I have to say that I’m not terribly impressed with the ‘West’s” righteous indignation and barrage of sanctions in response to Putin’s adventure. Looking around, most nations tend to become very selective when it comes to standing up for their so called values, as Professor Naom Chomsky, philosopher in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, states here.
If we take a tour around the world of hard liner thuggery, the Rohingyas have nothing to thank the West for, nor do Uyghurs, the Kashmiris, the Yemenis (what a mess that is) the Venezuelans, the people of Amazonia, half of Africa…oh, but of course, they don’t have the largest recoverable reserves of Uranium ore in Europe or the 2nd largest iron ore reserves in the world – the list goes on.
The thing is, the West is a bit stuck. There are now so many treaties, guaranteeing the protection of all, if a stance is not taken with Ukraine where there is no treaty, others will be encouraged to pursue their own goals with impunity. Taiwan may very well become a case in point.
Just remember, it took 20 years, trillions of dollars and 4 US Presidents to replace the Taliban with the Taliban. So at the end of the day, what hope is there for any us?
And all the while, people like Modi continue their progroms against Christians, Sikhs and Muslims wherever they are to be found in India, and are ignorantly feted and adored by America and Europe. What a mess!
Sorry - this has all been a bit gloomy but the fact is, there's not a lot to be cheerful about. As most countries seem to be pulling themselves together after the ravages of Covid, to have this nutcase risking a planetary conflagration is just too much.
Let's lighten up...
Some say that the best parties are the ones you can't remember. Well, there's a couple of high profile Brits who are clinging on to this one.
The important thing, though, is to make sure you get your story right!