NATO and Russia — Whistling Past Each Other’s Graveyards, by Tom Luongo

The more you look at the Ukraine situation the more it looks like a trap . . . for the West. The U.S. and Europe appear to be underestimating Russia and China and overestimating their own strengths. Especially bothersome is the U.S. tendency not to listen to anybody, not even its allies. It’s putting Europe and Ukraine through the wringer in service to its hegemonic aims, and it’s hard to escape the feeling that there will be hell to pay. From Tom Luongo at

What we have here, is a failure to communicate.”
-Cool Hand Luke

There are so many angles from which to view the war in Ukraine. I’ve tried my best to cover them to get a sense of why we are where we are… which is headed towards a much larger conflict.

Despite my deep cynicism, I am essentially an optimist. I tend to see opportunities for end games that result in humanity walking away from any kind of final solution. And sometimes that means having to look beyond the boundary conditions of the current conflict and see it in the grander context of what humanity is trying to achieve.

So remember, this is my bias. There’s a solution even if things look bleak because humanity has always recoiled from the worst of its excesses when personally confronted with them, at least for a few generations until the memories fade.

In WWII the nominal good guys, the Allies, defeated the nominal bad guys, the Axis, but mainly the Nazis. I’m not one to subscribe to that caricature of events. I know the issues are far deeper than that.

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