintegration, when his wealth increased to the point where he could spend $300 million a year in 1987, and his foundations in Eastern Europe “turned out to be more successful than I expected.”

The Hungarian financier failed to mention the collapse in living standards that followed for ordinary citizens.

He argued that the tide began to turn after the 9/11 attacks of 2001, “repressive regimes are now in the ascendant and open societies are under siege,” with China and Russia representing “the greatest threat.”

Soros was optimistic about how that fight was going, however. According to him, Russian troops expected to be greeted in Ukraine as liberators and emerge victorious within days or weeks, but Ukraine was able to “defeat” them with the help of the US and NATO. Meanwhile, he claimed that Chinese leader Xi Jinping has damaged his legitimacy with Covid-19 lockdowns in Shanghai and elsewhere.

What really worried Soros, however, was that the conflict in Ukraine interfered with the environmental agenda, meaning that climate change might become irreversible.

“That could be the end of our civilization,” he said, insisting that “we must mobilize all our resources to bring the war to an early end.”

“The best and perhaps only way to preserve our civilization is to defeat Putin as soon as possible,” he added.

On Monday, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger urged the WEF to broker a peace in Ukraine in the next two months, before Russia is driven into “a permanent alliance with China” that would destabilize Europe.

“Russia has for 400 years been an essential part of Europe,” noted the 98-year-old Kissinger, warning those who seek Moscow’s “defeat.”

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7 COMMENTS

  1. only hope i have, seeing age of these sick people. i hope that nature will clear our future and there will not be many successors of them. untill they will cast their filthy spirits into some other unholy body unfortunately…

  2. Yesterday naZilensky comment something about Kissinger speech at Davos and said that seems according Kissie is not 2022, but 1938…. Well, look like naZilensky is in 1921 when west ukie it was a polish protectorate… just like now.

    • Will we ever get tired of this unending fighting in Europe that engulfed the whole world in 20th century wars? When 75% of the world population had no real vested interest in these border wars. Nothing’s changed in the 21st century. We are getting suckered in again. I personally care more about people in Africa, India and China than these ethnic squabbles in Eastern Europe. It really is just that simple.

  3. Payton Gendron also blames everything on Soros. He would be a hero in Russia.

    The billions of dollars of US money allocated for wars conducted by Pentagon everyday is controlled by Likud a right wing fascist cancerous entity who owns the entire Congress and the NRA. That’s a form of oligarchy which is not easy to target as it hides behind a banana republic which the US calls government and drains its coffers of everyday printed money.