Pyrrhic War Games

This is not the time for the narrow outlook of a bygone era but to unite to address the more urgent challenges faced By the world such as climate change, Covid-19, inequality, poverty and inclusiveness for the sustained good of mankind

By Mrinal Roy

At the G7 summit held on 26-28 June in Germany, the leaders of Germany, the United States, France, Italy, Canada, Japan and Britain pledged to continue ‘military, financial, humanitarian and diplomatic support to Ukraine for as long as it takes.’ How can a small coterie of 7 countries out of 195 countries in the world callously decide to unnecessarily prolong an unequal war despite the fact that the continuing war and the related sanctions are causing food and energy prices to soar, eroding purchasing power and imposing dire hardships on people across the world and in developing countries in particular.

The war has disrupted supply chains, trade and access to key food supplies and heightened the risk of a global food crisis. The whole world is still reeling from the crippling impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Against such a backdrop, how can the US and Europe doggedly continue this pyrrhic proxy war in pursuit of narrow geopolitical interests despite the continued destruction of Ukraine, the loss of large expanse of territory and strategic cities and ports, increasing casualties and refugees and widespread distress and suffering in the country? Is Ukraine an expendable sacrificial lamb? How can a handful of countries wantonly hold the whole world hostage of their parochial interests?

Despite the transfer of tens of billions of dollars of military hardware including missiles and a wide range of high-tech weaponry and daily war propaganda aired on main news channels, the reality is that Ukraine has been unable to turn the tide of the war. In an article which appeared in the New York Times earlier this month, the newspaper names a number of reasons behind the Ukrainian armed forces’ failures. These include limited time for training to use sophisticated weapons; huge losses among the “most battle-hardened” and well-trained Ukrainian forces and limited military expertise of intelligence operatives tasked to train them. Read More… Become a Subscriber

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