David Ball: Justice, nuclear safety on the side of Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy answers media questions during his press conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday Feb. 25, 2024.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy answers media questions during his press conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday Feb. 25, 2024. AP PHOTO/EVGENIY MALOLETKA

Published: 02-26-2024 6:14 PM

Modified: 02-26-2024 6:14 PM


Three things stood out for me in Martin Schotz’s guest Column on Ukraine [“Rethinking U.S. interests on anniversary of war in Ukraine,” Gazette, Feb. 23]. First, the oddity of seeing someone who is presumably a liberal pacifist taking the same position today (not in the past) as Putin’s friend Donald Trump and the latter’s lackey Mike Johnson. To put it simply: stop helping Ukraine and let Putin “negotiate” a deal giving the country to Putin. Second, the use of words as smokescreens. Russia’s invasion of a smaller, weaker neighbor is called “Russia’s military operations.” Putin first called the invasion a “special military operation.” Third, the inversion of reality: the writer thinks the threat of nuclear war is becoming greater as Ukraine resists Russian invasion. The opposite is true. If a nuclear power can blackmail a weaker neighbor into submission —sorry, “negotiation” — by invading it, then China and North Korea could do the same. In that case, why wouldn’t China invade Taiwan and North Korea invade South Korea? And then we would have a far greater risk of nuclear war: the United States would not just stand by and watch. Ukraine’s resistance is actually lessening the risk of nuclear war. The writer says he is a member of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice. But justice is firmly on the side of Ukraine, not Russia.

David Ball

Northampton

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