Voices are growing that Ukraine should give in a bit to have Russia save face. This is such nonsense! Russia is a dictatorship. There is no effective opposition party (its leader rots in jail) and no freedom of the press. Putin can give any spin to losing the war he wants. Just like Egypt still claims it won the Six-Day War. Whatever lie the ego and nationalism need.
Those who say that Ukraine should give up some of its ambitions to aggressor Russia are like bad relationship therapists. The latter always advise the weakest, most abused partner, to compromise. They won’t go after the bully in the relationship because there’s no one to talk to there.
This is simply betrayal. Ethical counselors support the victims. The abuser might get into a fit. That comes with the territory. But your first job is to stand by the abused. In the end, bullies who don’t cooperate should be abandoned. The outside support will enable the abused to chose a new life in freedom and dignity. Bullies who don’t give in will be cut off.
Watch your political leaders for signs they want to begin to intimidate the victim, Ukraine. And if so, protest loudly. The public standing on the right side of history will make all the difference.
That the war may end soon. Russia must pay for damages no different from Germany after WW II. And every war criminal must be prosecuted.
Meanwhile, let’s keep our eyes trained on Hong Kong and Taiwan. China’s expansionism is at least as large as Russia’s. And the easier the Allies, the international community, will go on Russia, the more brutal China will be.
China might be most irritable to outside criticism—or better: truth—but internally, it can as easily absorb any criticism as the Russian dictator can.
Also, it’s a mistake and betrayal to ignore China’s genocide of the Tibetans and Uyghurs, violating Never Again (Not the genocide is the violation, but rather, the world looking away), and Russia’s bullying of the LGBTQs.
Those who know how to pray, spend some time praying for the billions in Russia, China, and around them, that they may all live in democracies soon and in our days. If not, the whole world will suffer, not just ‘them.’
Don’t underrate Afghanistan, North-Korea, and Iran. At first, they walk side by side with China and Russia. Then, they will happily compete with them. In the end, they each dream of destroying the US, Israel, South-Korea, and Japan, and in any case, aim to terrorize countless millions if not billions.
There is no livable alternative but to rid the world from all dictators.
The United Nations is dominated by dictators and part of the problem. Democracies will only join hands if their populations force the politicians.