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What Is the Point of Deepening the War?

Four months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the United States and consequently, Europe, are becoming increasingly involved in this war.
It is not clear what exactly they are trying to achieve.

Most likely, although they do not admit it, the heroism of the Ukrainians encouraged them to seek to weaken the Russian Armed Forces to the point that they would not pose a threat for at least a decade, so they could then turn their attention to China without worrying about a possible two-front conflict.

Recently, the U.S. President announced the transfer of high-tech weapons, such as advanced multi-rocket launchers, to Ukraine. Germany will do something similar.

This is a substantial upgrade for Ukraine and a deepening of the West’s involvement in the war, which a Russian spokesman described as “adding fuel to the fire.”

Realizing the concerns raised by these decisions, President Biden published an article in the New York Times, which, among other things, states:

“We do not seek a war between NATO and Russia. As much as I disagree with Mr. Putin, and find his actions an outrage, the United States will not try to bring about his ouster in Moscow. So long as the United States or our allies are not attacked, we will not be directly engaged in this conflict, either by sending American troops to fight in Ukraine or by attacking Russian forces. We are not encouraging or enabling Ukraine to strike beyond its borders. We do not want to prolong the war just to inflict pain on Russia.”

These clarifications are useful. However they sound insincere. They seem not to correspond to the facts.

The problem with these decisions is that they do not take into account how Putin will react. How much longer will he tolerate our supplying the Ukrainians with modern means of warfare that spread death to his Armed Forces before he wants to prevent their transfer, extending war in ways that are dangerous for world peace?

This newspaper has unequivocally condemned and continues to unequivocally condemn Russia’s criminal invasion of an independent and sovereign country, Ukraine.

The people of Ukraine are paying dearly for this crime. The intruder should not go unpunished either. Quite the contrary.

However, it is up to the West to decide whether it wants to risk a third world war because of this.

If not, then it should prepare the ground for a negotiated solution.

Four months have already passed. The war should not be allowed to last much longer.

The decisions of the Biden administration show that the United States wants to continue it for at least another stretch of time. But it is hard to imagine that Putin would later accept conditions for a ceasefire that he rejects today. Unless he is defeated. That’s not very likely.

The West has already achieved most of its goals. It has taught a lesson to every aspiring authoritarian leader.

What more can the Ukrainian people and the West gain by continuing the war without jeopardizing world peace?


My name is Charles Robbins, the chief correspondent of the Chicago Daily Tribune in Constantinople.

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