Interesting take from the Guardian.
“ The broader, negative political impact of the war, should it rage on indefinitely, is almost incalculable. The UN’s future as an authoritative global forum, lawmaker and peacekeeper is in jeopardy, as more than 200 former officials warned Guterres last week. At risk, too, is the credibility of the international court of justice, whose injunction to withdraw was scorned by Putin, and the entire system of war crimes prosecutions.
In terms of democratic norms and human rights, the full or partial subjugation of Ukraine would spell disaster for the international rules-based order – and a triumph for autocrats everywhere. What message would it send, for example, to China over Taiwan, or indeed to Putin as he covets the vulnerable Baltic republics? Islamist terrorists who now furtively plot to exploit the west’s Ukraine distraction would relish such a victory for violence.”
It seems that some are beginning to realise that the propoganda that they were being fed by the Zelensky regime is not in keeping with facts on the ground. The unspoken message in the above article is that Russia is making significant gains in the East of the country and will likely win the war.
The question for us in Europe should therefore be whether we are willing to slash our standard of living and possibly impoverish ourselves in defence of a corrupt Eastern European mafia regime that is indistinguishable from Putins Russia.
Zelensky and his pals were specifically mentioned in the Pandora Papers as having questions to answer with regard to their extensive property portfolios in various locations around the globe. According to Wikipedia the President of Ukraine earns in the region of 12k euros per annum.
Are European leaders really going to impoverish their own citizens to support a regime run by a gangster cabal? Not to mention prolonging an unwinnable conflict in which many Ukrainians will die needlessly.
Surely it’s time to enter meaningful negotiations with Russia with a view to ending the war.