Sunday, September 25, 2022

A nation destroyed

Whatever be the history and genesis of the Russian –Ukraine conflict, there is no denying the fact that Russia as the aggressor, has to be held responsible for causing death and destruction in another nation. This is unacceptable in this century when nations across the globe are seeking to join hands for peace and exchange information for combating deadly viruses and diseases. Russian’s modern-day Czar, who has described as a combination of Hitler and Stalin, has unleashed one of the worst atrocities ever by a super power. It would have been different had the aggression been committed by any other country. The brutality of the Russian invasion shows that Putin has no remorse for the killing of hundreds of innocent women and children by his missiles and rockets that rained down cities in Ukraine. Putin has instead defended his aggression of Ukraine on the pretext of stopping the “genocide” against Russian-speaking people in Ukraine. This is a half-truth since the Russian speaking militia have violently opposed the authority of the Ukraine government and demanded that the territory- Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic be unified with Russia. Putin also justified the invasion that was meant to replace the current government headed by Volodymyr Zelenskyy and “de-nazify” Ukraine. Putin’s main objective is regime change where a Kremlin puppet would be placed in Ukraine. Many of his justifications for war were false or irrational. Putin claimed his goal was to protect people subjected to bullying and genocide and aim for the “demilitarisation and de-Nazification” of Ukraine. There has been no genocide in Ukraine: it is a vibrant democracy, led by a president who, incidentally is Jewish and not a Nazi. Whatever Putin may have put forth in defence of his aggressive action, were nothing but excuses be it his objection to Ukraine joining NATO or the European Union. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine is in full swing, with the final outcome unknown. Given Russia’s military dominance over the Ukrainian army, few seem to doubt that if the assault continues, the Russian army will defeat the Ukrainian military. However as the world watches with horror at the massacre of the innocents in Ukraine Putin is unrelenting and unmoved. He wants to conquer Ukraine even if it ends up in rubble and dead bodies strewn across the land. On its part, the US has let down Ukraine as it fearful of Putin using nuclear weapons to thwart any involvement of US or NATO forces in aid of Ukraine. The people of Ukraine are being abandoned by the US and NATO. This is blot on the name of national sovereignty and will serve to encourage any nation for instance China to do likewise on Taiwan. China has never recognised Taiwan as an independent country and has sworn to liberate it even through force so as to unify it with China. The scenario could likely happen if the US and NATO exhibit the same cowardice as they are doing over Ukraine which could embolden the Chinese.