A Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted March 2nd, 2022 on Niagara At Large
I’ve been an anti-war peacenik since my high school days in the 1960s so I have a very hard time saying this.
But I’m going to say it anyway.
I turn on the cable news and look at those aerial shots of that 40-mile-long convoy of Russian tanks and other lethal military equipment on open roads, heading slowly but surely toward Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv and the brave people still there to defend their city and country from the hellish ambitions of a madman and I am thinking; ‘Where are the NATO force’s jet bombers?
Why aren’t the United States, Canada and other members of NATO ordering jets in the air to blow this convoy to smithereens?
I have heard over and over again from retired generals and other senior officers familiar with the NATO forces that NTO has enough air power in this region of the world to turn this convoy and all of the Russian military personal manning it into flaming piles of metal and flesh within 10 or 15 minutes.
So why not do it before the military vehicles and those manning it enter Kyiv and disperse through the city’s Ukrainian population where they will be so much harder to pick off without the risk of turning the good people there into collateral damage.
Yes, I’ve heard some of the arguments against NATO forces going in there now. A combination of Ukrainian resistance and sanctions may be enough to defeat Putin in the end, and of most concern, we don’t want to trigger something approaching World War Three with a lunatic who has nuclear bombs.
To which I say didn’t we learn any lessons from history around Hitler and the Nazis?
Earlier on, Hitler and his army marched into Austria and it was; ‘Oh well, maybe that’s it.’ Later he pushed his way into Czechoslovakia and it was; ‘Well, maybe we can still negotiate with him, get him to sign a paper that he won’t do it again. Then he invaded Poland and there began a world war that snuffed out the lives of 100 million people.
Have we not yet learned the lessons of history – that you cannot reason with an murderous monster who is hell bent on paths of destruction anyway?
Have we not even learned the lessons of the school yard – that the only way to finally stop a bully is to punch them so hard that they can’t get off the ground?
So why are NATO countries waiting to use the kind of force that was built to stop evil like Putin in the first place?
Why wait until Putin turns Ukraine into a mass graveyard and moves on to invade Poland or another country that was once curtained off in that old Soviet ‘East Bloc’ he is so obviously hell-bent on rebuilding.
There is Putin’s military convoy right out there – a sitting duck in plain sight!.
All NATO leaders have to do is give the orders and blow it to hell. Chances are the Russian people will do the rest. There are plenty of reports to suggest that they are just waiting for the best opportunity to rise up and finish Putin off.
Let’s show this this tyrannical bastard and others with his inclinations how serious we are about defending freedom and democracy around the world.
What do you think?
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