Ukraine, a reputation war between Russia and the United States

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Before the eyes of the shocked peoples of the world, the catastrophe of the war in Ukraine is spreading every day. From the destruction of cities, to a million people who lost their homes in less than two weeks, to thousands of people killed, the people of Ukraine are going through a massive human tragedy, which is affected by the strong presence of two superpowers, Russia and the United States. States.

For Russian President Vladimir Putin, the war in Ukraine is not just about controlling NATO expansion. For Putin, war is about retaining the prestige, power and credibility he has gained over 20 years. To keep this credibility, which today has become a matter of dignity, he will do nothing in this war.

On the other side of the conflict, for the United States, there is an opportunity to rebuild its lost leadership role that has faced countless challenges in recent years. The United States wants to regain its dignity and its reputation.

The United States’ consistent failures over the past 20 years have caused it irreparable harm. The United States has failed in its war on terrorism. China seeks to invade Taiwan. North Korea continues to test ballistic missiles, with nuclear warhead capability, and has an active nuclear weapons program that the United States has never been able to contain. Despite all the sanctions, the North Korean leaders have not yet stopped their military nuclear program.

Iran and its nuclear program, as well as its arming of terrorist militias in the region and the way it threatens its neighbors, also show that the United States lacks its previous deterrent power. It is not able to stand up to new powers like Russia and China.

The United States started the war in Afghanistan with the aim of defeating terrorism, but began to negotiate with the terrorists after 20 years. With his premature exit, he left the country to the Taliban as terrorism, not just in Afghanistan but globally, remains the greatest security threat.

The United States did not fight the dictators in Iraq, Syria and Libya. His military activities in Yemen against the Houthi militias have been a failure and he has totally disappointed his strategic partners.

Despite all the defeats and failures that have challenged the political and strategic power of the United States, it seems that the Ukraine crisis has given the Biden administration a new opportunity to overcome its previous weakness and regain its reputation.

The active diplomacy of the United States in the face of the Ukrainian crisis shows for them a strategic change.

Biden continues to send his Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, around the world to show that Washington’s active diplomacy can challenge Putin and that this is not an empty assertion.

On March 5, Blinken visited Ukraine and met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs there. The United States was showing Putin its active diplomacy and telling the world that it could be a leader in crisis situations.

Asking Congress for an emergency budget to help the Ukrainian people was also done for the same purpose; as was the generous aid given to Afghanistan after 2001.

The White House Office of Management and Budget has asked Congress for $10 billion in emergency assistance to provide humanitarian, security, and economic assistance to Ukraine, some of which will go to partners in Eastern Europe. the eastern United States. Biden aims to wage war.

Since the United States and Russia are now waging a war of dignity and reputation and challenging each other’s military capabilities on Ukrainian territory, there is every reason to fear an all-out war on a global scale. The fear of a nuclear confrontation concerns not only Ukraine, Russia and the United States; it makes the whole world insecure and directly affects lives on earth.

The increase in the price of oil in the world is a financial effect of this confrontation. But as the war spreads, it may bring new threats to the security of countries aligned with the United States or Russia.

As we watch a country crumble and fall into ruin, and the people of Ukraine experience death and destruction, I am not sure we can take seriously Western slogans about their concern for democracy and human rights. the man.

If the democracy that the West suggests for Ukraine and seeks to implement is the same model used in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria or Libya, it will only bring destruction, misery, civil war and terrorism.

To defeat Saddam Hussein, the West united. But the “democracy” given to the Iraqis was in fact a civil war and a growth of terrorist groups followed by the abandonment of the country to the Iranian regime.

The “democratic mode” for the Syrian people was the restoration of power to Bashar Assad, an ally of Russia and Iran.

Libya is not doing much better either. All we can see there are terrorist and dangerous groups threatening people’s lives and property. Many want Muammar Gaddafi, the former dictator, back.

Does the western world seek to defend human values ​​and democracy in Ukraine? Time will tell us. But the continuation of the war will make more victims who will have to pay for the search for the supremacy of the two great superpowers in the East and in the West with their lives and their property.

The Russian people are another victim of this conflict. The families of soldiers who died in the war do not support Putin’s aggression and military operation and have to pay with their livers the cost for Putin to maintain his image – and also face international pressure from all sides.

Putin is doing everything he can and fighting with all his might for what he is best known for: power, invincibility, the dream of restoring the reach and capabilities of the USSR and his own credibility.

Biden should not just do something to make up for US failures in regional wars and its war on terror – but to bring back US credibility and reputation and some popularity for himself.

A president who is unpopular with his people and whose social behavior, physical weakness and old age have made him the butt of jokes inside and outside the United States now has a great opportunity. to compensate for his weakness. The American people have loved countering Russia, and Biden’s actions may put him and the Democrats on top of that wave.

Ukraine may be different from Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, and even Yemen or Iraq, but as MSNBC correspondent Kelly Cobiella said, it’s a different war because that it involves different people.

She said the Ukrainians were different from the displaced Syrians in that they were “Christian and white”. A CBS commentator also said it was “not a place like Iraq or Afghanistan”, but a “relatively civilized and relatively European” place. In simpler terms, they did not expect the same fate as the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.

These statements could also show the opinion of Western leaders. We have to see how the Americans will fight this different European war and how different the fate of Ukraine and Ukrainians will be from that of non-European and Muslim Middle Easterners.

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