I don’t want World War III to begin. Nuclear warfare seems world ending. But I can’t seem to shake this feeling that we’re not doing enough to stop the war in Ukraine.
During his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, President Biden led with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He announced new sanctions and coordinated stealing of Russian oligarchs’ property. President Biden then called Putin bad. He also said he would defend every inch of NATO countries, which of course, doesn’t include Ukraine. President Biden also promised that not one American solider would touch Ukrainian soil. (I swear I’ve heard that before.) Too bad, none of what President Biden said helps the common people in Ukraine. None of it stops the unnecessary killing of Russian and Ukrainian soldiers. Or the women and children who have and will become “collateral damage” in a war.
The saddest part of President Biden’s speech was a line that everyone has been echoing throughout the past few days. Especially the media.
But what’s it mean?
In layman’s terms, what President Biden meant was: “Good luck, Ukrainians. You’re on your own. We’re gonna do the bare minimum while Russia murders your people and its own soldiers in a violent, barbaric attack.”
Sanctions are crippling poor and middle-class Russians more than the government and the oligarchs. History suggests the effects of these sanctions will hurt ordinary Russians long after this conflict resolves. If humanity still exists after this war. The strategy for sanctions is to strangle away Putin’s power by bankrupting his army. The side effect of that strategy? Regular people in Russia suffer. Governments around the world are betting Russians will suffer enough to overthrow Putin.
It also might help to put sanctions on Russian oil, but I’m no political strategist.
To back up the sanction strategy, our government is doing what we do best. War. The President was more than glad to send over billions of dollars in weapons and supplies. I’m sure he’ll keep asking Congress for more money as things escalate. We won’t sacrifice ground troops, but America’s military industrial complex will make bank.
If that doesn’t work, Senator Lindsey Graham suggested that Russians assassinate Putin. That’s the state of politics in our country. Elected officials calling for the assassination of another government’s leader. Rather than do any work, like trying to stop Putin over the past twenty-one years, the Senator from South Carolina is begging for someone else to do his dirty work. That’s the American way! At least when it comes to the bureaucrats we elect to office.
The government isn’t the only institution letting Americans down during this humanitarian crisis.
People are streaming Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s old shows and movies. Some people are even fan casting him in a future Hollywood movie about Russian’s invasion of Ukraine. As Zelenskyy is hunted by assassins, Jake on Twitter is telling his followers that he believes Jeremy Renner would make a great Zelenskyy. Hundreds of people replied with their thoughts on Hawkeye playing the leader of Ukraine.
That’s how desensitized Americans are.
Between that and the memes about the war, humanity is doomed.
That’s not Jake from Twitter fan casting Zelenskyy during an active war.
It was the New York Post.
Content. Content. Content. Anything for clicks, comments, and shares. Engagement means ad dollars. War? How can the news profit?
News readers aren’t being much better than some of the media outlets chasing clicks during this invasion. By news readers, I mean, the broadcast journalists who sit behind a desk and quite literally read the news. All of these camera-attractive “journalists” keep saying the variations of the same lines.
“Those Ukrainians are sure tough!”
“They’re fighters over there in Ukraine.”
Like the people of Ukraine have any choice in the matter. If they don’t fight, their way of life dies. If they don’t kill their enemy, their men will be slaughtered, and women raped. (Which is already happening in the war zones.) Ukraine is fighting for its existence. Fight or flight. They have to defend their home. It’s the worst kind of trauma.
I don’t know what the right answer is to stop this war.
Or any of the other wars going on in our world as we speak. (Israel has occupied Palestine for the last 54 years, but “that’s different” than Russia occupying Ukraine in the eyes of the American media.)
Unfortunately, the United States bombs and attacks “inferior” countries on the reg. We aid in the toppling of governments, and once, our government staged “vampire attacks” to scare potential communists from power in the Philippines in the 1950s. Our weapons of mass destruction result in civilian deaths all over the globe… but mostly the Middle East. We need to stop our own “collateral damage” because what you see on TV happening in Ukraine, has been happening to people all over the world almost every single day. Some by the hands of the United States.
We’re not a perfect country.
We never will be.
But we can be better.
A lot better.
While those in power play games with human lives, Americans, mainly the poor and middle class, are finding ways to aid the Ukrainian people. Donations are flooding into various organizations that claim to help those suffering in Ukraine. It’s always hard to trust these pop-up donation pushes, and many people are skeptical like me. That’s why some Americans are renting out Airbnb’s in Ukraine. No one is planning to visit, at least not until the war ends, but the renting of Airbnbs in Ukraine is giving money directly to the people in the war-torn country. It’s a speckle of beauty in an ugly world.
We live in strange, violent times.
Politicians watch as a man holds the world hostage while shedding the blood of the innocent. The rest of us hold our breaths, hoping our leaders can prevent doomsday.
But I’m not so sure.
In 1867, British philosopher John Stuart Mill said, “Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.”
As Ukraine burns, our humanity begins to extinguish too.