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When people show courage…

I can’t at the moment find the source, but I remember a story about General Lucius Clay being sceptical about breaking the blockade of West Berlin after the Soviet Union closed off the city in 1948. It didn’t seem feasible to him to supply some 2 million Berliners from the air. But the courage and defiance of the locals impressed him so much, that he overcame his doubts and supported the project, that would eventually save the city.

I have a similar impression about the Western response to the recent invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Only after the first two days, when the Ukrainians showed that they were willing and able to resist, did Western powers takes sanctions against Russia seriously. Only then did Germany get off the fence and agree to provide weapons, and only then did the rest of Europe agree to the ‚nuclear’ SWIFT option. Without ‚Go fuck yourself‘, ‚Put these sunflower seeds in your pocket for your grave‘ and ‚I want ammunition, not a ride‘ Ukraine would already be a part of Russia.


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Ingeborg on :

Schöner Anlass, so ein Blog, die Gedanken zu ordnen.
Zurn Ukraine bin ich sehr zwiegespalten. Ja, es ist beeindruckend, welchen Widerstandsgeist dieses Land aufbringt. Trotzdem geht es mir total gegen den Strich, dass die Lösung Waffen sein sollen.
Es gibt übrigens eine nette Serie, die Selenskij ca. 2015 gedreht hat und die geholfen hat, dass er Präsident wurde: "Diener des Volkes", viellleicht kennst Du die, noch bis 18.5.22 in der arte-mediathek zu sehen.

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