Russia is fighting a war of attrition against Ukraine, meaning it throws everything it has into destroying Ukraine as a country so it can own its land. Russia has never admtted to fighting a war. A ‘special military operation,” the invasion was called as sons and husbands served as cannon fodder in Ukraine’s fierce resistance to being destroyed. That same Russia chaots BRICS, a new economic group intent on bringing dow Western democracy..
BRICS (Brazil,Eussia.India,China,SAfrica was an initiative of China founded in 2009. . In its first expansion since South Africa was added as an afterthought, the group doubled in size as of this year. New members are Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Iran, Egypt and Ethiopia. All togerher, BRIVS now represen about 40% of the world population generationg about 25% of the global economy. Other stats are less clear.
All the worls’s near-200 countries are signed onto the global ideal of democract by virtue of being members of the United Nations who signed onto the UN Cjarter modeled on the US Constitution. With exemptions, reservations and other loopholes, reaching the ideal is a long and winding road for many countries. Russia takes the cake in that regard.
The United Nations Security Council charged with protecting international peace and security has five permanent members (US, UK, France, China, Russia). All came out as victors in the Second World War. Russua;s major contribution was attrition, throwing all available men within its huge and harsh territory into the goal of eliminating an enemy. By wanting freedom fromthe corrupt ruins of the failed Soviet Russian system, Ukraine has become a global hero whilr Russia terrorizes the world.
For all its red-tape handicaps, the UN has worked miracles with leveling the inequalities among the world’s near-200 countries. Among other functions in promoting global good will and development, the UN acts as a clearing house garding against frauds an other bad acyors. The only house the UN can;t clean is its own Security Counciland the veto power holding hostage the entire world. It doesn’t have to stay that way.
By expanding its membership, BRICS is signaling that the world has given up on the post WWII rules based order that has brought enough progress for BRICS to make a hotile take-over move the undermine it. Tussia’s chairing of a group founded by Russia is proof that BRICS is out to destroy a working system and not building a new alternative as presented to potentil new members, all desperate for a voice in a system that works. Gross abuse of human dignity is at stake.
Russia may clinch a seat with BRICS malcontents but it people can’t hold their heads high convincingly in a reputable global forum. Human dignity takes pride in building up, not tearing down. Ukraine builds up its global standing while Russia heads dissidents bearing a global grudge.
We the people takes a lot of work on the part of individuals., as Ukraine shows the world. Sure rings a more invigoring tone than killer Russia heading a global anarchy of dictators tearing down law and order.