Joe Biden’s recent proposal to the US Congress asking for $33 billion to support Ukraine against Russia makes it clear that talk would be cheaper than war. And it’s also less damaging to the most vulnerable members on either side of the conflict – whether they’re Ukrainians or Russians.
The catastrophe the world is facing requires a swift and effective initiative. So what prevents the United Nations, of which Russia is one of the five founding members, from inviting all the heads of state and government of all countries to a meeting in which both the heads of state and government of Russia and those of Ukraine are present to find an acceptable solution to the conflict to negotiate? the warring factions, no matter how long it may last?
My cynical side leads me to believe that in many countries there are oligarchs and billionaires (either in government or able to influence governments) who can enrich their already overflowing coffers even more by creating a market for the weapons of war that already have the Jam shelves overloaded -packaged ammunition stores.
In addition, gains can be made from the cleanup and reconstruction once the conflict is over.
Eventually, should nuclear weapons be introduced into this conflict, our concerns about climate change and Covid will soon become side issues.
World leaders don’t have much time to pull themselves together before it’s too late. You must stop the pointless rhetoric, act responsibly, and start speaking together to find a solution to this conflict that is causing such extreme harm to innocent people.
Otherwise, this conflict will wreak unbearable and lasting damage on all world economies for many more years to come.
Patrick Murray, Dundrum, Dublin
North goes to the polls today – and the DUP looks concerned
With Northern Ireland’s election process taking place today, the cards appear to be stacked against the DUP’s fear-mongering ideology.
Jeffrey Donaldson’s intimidation tactics and finger-pointing might earn him a few extra votes among the pro-union community – but it won’t change the reality that the political discourse once dominated by the union community no longer exists.
That he blames the Northern Ireland Protocol for all his party’s problems – forgetting that they supported Brexit despite a majority in the North voting against it – shows how completely uncomprehending they are.
They are out of touch – and Sinn Féin and mainstream parties like Allianz and the SDLP are rightly exploiting that.
Donaldson and his party have clung to the coattails of Johnson and the British Conservative Party, only to be repeatedly pelted with crumbs and betrayed.
He should realize that Westminster no longer wants to be part of the problem-solving process in Northern Ireland. The Tories would stop the North if they could, leaving the people to their own devices.
This election will be the catalyst for change – but given the bipartite deal at Stormont, we could see another standoff where the people of the North will ultimately be the losers.
Christy Galligan, Letterkenny, Co Donegal
In days like these we should expect further political turmoil
John Cuff (lettersMay 3), is absolutely right in his outspoken criticism of the current governing coalition.
It is not, however, the hatred of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil for Sinn Féin that renders the traditional ruling political parties incapable of fulfilling their responsibilities as guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement or any other moral responsibility towards the six boroughs.
Both are right-wing parties and defenders of the status quo in a country whose politics and economy are characterized by close nepotism.
A hundred years of their rule has shown that their raison d’être is that political and industrial power should continue to be held by themselves and their ilk, no matter who is in power.
The six counties and the abuse of the Catholic minority were never their concern; it only stood in the way of their hegemonic power. Not only that, they also ignored the plight of the poor, the underprivileged, the homeless, the victims of our society.
Political change is long overdue. Time will tell if it is at Sinn Féin.
Perhaps the turning point will come from James Connolly’s political descendants.
In these times of unprecedented turbulence, nothing is impossible. Both in Ireland – and with a bit of luck in England.
Harry Charalambou, Muswell Hill, London
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/making-peace-would-be-far-cheaper-than-making-war-41615603.html Making peace would be far cheaper than waging war