There were terrible wars and terrorist attacks, but the threat of nuclear annihilation that had always existed during the Cold War was almost forgotten, and there was nothing close to the carnage of the First and Second World Wars.
It wasn’t exactly an age of innocence, but some were optimistic enough to say that history effectively ended with the victory of liberal democracy over communism. According to this theory, humanity will increasingly develop in peace and harmony as global trade and new connections created by the Internet bring the peoples of the world even closer.
Yesterday, shortly after 5 a.m. Ukrainian time, Vladimir Putin brutally dispelled the last remnants of such naïve thoughts as Russian forces launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Many innocent lives have been destroyed on Putin’s orders for no reason other than his desire to increase the number of people under his tyrannical rule. This is not so much a war as a mass murder organized by the evil mafia boss who has usurped the power of the Russian people.
And adviser to the President of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak was right when he told CNN: “Russia is attacking not just Ukraine, but all the rules of normal life in the modern world. What will be left of the security system on the continent? Zero.”
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Now a new “iron curtain” is descending – not only in Europe, but throughout the world – between countries that recognize Putin, it is now necessary to declare him an international criminal and counteract him until he is defeated on the one hand, and on the other hand. the other is by states like Belarus, which are technically allies of Putin. himself with his regime, and China, which responded to the invasion by denying it was happening and reiterating that Russia had what it called “legitimate concerns.”
As Boris Johnson said yesterday: “Our mission is clear: diplomatic, political, economic and ultimately military, this heinous and barbaric gamble by Vladimir Putin must end in failure.”
The democratic world must wake up from its sleep and realize that this new reality will mean difficult and unpleasant choices. This is likely to incur significant economic losses, especially in relation to new public spending priorities.
For, in addition to paying off huge debts incurred during the Covid pandemic, the UK now needs to significantly increase the combat power of its armed forces so that it can play a more important role in protecting other NATO member states, because if Putin succeeds in Ukraine his next the target is likely to be our allies in the Baltics.
One urgent step is to impose economic sanctions that will not only “crush” the Russian economy, as Johnson said, but cause it to collapse in the hope that it will help persuade Russians to overthrow Putin.
The US, UK and EU, working with other democratic allies, should also work together to find alternative energy sources for the oil and gas currently being bought from Russia. This could mean fossil fuels from other countries, nuclear power and renewable energy.
The avoidance of Putin’s Russia must be intensified as quickly as possible. For example, Russia could be excluded from Itera, a 35-nation collaboration to build the world’s largest fusion reactor in France, as a symbolic gesture and also to try to prevent the Putin regime from capitalizing on such technological developments.
Over the past few years, the West, apparently believing that history will always strive for justice, has for the most part turned a blind eye to Putin’s plots, his attempts to corrupt democracies and buy elected politicians as if it were no big deal. Now this must stop, and we must also question whether we are making similar mistakes with other dictatorial regimes.
On February 24, 2022, the world changed in the most serious and fundamental way, and now there is a new great struggle between bloody tyrannies that despise human rights and liberal democracies committed to peace, freedom and justice.