The Ukraine-Russia war is an enigma. Sometimes, it seems like Russia is losing its appetite for continuing its invasion. Other times they seem to be resolute. It would be best for Ukraine and the whole world (other than Communist China) if the war would end as quickly as possible, whether that means Russia goes home or finishes its mission.
It’s in the lingering of the war that devastation continues to spread. The Ukrainian people are being harmed the most, with thousands of lives lost to the brutal fighting. Global economies also feel extreme pressure from the war, with food shortages taking hold.
The best-case scenario seems to be for Russia to give up and go home. If they can succeed and remove the Ukrainian government, that is actually the second-best-case scenario as it would greatly reduce the fighting and allow some economic relief to be negotiated. The worst-case scenario is for the war to continue until next year, as many predict.
It isn’t just the death and economic turmoil that makes it imperative for the war to end sooner rather than later. There has been a steady increase in warmongering among American politicians since the invasion began. At first, very few wanted to get involved, but as deaths and chaos mount, we see more and more express their desire to see direct military intervention from the United States and NATO.
This would lead to WWIII, but that doesn’t seem to be registering in the minds of those who would love to see our military might go head-to-head with Russia for the first time. It would be ironic if, after decades of hostilities and near-war-scenarios, a regional conflict with a former Soviet satellite nation is what finally sparks it.
The chants of war are coming from both Democrats and Republicans. Senator Chris Coons from Delaware took the time to push our troops towards Ukraine over the weekend.
“If Vladimir Putin, who has shown us how brutal he can be, is allowed to just continue to massacre civilians, to commit war crimes throughout Ukraine without NATO, without the West coming more forcefully to his aid, I deeply worry that what’s going to happen next is that we will see Ukraine turn into Syria,” Coons told CBS’s Margaret Brennan on Face the Nation. “The American people cannot turn away from this tragedy in Ukraine. I think the history of the 21st century turns on how fiercely we defend freedom in Ukraine and that Putin will only stop when we stop him.”
Why do WE have to stop Putin?
Ukraine is not an ally. Some argue that considering the push for Ukraine to join NATO and put their weapons directly on Russia’s border, that he has more justification to invade Ukraine than the U.S. had to invade Iraq or Afghanistan. By no means am I defending Putin’s actions. I’m simply suggesting that it’s not our problem, and there is absolutely no valid argument for us to spark WWIII.
For the record, Senator Coons has never served in the military, and none of his military-aged children are serving. He’s not talking about sending his family to fight. He’s talking about sending yours and mine.
What’s happening in Ukraine is absolutely tragic. The desire for the fighting to end is felt by the vast majority of American citizens. But proposing that WE go in there to stop Vladimir Putin is ludicrous. We must not allow emotions to make us support a plan that would result in the deaths of exponentially more people than Russia is killing today.
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