Today more than ever, hatred toward Russia has never had such dire implications for the world. The fears of yesterday have become the even greater fears of tomorrow. The idea of peace has been waved away as meaningless, and any chance for a peace deal to end the war in Ukraine is not readily entertained, even by formerly peace-loving people.
They firmly believe that any compromise will lead to the annihilation of Ukraine and the entire world. Is this a reasonable perspective? How and why has peace become equated with escalation? Are we really going to save the world by waging war against Russia? Or is this potentially an apparition of sorts?
By the late 1940s, the power of Russian weaponry was on the minds of Americans as a harbinger of future calamities: unstoppable missiles and nuclear-powered planes were just some of the rumored advancements. Even early flying saucer sightings were suspected to be secret Russian technology.
Will the world ever learn from the ghosts of past wars? The dilemma starts here: those calling for war say it’s precisely the lessons learned from previous wars that prove this war must go on. Should the war really not be opposed? The biggest obstacle in understanding this war is the unwillingness to study it beyond newspaper headlines.
Recently, the esteemed American scholar Noam Chomsky was dismissed as a Russian propagandist for emphasizing the necessity of negotiations. Those echoing his thoughts are now the Neville Chamberlains of the world, derided as too simple-minded to see the totality of the situation. American democracy is suffering because unpopular opinions have become enemy propaganda.
Any form of compromise is strongly assumed to be what will erase Ukraine from this planet, but is this rather a confused conclusion? Influenced by decades of fear and worries about a foreign enemy. It is not only Republicans who oppose this war. Opposing the war in Ukraine and supporting the idea of a peace deal will help Ukraine more than arguing for the fighting to continue.
The first thing that should be studied and discussed about this war is whether there is freedom to be won. This is not to say it’s impossible. War proponents have sincerely asked, what are alternatives to the fight for freedom? The question should be, is freedom possible? Because it will not be won through an endless war, it is more likely to be won through dialogue.
More specifically, does democracy even exist in Ukraine? It’s very easy to think of this war as a noble battle for democracy, but democracy must exist first. Despite the appearance of a democratic election, Ukraine unfortunately is not a democracy, therefore it is not fighting for democracy. Ukrainians would need to elect an entirely new leader to even begin to have the possibility of democracy.
Even if Ukrainians were to win the war, they still will not have a democratic government. This puts the war in another light which only proves that the fight for victory is a tragically absurd proposal. To ignore all of this and still want the war to continue is the height of madness. The war in Ukraine has become a superstitious war.
We are losing ourselves in superstition rather than actually trying to understand this war. We will do more harm than good by letting our assumptions get the best of us. If people want to support Ukraine they should be against this war in every way. Ukraine is not saving democracy, Ukraine is not saving the world, no matter how amazing all of that sounds.
Zelensky’s endless demands for more weapons will not magically make things better, but is and will continue to make things worse. Until an agreement is reached, this war will spiral more and more out of control, not the other way around. It is our plunging into superstition which has convinced us that a peace deal will lead to the end of the world. It’s time to wake up.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.
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Mr Jonas: Spot on again! My friend and mentor Anthony Guarisco, may peace be upon him, survived three wars. He was at Pearl Harbor in 1941, then went on maneuvers as a Navy commando attacking Korean port installations over the Korean peninsula, finally as an Atomic veteran where he and tens of thousands of soldiers like himself were ordered to serve as guinea pigs for USN atomic tests in the Pacific. A book by Norman Solomon, “Killing Our Own” tells the tale. He was described by the VA Hospital PTSD Program Director as the most PTSD’d veteran he’d ever encountered. He travelled to Hiroshima and Nagasaki each year during the commemoration ceremonies of those slaughters. Together with Norman Solomon, they occupied the US Embassy in Moscow. He chained himself to the gate of the Rammstein Air Base in Germany, etc. While being his guest at his desert hermit’s abode as I was undergoing my own crisis post-Vietnam. he once said, “Americans are the most brainwashed people on earth.” Indeed.
Nothing is going to change for the better as long as the entire American government and both political parties, as well the whole political and educational systems, ALL remain controlled by the same anti-American, anti-Christian, bloodthirsty and money-hungry bunch.
Those MLRS HIMARS systems Joe Biden sent to Ukraine last month are now causing some major damage to Russia. An MGM-140 ATACMS missile just likely destroyed a Russian ammo depot in Khrustalnyi. American liberals love to poke Russian bears with hot irons. It’s great until the bear wakes up.
Is this why Mr. Duff has been so quiet here lately? Did he get a job at the Biden Administration delivering advanced MLRS systems to the Ukrainians? Are they still doing the Biden ‘victory lap’ dance?
“All we are saying is give peace a chance.” Unfortunately, not in this world, John.
The irony is the USSR never had the capabilities that the FSU now has before they were overestimating Russia’s OB in order to pump more money into the MIC now they are under estimating it in order to continue Ukraine’s suicidal course to destruction. Again by pumping more money into the MIC who are selling them weapons that are ineffective against the Russians. Not to worry because the situation in Ukraine will soon be eclipsed by Taiwan.
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