Serial Killer Russia Nabbed in Ukraine
More than 30 years have passed since Soviet captives tore down the Iron Curtain. Left on its own without satellites to bleed dry of natural reoources, the Soviet Union collapsed. Now Russia is rebuilding that failed experiment in brutality by building iron curtains around territory it already seized illrgally from Ukraine,
To the shame of its timidity or wors, the world let Russia get away with illegally annexing Crimea and two other regions of Ukraine in 2014. Recovering from a stunning near coup, firebrand US led an alliance to help Ukraine defend itself. That aid was contingent on Ukraine proving its worthiness of the massive investment. Ukraine outdid expectations and still the aid remains dangling.
As allies count pennies and weigh them on the scales of justice to see how much democratic values are worth, Ukraine suffers and Russia rebuilds the fortifications that Ukraine lost limbs and lives to tear dow. Thoso fortifications are three layers deep, just like they were in the Cold War Iron Curtain.
Ukraine must demonstrate sizeable progress in pushing Russia off its terrain in order for the Allied aid to continue. To make the dramatic breakthrough expected by armchair warriors in charge of funding after the long-awaited counteroffensive to push Russia off their land, Ukrainian frontline defenders fight through three layers of concertina palings across a field peppered with land mines. They duck through shelling and missiles until hand to hand combat with Russians fierce with knowing they’re cannon fodder in a war already lost.
That deadly date with fate is met each night by frontline soldiers at each of the Russian stockades guarding the land loot held like a dog snarling with a stolen bone The Ukrainians take the Russians head on, never complaing and always grateful for all the help and support they get. For them iy’s a matter of life or death. They’ve been under Russia’s thumb and they’re not going back.
All former Russian satellites need to feel that way before the world can go forward with any sense of decency or security. The Cold War proved out the point. Russia is a serial killer that must be stopped before it kills again.
During the Cold War, Russia killed three revolutions against its oppression without the world doing any more than exhorting Russia to “take down this wall.” In a global world, the fate of Ukraine’s defense against Russian aggression is of relevance to each of the world’s near-200 countries.
In this prediccament, Ukraine has been a model global citizen. It has refused to be a doormat, nor has it succumbed to a valid excuse for being a hot head.
Of course it is admirable for the NATO allies to assist Ukraine in defending itself. The expediency of containg Russia tarnishes the altruistic halo a bit. But the willingness to put Ukraine on the line and watch it fight alone is a sign of an arrogance that last belonged in the Cold War when former Soviet satellites were still under the bus where they were thrown after WWII to appease Russia.
Before the Cold War the spectacle of a gladiator fighting a lion was the entertainment of emperors in the Roman Forum. In the 21st century, Ukraine has earned the right to have the world pull the plug on Putin’s entertainmrny.