My father was born in 1935. He lived his childhood in Rotterdam. As a 5 year old he expirienced firsthand the invasion of German troops of his beloved city. The expirience of the entire war that followed, hunted him for the rest of his live.
Now, seventy odd years later, the world politics have changed. Several mechanisms were created to prevent war and to prevent civilian suffering.
We are at a point in time where UN Security Council is held hostage by one of its permanent members, by forced of veto.
Nato is paralyzed because Russia threatens to use nuclear force.
Russian foreign policy is best described as mushroom management. Keep ‘m in the dark and feed them shit. There is no accountability of their actions.
Time and time again Russia tells the world that Russia is not to blame.
- Flight MH17 is shot down – Ukraine is to blame. Whilest a Russian operated BUK was used.
- Crimea was annexed by soldiers without name tags and country patch on their uniform. After occupation the name tags and country patches were attached to the uniforms. Violation of the Geneva convention.
- Hospitals and childcare facilities are bombed, Russia told the world that this is the work of Ukrainian army.
- Civilians are shot down execution style, hand bound on their backs. Later their corpses burned. Russia tries to persuade the world that this is staged. And that actors are used to create a scene like this.
Russian government can only be trusted to create smoke screens to cover the ugly truth. For example the phrase “special military operation”. If it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck it must be a duck. Hence, an invasion is an invasion and a war is a war.
UN and Nato are seemingly paper warriors. This makes me thing of a history lesson I had from a very passionate teacher.
Otto von Bismarck: Nicht durch Reden und Majoritätsbeschlüsse werden die großen Fragen der Zeit entschieden sondern durch Eisen und Blut.The biggest questions of our time cannot be resolved by reason or majority decisions but by iron and blood.
Being a child of a WorldWar 2 child, I think we have seen enough to start acting. Provide more weapons e.g. handheld, drones, tanks, fighters.
Eisen und Blut is the only language Mr. Putin understands. Off course I am afraid of a nuclear war. BUT so is Putin.