My latest thoughts on Ukraine and ISIS/Daesh

A couple of good things on the news front.

Things seem to have stabilized and quieted in Ukraine, after “rebels” seized a key town. (I add the quote mark on “rebels” because while many truly are, there are also quite a few Russian soldiers involved, not to mention heavy weapons from Russian units.)

It sounds stupid, since I’m a fan of peace, but to me all these cease fires are a complete waste of time. Both sides are just using the time to position units and resupply.

I might be wrong, but this war in Ukraine is far from over, in my opinion. I sincerely hope both Ukraine and other Western countries are using this time to further prepare, as well. Because if you think Putin isn’t, then you’re either Gandhi or a pretty big fool.

If you want peace, prepare for war…

Don’t get me wrong though. I’m not saying Putin is wrong for doing so. If I were Russian, I might even support it. No matter how we spin it here in the West, we helped create the uprising in Ukraine, and if the situation were reversed and Russia had assisted in such an uprising in a country near us, I’m pretty sure our country would be acting quite similarly. (Note: Some say this assistance is false, but we did spend $5 billion to assist that country in helping it to stand on its own two feet since it exited the Soviet Union back in 1991.)

On the ISIS/Daesh front, they’re still getting hundreds or thousands of new fighters volunteering from the West. I guess I’m okay with that, in that if that’s where your allegiance is, go ahead and go join them. I’d rather these folks go there than stay here.

But not everything is going well. They’re in danger of losing their main supply route — a pretty serious threat, I’d say — and things aren’t going so well for them in Syria.

That’s it from here.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m a full-time, action-fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years writing every day in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things American foreign policy, national security, and all things Marine Corps.


2 thoughts on “My latest thoughts on Ukraine and ISIS/Daesh

  1. I would say that the assistance we have given Ukraine since their independence might well have led to this problem, if only because the Russians don’t like states on their borders acting like they are, well, independent states. While they may have some justification for being paranoid— you can’t lose all the people they lost to an invader from the West in WW2 and not be worried about it happening again— in reality there never has been a possibility that NATO would invade Russia. What Putin is doing is nothing more or less than an attempt to regain that buffer zone they enjoyed for fifty years.


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