Germany needs to stand up be counted they need to shut their airspace off to Russia and push for cutting off SWIFT . I cant believe Russian aircraft are still landing on German soil .
Germany needs their precious Russian gas thanks to the environmentally and geopolitically disastrous nuclear passe out
In my opinion, Germany has played the role of mini-villian. Every opportunity to really help Ukraine has been "complicated."
When a country is fighting for its life, half measures are pointless. At least Germany finally sent the helmets:https://nypost.com/2022/02/25/germany-f ... asion/amp/
At least Poland supplies ammo:https://www.republicworld.com/amp/world ... eshow.html
While I’m all on board with calling out the generally anemic support (western and otherwise) for Ukraine, I think it’s a bit absurd to characterize Germany (a country I have no link to) as a “villain”.
They’re putting their interests first. And they’ve learned from the best, haven’t they? Or are we pretending that 2016-2020, with Trump’s gratuitous attacks on Merkel, interspersed with praise for Putin, never happened? NATO’s very survival was being questioned then.
What’s to say that won’t happen again? What’s to say Trump won’t be re-elected in 2024 and leave Europe out in the cold? There were lots of warnings that trust was being eroded back then. It wasn’t helped by the way AUKUS was handled. And then there’s Brexit. The US may go full Katy Perry -hot and then cold on Europe - for decades to come. The UK may be back to lobbing insults and blowing up trade relationships in a matter of weeks. Russia, on the other hand, isn’t going to move from their doorstep. This is what erosion of trust looks like.
The strategic calculation for Germany and France has changed over the past 5 years - and it isn’t because those countries changed in any fundamental way. That isn’t to say I agree with their approach - just pointing out that they’re behaving in a way that many on the American right (which may soon be in power again) would approve of. Is that shortsighted? Or is long sighted? I don’t know. The only clear thing is that Europe needs to find a security equilibrium (military or diplomatic) that doesn’t assume pre-2016 US guarantees will be around in even 2 years.
As to whether they can do more, sure. But the reality is all of this support isn’t nearly as effective as boots on the ground, and a lot of countries (well pretty much the entire planet) has chosen to sit back and let it play out. A few German guns and a bank messaging (not transacting) system aren’t going to change that.
Ukraine just reminds us of the scale of work ahead of us to rebuild the “west” after the damage wreaked by the “my country first” populist nationalist surges of the past 7 years.
That said, the Ukrainian leadership and resistance have been nothing short of magnificent given what they’re up against. Zelensky is surely a legendary figure now. It’s just a shame - and a collective failure - that we can’t figure out how to stop this (and no, nothing Germany does is going to move the dial one way or the other). The only upside is that this might focus western minds again after the populist nationalist distraction of the past 6 years.
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