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New decades of cold war

Håkon Lutdal
Officer, sports director and municipal director. The Army's War School, the Army's Staff School and the British Staff School, ended in the Army in 1989.
UKRAINE / Putin totally miscalculated. And what will be the verdict of history on President Zelenskyj?

Even the greatest experts did not imagine that the disputes and battles between Russia and Ukraine, which have been going on since 2014, would turn into full-scale war in Ukraine. Even those with the most negative view of President Putin didn't think he could be so crazy. But we were all dead wrong. And Putin totally miscalculated, thinking that after the initial phase of the war he would get his way with Ukraine. One of his stated ambitions was to remove the country's leadership. Not dissimilar to measures the United States has taken on several occasions. When now the war does not end and the world is damaged and Europe destroyed forever, others must also take some of the blame for it, and for there to be new decades of cold war. 

Ukraine should have already taken the initiative for negotiations at the beginning of the war. And NATO and the West should have demanded the same before they piled Ukraine with all kinds of weapons, and thus created continuous war. History's verdict on President Zelenskyj can easily be formulated like this: "the actor who sacrificed his country for a leading role". And as he plays it! Everyone is impressed and dances to his pipe. Without conditions. We hear little about the opposition in Ukraine – but it demands peace negotiations and an end to all the death and destruction after constant attacks and counter-attacks. 

NATO / Stoltenberg

The verdict on NATO's leader Jens Stoltenberg will not be lenient. He acted almost childishly arrogant when he dismissed on several occasions the Russians' fears about Ukraine's NATO membership. And he was the purest warmonger where he made pilgrimages to the border states to frighten them. When he was asked if he had been in contact with Putin, he replied "no, I have nothing to talk to him about". Incredible. World politics requires something more than this.  

Europe is missing its leading politician of the last ten years, Angela Merkel. She would have had sense and power enough to get the parties to talk, which the French president wanted, but nothing came of it. The US and NATO want the war to be won without compromise. And when Germany and other countries now send modern tanks, the war will escalate, with a great danger that some of the "arms suppliers" will be drawn directly into the war. And since tanks aren't worth much without air support, the planes will probably come too. And the war will be total, also from Russia. 

When the Secretary-General went to Asia to draw South Korea and Japan into the war, some wondered what he was up to. In South Korea to ask them to change the law so that they can supply weapons, to Japan in the footsteps of President Biden after promising billions in aid? It is certainly the world war that applies. The USA, which is waging its own war in the war and supplies more than half of all weapons and huge sums of money.

In Infinity

The war seems to drag on endlessly. More effective weapons lead to harsher warfare, with total destruction of the country. The war must stop now. The end will be the same whether it happens immediately or in two years. A compromise will be inevitable. The difference will only be more dead, new destruction and further displacement. The West has messed it up horribly and should now really think about it. Ukraine's eventual NATO membership is the least casualty. The contact with Zelenskyj must contain demands for credible peace promotion now, before the whole of Ukraine is razed and hundreds of thousands of new Ukrainian and Russian soldiers are sacrificed.  

Chief of Defense Erik Kristoffersen was quoted a few weeks ago as saying that he does not think either side will win the war. That there will be no military solution. Agreed. Therefore, stop the supply of weapons now, and do something to start negotiations.

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