as Ukraine As it enters its second month under brutal bombardment, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Western leaders to deny uncomfortable realities. However, through the prism of war used by Wladimir Putinyou are either friend or foe.
As the slaughter of civilians continues and millions are forced to flee their homes, many of which are now rubble, the Russian leader is rallying enemies almost as fast as he is severing ties.
Establishing a policy for dealing with someone so bent on wreaking havoc and intentionally maximizing collateral damage is complex.
As the historian Livy put it, “There are laws for peace as well as for war.”
Putin crushed them all.
The threat of using nuclear or chemical weapons has never been more real.
It’s no great surprise, then, that NATO decides to double its defenses by deploying 40,000 troops to Europe’s eastern flank.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed that four new combat groups will be deployed to Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania – in addition to four more to the Baltic countries and Poland – to support Ukraine.
US President Joe Biden has also sought to strengthen alliances by tightening sanctions and stepping up aid pledges. For the people of Ukraine, the terrible truth is that all this cannot be enough.
If they don’t deploy air defenses, there’s every reason to fear that despite a month of hell, the worst is yet to come.
For this reason, mediation or an agency to promote compromise remains crucial.
With all the solidarity of the summit, maximum economic pressure must still be exerted on Moscow.
It is time for China to wake up to the fact that it cannot be Putin’s best friend – while turning civilian cities into morgues – and also maintain normal relations with the West.
Even if the bombs fall, the peace talks should make progress. Sources on both sides claim they have adopted a more “realistic” tone.
We must hope so. Delusional as he is, even Putin no longer expects flower petals to be thrown in the path of his invading troops.
The BBC notes that he is no longer calling for the removal of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his team.
Analysts also note that Ukraine has also shelved immediate ambitions to join NATO.
At home, Putin is forced to escalate his threatening rhetoric to maintain his footing,
With the cost of living in Russia rising 14 percent since the invasion of Ukraine, he must know that a way out beyond the war must be found.
The American poet Anne Bradstreet wrote: “Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without a blade, better for scraping than for polishing.”
Worryingly, the phrase “if you want peace, prepare for war” is gaining traction recently. It has a grim but misguided logic in our nuclear age. As slick as it sounds, the history of war tells us that the power of wisdom always trumps the power of arms.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/leaders-must-persevere-in-seeking-route-to-peace-41484857.html Leaders must persevere in seeking the path to peace