How Many Dead Will The West Accept?
The conflict in Ukraine forces me, you, everyone to ask the question that will inevitably need to be asked: How many dead Ukrainians will the western world accept before direct intervention is finally deemed necessary?
It’s a fair question. It’s also fair because this will undoubtedly happen, sooner or later. Do we in the western world accept 10,000 dead? 100,000? 1,000,000? In a country with over 44 million people, would 2,000,000 be “enough” before the West says “that’s enough”?
The heartbreaking photos and videos pouring out of Ukraine forces us to ask the moral questions that SHOULD be asked earlier, not later. Over two thousand civilians are dead with more every hour as Russia pounds civilian targets throughout the country.
Russia has made is pretty clear that the number of dead has no relevance in their objectives to their goal, which is to completely overthrow the entire country. So the west should be asking the obvious – what number of dead will we accept before we take direct action to end the slaughter?
This question is also pathetic, because it is not “we” who are dying and being maimed and having our homes destroyed, our lives ruined. “We” have the luxury of asking this most ridiculous but relevant question. “We” get to sit safely back and ponder the unfolding realities as the daily body count rises higher and higher. “We” get to sit in judgement offering our empty “support and prayers” claims from the long-distance safety of staying home, far, far away from the conflict. Although it should be obvious, God is not intervening in this conflict, it is up to humanity to do so.
Many pundits have posed the question that nuclear war is a possibility should the West get involved. Frankly, this is just bullshit and an excuse to not challenge Putin in his quest for domination. That risk is and always has been there. What these pundits are actually saying is that we should tolerate an untold number of dead, whatever that figure turns out to be – we won’t directly intervene. They’re also saying that we’re not going to stop Putin at any time, no matter what or where his ambitions are – because this poses the threat of a nuclear conflict.
But this is not true. We already know that we would stop Putin and Russia “if we had to” at some invisible line somewhere. At the incursion or an attack on a “NATO” country. So if we would truly would stop Putin there – then why not here? The risk is exactly the same. We would still face the proverbial nuclear conflict.
But nuclear conflict means mutual destruction, and thus, the last confrontation ANY nation would want to make. It’s mutual and assured and the very reason why it is not likely to happen.
It would be far better for Ukraine and the rest of the world to confront Putin earlier then later. The notion that we will NOT have to do this as some future time is the reason – we will, it is just a matter of time now and a matter of how many dead we will accept before finally saying “enough” and directly intervene.
The West is hoping that that confrontation will never happen – but what is this assumption based on? That Ukraine WON’T become a staging ground for Russian forces? That Ukraine WON’T wind up with nuclear weapons pointed at the West? That Putin won’t invade another country? That Putin won’t confront a NATO country?
These assumptions bugger the mind. Putin has made it CLEAR, beyond any shadow of doubt that he fully intends to “restore Russia”, which means he WILL confront NATO countries that were formerly Soviet republics. Pretending that this won’t happen or isn’t his plan is to deny his own stated claims and intentions. Leaked plans already show that Putin intends to go further then Ukraine.
So this is why this painful, but obvious, and even pathetic question must be asked: How many dead will the West accept before we put a stop to this madness?
We certainly do have the means to do this – but what is lacking is the willingness.
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Americans, have no experience with what is happening in Ukraine. They’ve always fought with fantastic support, logistics, supplies, communications, command, etc., whereas Ukrainians are having to fight for their very lives.
Professionals and amateurs are engaging in a life-or-death daily struggle for their own lives, their families and their country – something Americans have NEVER done despite their professed “experience” in war, it is NOTHING like what is unfolding in Ukraine and it does not carry anywhere near the same weight or horror now unfolding.
Your land is not being invaded by an occupying army – YOU were the occupying army with incredible levels of support. Americans can run home to safety, get on a plane or even get medical help when required, but Ukrainians are in an entirely different battle space than what Americans have had to experience.
This lack of understanding is what is making so many in the West complete cowards and refusing to help Ukraine. Helping Ukraine is the ONLY correct response now. I’m really sick of the apologist (cowardly) attitudes I’m seeing from the West as we watch more and more civilians get slaughtered.
This an impassioned plea that everyone should watch as Boris Johnson is confronted: https://twitter.com/SebastianEPayne/status/1498620035111305218 World War III has very likely already started and the world needs to step up and end this now. The false assumption that this “will lead to nuclear war” is a defeatist argument being used by cowards.
Russia is IRREVOCABLY backed into a corner NOW and will never be the same again (no matter what). Both sanctions and global opinion will force Russia to respond, their only option both short and long term it to accept DEFEAT as the world stays hostile to them.
Yes, they do have the option of overwhelming Ukraine while the world pathetically watches, but those sanctions and opinions will NEVER change and Russia knows this, therefore they will still have to continue their fight against the world. This will result in what everyone thinks we can avoid – direct conflict (somewhere). Better to have that now, and get Russia to accept their mistake NOW and their defeat in Ukraine, then having to deal with this later on a much larger scale.
We can fight a nuclear superpower – but this is not to suggest “with nukes”. Mutual destruction would ensue, and both the West and Russia knows this. An air-war, ground war combat space is already being fought, that’s where helping Ukraine is now going to work.
Remove Russia from Ukraine and enforce their borders as we have already agreed to do so, instead of this ridiculous posturing and phony claims that “we stand with you”. Prove it. Stand by Ukraine, close the airspace, destroy those military columns and force this conflict to an end before this expands further.