During a recent appearance on Army & Air Force Exchange Service‘s “Chief Chat,” KISS bassist Gene Simmons talked about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
“The world forever will be filled with good people and there are gonna be some bad people. My heart goes out to the people in the Ukraine who are bravely not lying down and trying not to inflame the conversation because Mr. Putin has clearly gone off the rails,” Gene said.
“And I feel for those Russian young soldiers, who, by the way, were not told — I have some friends in D.C., and we’ve had discussions — they weren’t told they were going across the Ukraine. It was just a military exercise. Some of them thought they were war games, so they were totally unprepared for what’s happening.
“Look, there’s no simple answer, but if America wasn’t here as a deterrent, let’s say, even if it comes down to the extreme of nuclear apartheid, the world would be a different place, unfortunately, because even people who you sit across and have discussions with can turn into despots and dictators and decide to exert their will over others.
“I’m using very soft language. What it really means is they become mass murderers because they want certain things. And Putin has joined that club, unfortunately, and I hope it can all come to a peaceful end. Now, in the meantime, we should do everything to punish that guy and the oligarchs and everybody else. But, of course, the by-product of that is innocent people in Russia have to bear the brunt of that — higher prices, the ruble is worth next to nothing. And so everybody suffers because one a*shole decides he wants to do something like this. It’s devastating.
“I don’t even know how to respond. But only the military and the brave people of Ukraine… Wow. One of the world’s most powerful regimes is finding out that they’re at a standstill and they can’t exert their force because the Ukrainians have decided not to lie down… They’re not gonna give up. And there’s a good chance Russia’s gonna get their pants handed to them — perhaps not in a nuclear way, not militarily, but everybody there’s gonna have to fight door to door, building to building. They’re not gonna win.”