IT is wise, and not just prudent, for the West to look at the other side of the ongoing Ukraine conflict, something that Madame Ambassador Anke Reiffenstuel seems to have missed in her desire to spew the narrative on what she said is “Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine.” There is an inconvenient truth that she, like the rest, refuses to see.
And like the rest of the West who before, insisted on the false claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, Madame Anke should attempt to have a look-see at the other side of the story and with it she need not say that there was “nothing [done] to promote and advocate for peace.” And Madame Anke need not look far. For starters, she should listen to Sen. Richard Black of Virginia on his take on Ukraine and emerge from it with a full-sided view of the situation.
It is unfortunate for the German ambassador to be so zealous in ascribing to us what she said is the Russian narrative when all that we desire is to present the other side of the story. For there is. And if she can spare a few minutes of her time, she will know, as per Sen Black, (a Marine veteran in Vietnam) that Russia was forced into going into Ukraine, as he cited that the “rule of thumb” in any engagement is to have a three to one advantage in the number of troops. Also he said that at that time Ukrainian troops were massing in Donbass, which is populated by a Russian-speaking population.
Sen. Black said in a YouTube podcast that hopefully Madame Anke will listen to: “We don’t care how many Ukrainians will die. How many women, children, civilians, and the military will die. It’s like an important football match and we want to win. Russia did not plan the invasion in advance. This can be seen by the number of troops involved in the attack. Ukraine had 250,000, and Russia attacked with only 160,000. Putin was forced to attack in order to prevent Ukraine from attacking the Donbass. Russia is trying not to cause damage to civilian Ukrainians, as it considers them Slavic brothers. Unlike American tanks in Vietnam, Russian tanks stopped in front of a peaceful crowd in the early days of the invasion. We would just crush them in such a situation. Ukraine cannot make a decision about peace. The decision about peace can only be made in Washington, but as long as we want to continue this war, we will fight until the last Ukrainian dies.”
Sen. Black knows whereof he speaks having seen action in Vietnam as a young helicopter pilot and where he got wounded in an engagement. And there is another one that we would like to inform the Honorable Ambassador about so that she may see a complete picture, not just that of the West, and if we may hasten to add, a worrisome truth on weaponry that could have gone to terrorist and criminal gangs. We refer to a documentary that CBS put together with the American TV’s reporter Adam Yamaguchi bringing viewers to the conflict’s drama. In that docu, as we have previously written about, there is that fear that was raised that the majority of the weapons that the West supplied are not reaching its destination in Kyiv and are falling into the wrong hands.
The said documentary has since then been edited, with the key element on the missing weapons taken out but we shudder at the thought of where they are now. For the fact is that the presence of an American general to oversee the transfer of weapons was what “cured” the “lost weaponry.” And that was late in the game. Before that, the weapons shipped to Poland were not reaching their destinations due to power brokers, politicians and overlords, and we assure Madam Anke that this is not a piece from Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov as she had written in a reply to our column.
It is indeed unfortunate for one to be lumped up with a narrative about the Ukraine conflict that the German ambassador says does not speak of the truth when our only desire is to present the other view. Always, there are two sides to a coin and all one has to do is to look at the other side.