From the start of the Russian invasion, the words used to describe Ukraine’s chances covered a range of possibilities – with one glaring exception. Hardly anyone dared to speak at all about a Ukrainian victory.
That has to change from now on. China’s apparent willingness to support Vladimir Putin’s army in addition to his aid Avoid economic sanctions ups the ante dramatically. A Russian victory in Ukraine would now be a triumph for a New World Order led by brutal autocrats and a defeat for the West and democracy itself.
To avoid this disastrous outcome, the United States and Europe must significantly increase their aid to beleaguered Ukraine when they meet in Brussels next week. Close to deployment of NATO troops or start a direct military conflict with Russia, they must do whatever they can to help Ukraine defeat Putin, or at least deny him the total victory he wants.
President Biden can make a down payment on the new approach before leaving Washington by finally approving the transfer of 28 Fighter jets from Poland.
This would reverse the President’s reversal from a week ago. After Secretary of State Tony Blinken initially said yes to the idea, Biden said personally rejected say it would be “escalating”.
His decision came after Poland suggested flying the plane unused MiG-29 fighters to an American air force base in Germany, then flown to Ukraine by Ukrainians. In return, the US was asked to send F-16s to replenish the Polish Air Force.
Avoid being a target
Poland wanted to avoid becoming a Putin target and improve its own air capacity, but the idea of flying the MiGs to Germany first was halfway too sweet for Washington, and the Pentagon shot down the idea as “unsustainable.”
That was then. Changes on the ground – and in Beijing – make it imperative that Ukraine somehow gets the MiGs and just about everything else it wants and needs. A planned airlift with food, water, medicines and other essential supplies is gaining support but misses the mark beyond saving lives to save Ukraine itself.
The ongoing Russian bombardment reduces other cities to rubble and ashes biggest refugee crisis since World War II, with nearly 3 million Ukrainians already leaving the country and countless others wanting to leave if it is safe to get out. Every day brings the Russians army closer to Kyiv, and the fall of the capital would be a major psychological setback, destroying the government and leading to even greater massacres.
While it was always something of a fantasy that the brave Ukrainian military and courageous civil resistance could halt Putin’s advance, success in slowing it down comes at a terrible price. The invasion’s devastating strikes with rockets, missiles, tanks and planes now approaching the three-week mark show that Putin is ready to destroy and empty Ukraine if necessary.
America and other NATO nations were incredibly slow in providing aid before and after the invasion began, and had to be shamed by widespread public outrage at increased action indiscriminate Russian brutality. While the initial sanctions were slaps on the wrist, a subsequent tightening of the screws on Russia’s economy and huge shipments of military aid to Ukraine signaled a more serious approach.
But the continued beating on civilians and the Chinese alliance have raised the bar and require another broader and more effective response. As in any previous stage, the alternative is to be accepted Putin’s bloody plan of conquest and watch as he pulverizes a European capital and subjects tens of millions of surviving Ukrainians.
Even then, there is no guarantee that he would quit. Putin’s desire to rebuild the Soviet Union and his threats about other former prisoner states make Europe shudder.
NATO has understandably said no to a separate Ukrainian request impose a no-fly zone, Claiming this would inevitably lead to direct combat with Russian aircraft and ground defenses and lead to World War III.
Let the Ukrainians fly MiGs
But the delivery of the MiGs to Ukraine is not much different from other weapons already delivered, as long as the jets are flown by Ukrainian pilots. And while there’s no guarantee the Soviet-era planes can turn the tide of the war, they give Ukraine another option to thwart the Russian attack.
This is especially true for the rocket and rocket launcher fire at urban targets from miles away. They are out of reach of the Ukrainian ground forces and their equipment, but the Polish planes would reinforce what was left of the Ukrainian Air Force and could be effective.
Certainly there are other ideas to consider, and the urgent NATO meeting and Biden’s decision to attend are signs that the Alliance recognizes the need to do more. Minimalist moves wrapped in faint-hearted palaver will neither help Ukrainians nor fool Putin and his new best friend, the Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The despots want to win this war and further cement their claims that the West is decadent, weak and no longer capable of global dominance. Proving them wrong is important, especially because of Bidens disastrous cut and run from Afghanistan gave our opponents confidence that he would buckle under pressure.
Thwarting Putin in Ukraine is certainly a very tall order, but when he fails, his type will be encouraged everywhere. Not only in Russia and China, but also in Iran, in North Korea and who knows where else.
If so, a world that is already very chaotic and dangerous would become even worse in an instant.
Courage to save NYC
In the most significant step yet toward fulfilling Mayor Eric Adams’ promise to fight crime, the NYPD has begun its new anti-arms units.
The Post reports that 168 police officers were deployed in 28 areas of the city where the shooting had taken place have risen sharply. Another 300 officers will be added after completing seven days of special training.
Unlike previous undercover units, the new ones will wear such jackets identify them as police. The move has drawn some criticism that the IDs could reduce their effectiveness.
Still, the deployment has the potential to seriously disrupt the violence plaguing the city. As I recently wrote, New York is now in its third year of a rising crime wave that has robbed it of the public safety gains it had made tough, brave police work years ago.
We wish this new breed of brave officers the best of luck as they embark on the mission to take back the streets and save New York.
Double standards in sanctions
Reader Jonathan Kahn raises one of the many troubling questions about a possible nuclear deal with Iran Writing: “It’s hard to see how Biden will plausibly argue that lifting Iran’s sanctions is compatible with imposing sanctions on Russia, which was seen as the more mature of the two nations.”
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