War threat­ened with Russia?

Malta Independent - - DEBATE & ANALYSIS -

Russia’s bar­baric bomb­ing of civil­ians in Syria, un­der strict or­ders from Vladimir Putin, has prompted con­dem­na­tion from the United States of Amer­ica, Ger­many, France and the United King­dom. The Rus­sians’ ag­gres­sive course of ac­tion in Syria and es­pe­cially in Aleppo is in­ten­si­fy­ing in­ter­na­tional ten­sion.

The prob­lem with Putin is that he thinks it is le­gal and ac­cept­able for him to in­vade Ukraine, take Crimea, tar­get a Malaysian air­plane packed with in­no­cent civil­ians, use bar­baric force to kill in­no­cent civil­ians in Syria to help As­sad stay in power, and then to plead not guilty of such bar­barism. If Putin can lie to stick to his ag­gres­sive plans, what makes any­one think that he is not go­ing to lie with im­punity to pro­tect his job and re­main at the helm?

Vladimir Putin is a threat to Europe and to the United States of Amer­ica. Po­lit­i­cal col­lab­o­ra­tion is nec­es­sary to stop him from per­sist­ing in this course of ac­tion. There should be no re­sump­tion of re­la­tions with the Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter be­cause he is just Vladimir Putin’s pup­pet. Di­a­logue with the devil him­self is ab­so­lutely use­less, be­cause he thinks he can do what he likes no mat­ter how strong the op­po­si­tion to his tac­tics is.

One so­lu­tion re­mains: col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween demo­cratic na­tions of the world and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a course of ac­tion against his bar­baric ag­gres­sion.

Europe still re­mains the barom­e­ter of the world’s po­lit­i­cal weather... so what are we wait­ing for?

Jos Ed­mond Zarb Birkirkara

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