Analyst Insists NATO Intervention In Ukraine Won't Spark World War III
Liberal democracies have war fatigue. It has been proven by disengagement and withdrawal from conflicts (like in Afghanistan) and limited interventions (like in Syria, Libya, and Yemen), where Western forces concentrated on airstrikes and assistance to other fighting forces, such as the Saudis in Yemen and rebels in Syria, Limor Simhony, a London-based policy advisor, reported for Foreign Policy.
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Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 passed with few consequences for Russia, and as Russia prepared to invade the rest of Ukraine on Feb. 24, it was clear that Western nations would stick to a policy of non-engagement, emboldening President Vladimir Putin to go on with his bloody misadventure.
It is now time for NATO to show Putin that it is not scared of his threat to use tactical nuclear weapons. Russia is simply an inferior opponent and Putin’s nose has been battered black and blue by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Russia’s indiscriminate attacks against Ukrainian civilians—including bombing hospitals and schools as well as the use of horrific weapons, such as cluster bombs and white phosphorus—should drive the West to reevaluate its war engagement policy and take a more active role by implementing a no-fly zone or securing evacuation corridors—perhaps even actively fighting Russian forces.
The US has started to ship in tanks and even warplanes to Ukraine as the war in the Donbas region of Ukraine is expected to intensify.
Sanctions against Russia have been severe and Ukrainian forces have been receiving weapons, equipment, and valuable intelligence from Western nations, which have allowed them to deploy unexpected force against Russian troops—fiercely contesting their invasion and causing thousands of casualties, loss of tanks, and other armored vehicles, rocket launchers, aircraft, and ships.
Diplomatic efforts to keep Russia isolated have also been crucial, forcing Putin to retreat from Ukraine to concentrate on Luhansk and Donetsk, where his puppets have formed their own statelets.