Anyway, all’s quiet here among the Western cunts with regard to Israel’s ongoing genocide against the Palestinians, so I’ll lay out for you how I see the Ukraine situation.
If you’ll recall, the fascist right in the United States didn’t want anything to do with it from the beginning, and they still don’t, because they’re fascists, and the dominant spirit of governance within Russia right now is also fascist (it’s actually a kleptocracy but that’s what fascism is, a kleptocracy with some vilified scapegoats… which our right-wing really enjoys). Anyway, the fascist right in the states has more in common with Russia than with their own people or government, or with Ukraine. So, they down-vote funding, and will probably always do so.
If you’ll also recall, the neoliberal right (what many U.S. citizens dubiously refer to as ‘the left’), team Biden / Obama / Hillary / daddy defense contractor / New York anchor desk former CIA panel, didn’t really want anything to do with the actual war from the start either. They liked sanctions and watching Russia spend itself, while pouring billions more into NATO, an alliance that looks really good on paper but which will never actually be called upon to do anything, and if it is, will not because all someone has to say is “nuclear’ and it’s all about strengthening economic ties, again.
But team blue MAGA had to intervene to an extent, because Ukraine didn’t just fall over as they expected (which also would have helped pour more money and gravitas into NATO). It survived the first three days. This was problematic because it made them look all manner of stupid politically and strategically and ethically.
So, Ukraine got some bullets and shells and later drones and rocket systems and the like. But, ultimately, the West was, and is still, pretending to help Ukraine fight a war, rather than actually fighting one. Why would they want to spend billions of dollars pretending at war? Because it still serves their ends. It helps to convince Europe and the world, including the less informed in Asia, that NATO is still a thing and that it sill has power and, most importantly of all, that it still needs money and support. Why is the money for NATO important?
Aside from the political aura granted by its proximity, to leaders who would otherwise not find themselves with access to such power and influence and well-heeled company, that money for weapons and infrastructure gets a lot of people paid. There’s no private money to be made in millions of rounds of small arms ammunition or rockets or dinky drones or any of the rest of it for Ukraine. The money is in bases, in fighter planes, in huge expensive tanks, in precision guided weapons, in nuclear care and feeding, in research and development. You know, the kind of stuff Israel ‘needs’ to fight some guys in black pajamas with “machine guns.”
Now that the Ukraine war is a stalemate, and the West is too chicken-shit to call Putin on his nuclear bluff, that’s it. The money just isn’t there. The margins are just too low. And there’s no political benefit (especially in the states) because the right wants Russia to win and the middle doesn’t want to lose elections to the right and there’s nowhere for the situation to go except badly for Ukraine’s steadfast supporters. Because democracy always caters to the lowest common denominator, morally and practically. Just the way it is. Feel free to love it until the end of time, but it won’t bring you justice. It brings you a delicate balance between psychopaths and organized crime bosses in business suits, same as it ever was.
A Russian black eye makes a few old farts in the security state smile, and it might win a few voters from the Ukrainian diaspora, but these politicians have treated the whole situation like a political burden from the start, because it was. The ethics of it don’t matter. What matters to them is if they can sell it, and if there’s something to sell, preferably with some benefit from that passing through their hands.
There’s no moral component for them, really, with the Ukraine / Russia situation the way there is with their support for what Israel is doing. The latter is a crusade against some ‘other’ that they can barely define and that they have to reach back, however inexplicably, to WWII to cultivate as sufficiently dangerous in the minds of people around the world. The former is just some brutalized kids in old apartment buildings in eastern Europe who probably speak Russian anyway.
They don’t really care about Ukraine, and if they did, they wouldn’t really resolve the situation the way it needs to be resolved because, one, they’re afraid of Putin’s nuclear threats and, two, if they get rid of Putin and Russia becomes a happy democracy with good relations with Europe, there is no longer a need for their precious NATO.
So, Israel’s getting to use the full defense contractor apocalypse package against hospitals and schools and refugee camps in Gaza, because some guys did a mass shooting. In Ukraine you get pretty words and your older brothers’ old crates of ammo. Because as stupid and wrong and shortsighted as these so-called world leaders are, they don’t see any personal gain in doing otherwise. And Ukrainians are being made to suffer and die for it, and it’s absolute bullshit, and I’m sorry.