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Biden’s $40billion war aid to Ukraine is fatal

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Bimal Prasad Mohapatra
Bimal Prasad Mohapatrahttp://www.trident.ac.in
Columnist is a Senior Research Fellow in Defense Research and Studies (DRaS), Faculty of Management Studies in Trident Group of Institutions, Bhubaneswar, and author of novel "Travails of LOVE" and "Bimal's ANAND MATH". He writes column on Geopolitics, Indian Politics and Media for MyVoice.OpIndia, DRaS, The Kootneeti, The Diplomatists, The Avenue Mail, Delhi Post, Orissa Post, Outlook Afghanista, The Manila Times, etc. And also Moderated Panel Discussion on Geopolitics, Politics and Media

On dt.22.05.2022, this author read two news in the same page in an Indian national daily (TNIE) which are found at odds to each other. Sadly while one promotes the continuation of ongoing Russia-Ukraine war despite the furious outcome with loss of lives and property in Ukraine apart from increasing food and energy crisis and inflation the whole world has been suffering from for last three months, the other news tells the desperate wish of prime victim Ukraine’s President to end the war diplomatically as if he lately recognizes diplomacy is the only way forward.

News No.1 under headline “Biden signs $40-bn aid bill for war effort” read “US President Joe Biden on Saturday signed a $40-billion bill set to ensure a steady supply of weaponry and economic support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia, the White House said. The bill, which will funnel support to Ukraine for about the next five months, include around $6 billion budgeted for armoured vehicles and air defences.” Note: next five months. What does this mean? Is the Uncle Sam sure of war continuation? And, if so, for whose benefit?

On very next day of the Russia-Ukraine war started, German announced to buy Euro100-Billion worth of fighter planes from the US. So also recently Canada announced to go for large arms purchases from the US. Soon other nations in the region may follow as NATO barking expands to Russian north-western border with membership of so far neutral Nordic states. So to remind all concerned, here this author wishes to quote what America’s eminent diplomat and strategic thinker Henry Kissinger’s stated, “America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.”

Why there is no news about the Super Power US initiated diplomatic effort to end the war? This question hunts all right thinking people all over the world for whom fast recovery from allegedly China exported dreaded pandemic Covid19 that rained havoc irrespective of rich and poor for long two years and has not yet fully tamed is top priority, not the war which could have been averted through diplomatic efforts, or/and if not averted could have been differed.

News No.2 under headline “Only diplomacy can end war: Zelenskyy” read “The Ukraine war can only be resolved through ‘diplomacy’, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Saturday amid a deadlock in negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow. ‘The end will be through diplomacy’, he told to a Ukrainian television channel. The war ‘will be bloody, there will be fighting but will only definitely end through diplomacy’. ‘Discussions between Ukraine and Russia will decidedly take place. Under what format I don’t know – with intermediaries, without them, in a broader group, at presidential level’, Zelenskyy said.”

The above statements of Zelenskyy tell his desperation to end the war. But, he does not find the way forward. He is in total confusion. On the one hand, there is free flow of money and arms supplies from friendly countries including the Super Power US to fight Russian invasion; and on the other hand, the ill-famous statement “To be America’s enemy is dangerous, but to be America’s friend is fatal” of former US top diplomat and strategic thinker Henry Kissinger apart from refusal of friends including the US to physically join the Ukrainian Army in their fight against enemy. The other aspect that adds to the pain of Ukrainian now is the Russia’s recent attacks on arms supplies from friendly countries as threatened by Putin during the early days of war.

And it seems Zelenskyy has understood the futility of his machtpolitik in front of a war veteran Russian President Vladimir Putin though Ukrainian forces have got some successes in country’s northern war front and successfully defended the capital city Kyiv. But, the losses in the eastern and southern fronts the most developed and industrial region of the country apart from loss of port cities on the Black Sea are lasting. If Russia succeeds in its latest strategy in penetrating in southern front, Ukraine may be a landlocked nation, a huge loss from the country’s economy and strategic point of views.

The solution to the vexed issue lies in understanding the suggestions of Pope Francis. Wall Street Journal in its May 3, 2022 opinion piece quoting Pope writes: “‘Barking of NATO at the door of Russia’ might have led to the invasion of Ukraine. ‘In Ukraine, it was other states that created the conflict,’ and without identifying which states. He likened the war to other conflicts that he said were fomented by international interests: ‘Syria, Yemen, Iraq, one war after another in Africa.’ ‘I don’t know how to answer—I am too far away—whether it is right to supply the Ukrainians’ with weapons, the Pope said. ‘What’s clear is that in this land arms are being tested… Wars are fought for this: to test the arms we have made.’”

It is difficult to ruled out when Pope pronounced the above facts he might have in his mind what The Washington Post wrote in an April article titled “Right-wing Azov Battalion emerges as a controversial defender of Ukraine” that read, “Of all the Ukrainian forces fighting the invading Russian military, the most controversial is the Azov Battalion. It is among Ukraine’s most adept military units and has battled Russian forces in key sites, including the besieged city of Mariupol and near the capital, Kyiv. With Russian forces withdrawing from areas north of Kyiv last week and possibly repositioning in southern and eastern Ukraine, which Moscow has declared as its primary focus, the Azov forces could grow in significance. …the battalion’s far-right nationalist ideology has raised concerns that it is attracting extremists, including white supremacist neo-Nazis, who could pose a future threat. When Putin cast his assault on Ukraine as a quest to “de-Nazify” the country, seeking to delegitimize the Ukrainian government and Ukrainian nationalism as fascist, he was partly referring to the Azov forces.” In an interview, the force’s co-founder and top commander, Col. Andriy Biletskiy, did not dispute his far-right ultraconservative leanings or the presence of some extremists in his units, according to The Washington Post.

Transnational support for Azov has been wide, and Ukraine has emerged as a new hub for the far right across the world, The Post alleged. “…Even as they have consistently denied any Nazi affiliations, their uniforms and tattoos on many of their fighters display a number of fascist and Nazi symbols, including swastikas and SS symbols.”

The world has not yet recovered from the US promotion of Islamic extremist’s elements against Soviet Russia in 1980s in Afghanistan. To add to that now has Nazi and White Supremacists getting armed. Is it not known to Biden Administration that it’s supplied arms reaching another Abrahamic extremist group? Difficult to disbelieve! Yet, $40 billion for war effort! So to believe what Henry Kissinger said not so long ago, “To be America’s enemy is dangerous, but to be America’s friend is fatal.” Russia being enemy of the Uncle Sam is in danger, a fact difficult to ignore; while Ukraine being friend of the same is getting fatalities when Americans interests are fulfilled –as Pope alleged- with arms testing, and arms sales starting with announcement of German on very next day the ongoing war started.

Now, the ball is in Zelenskyy court: whether to welcome Biden’s $40-billion bill set to ensure a steady supply of weaponry and economic support for next five months and fight US’s war, which possible may lead Ukraine to be Europe’s Afghanistan, or go for diplomatic solution acknowledging Henry Kissinger, a former US strategy policy insider, widely visible revelation, “America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.”

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is an European problem like Soviet Russia invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 was a South Asian problem. Divided South Asia allowed Uncle Sam to intervene then. And the same mistake Europe does now despite they are united. Former US President Donald Trump may be branded derogatorily ‘Don’, but he is right when he says ‘It would be a great thing for Russia and Ukraine to reconcile their regional conflict.’ Over two decades time, the US spent about $2,313 billion (Watson Institute) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but left the country handing over the same to rogue elements that America ousted in 2021 with the excuse of ‘Americans were not in Afghanistan for nation building.’

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Bimal Prasad Mohapatra
Bimal Prasad Mohapatrahttp://www.trident.ac.in
Columnist is a Senior Research Fellow in Defense Research and Studies (DRaS), Faculty of Management Studies in Trident Group of Institutions, Bhubaneswar, and author of novel "Travails of LOVE" and "Bimal's ANAND MATH". He writes column on Geopolitics, Indian Politics and Media for MyVoice.OpIndia, DRaS, The Kootneeti, The Diplomatists, The Avenue Mail, Delhi Post, Orissa Post, Outlook Afghanista, The Manila Times, etc. And also Moderated Panel Discussion on Geopolitics, Politics and Media
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