I failed in my predictions again. I said there would be no more wars because the Twitter, kittens, and antidepressants generation is not ready to see real-life tomahawks exploding and corpses flying out of windows. They would be all over the various social networks reporting messages for promoting violence, which, I suppose, would make us journalists have to report on the conflict using allegorical emojis — maybe a bomb icon, a family icon, a cross, and a wink with tongue out. But unless Putin is throwing a surprise birthday party for Zelensky, it doesn’t look like his armed forces are entering Ukraine on a peacekeeping mission.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have together achieved a historic milestone: in order to threaten Putin, they revealed the details of their top-secret plans, so that they are no longer secret plans, and therefore Putin does not feel threatened. I haven’t seen anyone execute such a foolproof and brilliant plan since the last time I tried to change a light bulb with a hammer.
It is depressing to see how the little czar of Moscow humiliates the entire free world and no one seems to care.
Of course, it is not just about Ukraine, although the Ukrainian part of the issue might just be enough for the West not to show the usual indifference and inaction. Ukraine matters for us for just about everything. You may think that this is not the best reason, but neither is it negligible: Ukrainian women are beautiful. Personally, I would do anything to see them smile. That includes bombing the Kremlin, of course. They are perhaps the most beautiful women on the planet, even if behind their angelic appearance, they hide a secret: if they ever slap you with an open hand, you will land in Moscow’s Red Square. But even if flirting with Ukrainian women isn’t reason enough to go to war, consider this one: they are in the right, and they have the right, no matter how much the Kremlin’s (sometimes literal) intoxication machinery points the other way.
As I was saying, Joe Biden’s deterrents have been as successful as my numerous resolutions to quit smoking. I first said “I’ll quit tomorrow” at the age of 16. As I write this, Putin is placing his troops in Donbas without a single one of the famous sanctions having yet been enforced. The West, divided, infantilized, hijacked by the woke Left, and led by the zombie in the White House, can’t handle Russia. It is depressing to see how the little czar of Moscow humiliates the entire free world and no one seems to care.
I respect — and I mean it — those who consider that the United States has nothing to gain with this. But as a Spaniard, I think they are making a mistake. The Atlantic alliances have been fundamental for all the decades of certain peace and prosperity we have enjoyed. A good part of the international prestige of the United States lies in the loyalty with which it has always treated its allies, large or small. Nothing that affects Europe can be alien to the United States, just as nothing that affects the United States should be alien to Europe. You may not think this justifies sending troops to Ukraine, but, if there were a president in the White House with a brain and not a man with an eclipse in his head, he would figure out how to curb Putin’s dreams of annexation. Trump is right about this too; it wouldn’t have happened with him. By now he would have already spent the past three months tweeting in all caps — a strategy that has proven to be incredibly effective in cowing enemies and preventing wars during his term in office.
There is an even greater reason to intervene in the crisis. China, jihadism, and the communist narco-sects in Latin America have not disappeared and are still threats to the United States and any Western power. Right now, all the enemies of the West are rubbing their hands together at the inability of the allies to deliver a forceful response to Russia. The weakness that Biden represents so well, don’t forget, encourages our enemies to claim their share of what they want to steal from us.
And then there is Ukraine, where Joe Biden’s threats of toy sanctions are not convincing at all. Even Germany’s decision to halt the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been greeted with laughter in the Kremlin, which was already expecting the move, and which, by the looks of things, will sell its gas to China. In the meantime, Germans will freeze to death, or will have to pay twice as much for energy.
The sanctions devised by Biden and other Western leaders against Russia are swings of a sword that barely grazes the enemy but finds itself severing its own legs all the way through. Of course, the United States, Europe, and NATO should intervene immediately and stop the Russian army by force before the biggest conflict on European soil since World War II gets out of hand. But I seriously doubt they can do it, because they are too busy curbing climate change, fighting sexist toys, and promoting transgenderism in their armies.
Notice to Readers: The American Spectator and Spectator World are marks used by independent publishing companies that are not affiliated in any way. If you are looking for The Spectator World please click on the following link: https://spectatorworld.com/.