Letter: Ukraine, an avoidable tragedy

Published: 8/5/2022 7:03:09 AM
Modified: 8/5/2022 7:00:02 AM

The U.S. proxy war against Russia in Ukraine is an on-\going tragedy for those fighting and dying in it, made more tragic by the fact it was completely avoidable. The arrogance and stupidity of our foreign policy elites are fully on display here, believing that provoking Russia into a war would weaken Putin and result in “regime change.” It’s a new Cuban Missile Crisis, only we are the aggressors, by provocatively expanding NATO to Russia’s border. The longer this war goes on, the greater the likelihood of miscalculation. It’s the worst foreign policy blunder by any U.S. administration, and that’s a low bar.

Years of “Russia-gate” propaganda laid the groundwork. Claims that “Putin is Hitler” and intent on recreating a Russian empire are projections of U.S. behavior and our self-serving “rules-based order.” It ignores Russia’s experience in WWII: 27 million dead in defeating Hitler. Ignored and disparaged by the U.S. in calling for a diplomatic resolution, Russia is doing what it said it would. Sanctions intended to weaken Russia and depose Putin are having the opposite effect. They are strengthening Russia’s position in the world, while weakening Europe and the U.S. The ripple effects of the sanctions on Russian fuels and fertilizer are causing price hikes and shortages in Europe and the U.S., and threaten starvation for millions in the global south. The existential threat to the planet is climate change, and the “indispensable nation” provokes another needless and preventable war.

Bruce Currie

Concord


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