Will Europe ANd US Act Now In Ukraine?
Phillip Bobbitt asserts his belief in the London Evening Standard that the current crisis in Ukraine is a test of generations and one which the world cannot fail if it does not want to “begin the 21st century in the way we began the 20th, with powerful states determined to overthrow the international system, tossing away the rulebook for international behaviour that states of the previous century had used to maintain peace.”
But, he argues, it is essential the nations recognize what is at stake.
The current crisis is not a replay of the events that destroyed the international order in 1914. Today we do not have an old order whose enervation invites assaults from global ideological movements. Rather we have a new international order whose stability is being tested in its youth. Russia — and China who is closely watching Western reaction to the crisis in Ukraine — must be integrated into an international community whose problems include dealing with global, networked terror, ethnic and religious cleansing, climate change, and the proliferation of WMD, none of which can be treated successfully without their participation,” writes the Hoover Institution fellow.
Will the global community realizes what is at stake will be witnessed – to an extent – in the next day as European financial ministers meet to discuss tougher sanctions. In the past, Europe has balked on imposing any sanctions out of concern for the repercussions on their economies.
Will France go ahead with their plans to sell two Mistral helicopter carrier warships to Russia? Will it go ahead with a proposed embargo on military shipments?
Carl Bildt, the Swedish foreign minister, and Linas Linkevicius, the Lithuanian foreign minister, has called for an embargo on military shipments and told reporters that “we should have had an arms embargo quite some time ago” and added that “to deliver arms to Russia in this situation is somewhat difficult to defend, to put it mildly.”
In Canada’s Globe and Mail, Simon Palamar wonders whether the demise of Flight 17 will be the impetus needed to take the situation in Ukraine seriously.
“However, Putin alone is not responsible. Since last November, when the maidan protests began, Canada, the United States and Europe have been slow to take action to help contain the political conflict in Ukraine. While the Kremlin provoked the war in Ukraine, and threw fuel on the fire, the rest of the world gave Vladimir Putin very little reason to change his course of action.
“Europe has perhaps been the worst offender of the three. European governments and companies have continued to develop natural gas deals with Russia, while the violence in Ukraine has raged,” he maintains.
While the legitimacy of the world community is at stake in Ukraine, the legitimacy of the United Nations is at stake in Gaza after it was discovered that the UN refugee agency took an unusual action.
According to The Tablet, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, announced that it had found a cache of 20 missiles beneath a U.N.-sponsored school in Gaza last week, and even issued a statement condemning the placement of missiles in a school. But rather than destroy the munitions, the UN agency returned the arms to a “Gaza authority” that turned out to be Hamas.
The Wire reported that a second cache of weapons was found at a UN school on Monday.