Letters to the Editor, March 5, 2022
PUTIN SAW HIS CHANCE
Vladimir Putin set the invasion of Ukraine in motion very simply because he assessed that he could get away with it, with a very weak and confused U.S. president. He sees himself as the new czar. If he does get away with this, well, I would not want to be a Finn, or a Georgian. He would not have done this with Ronald Reagan or Richard Nixon in the White House, or, dare I say it, Donald Trump. The only thing figuring into Putin’s go-no-go calculus is the possibility of U.S. and NATO military action. He didn’t see the will there, and timing is everything. We don’t have a Winston Churchill in the West today. I don’t know how this is going to end. I can only hope that a result is that Canadian voters have an epiphany and finally get the state of our military on their radar before the next election. The only thing that counts to make an impact and have a voice as a nation in the global context, with the Putins of the world, is a strong military. Posturing and virtue-signalling are just noise. Successive Canadian governments on both sides of the aisle since the mid-’60s reduced our professional and dedicated Armed Forces to near-irrelevance globally. I’m afraid we now will see the result in the short-term.
(There is no question we need to strengthen our military capabilities. And sadly no, there is Churchill who can rally the world’s leaders to stop Putin)
(Failure of leadership, you’d think Canadians would be used to it by now)
TIME TO ACT
What NATO, the EU, the West and other countries are doing is nothing compared to what Putin is doing and will continue to do. This brings to mind the statement of long ago: What lets evil succeed is for good people to do nothing. Maybe the decent countries of the world need to have a change in plans pretty damn quick. This planned genocide has to be stopped.
(We need to give the great people of Ukraine the weapons and air support to fight)