War in Ukraine is not ‘a picnic’ – POLITICO

I was shaken by a recent forum article titled The Fall of Moscow (March 12) by Vijai Maheshwari.

As a professor of political science with many friends in both Russia and Ukraine, I enjoyed reading articles about the ways Russia and the Russians are dealing with war. However, quoting sentences like “This war was a picnic,” one friend said, compared with World War II, Afghanistan and the horrors of Stalin’s purges and pits of the 1930s, ” is a derogatory comparison.

I believe that no one but Ukrainians has the right to judge whether this war is a “picnic”. Maybe we should ask people hiding with their children underground, and pregnant women fleeing destroyed maternity hospitals about whether this is a picnic.

Give voice to the Muslims who miss the Netflix series and their Apple store and who can afford to make humorous and disdainful remarks about the war, without leaving space for those who are concerned. Certainly the fundamentally different scores of its victims, is a shameful thing.

Petr Kratochvili
Senior Research Fellow, Center for European Politics, Prague Academy of International Relations
Prague, Czech Republic War in Ukraine is not 'a picnic' - POLITICO

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