Establish a no-fly zone in Ukraine
Establish a no-fly zone in Ukraine
This question isn’t closed. Public pressure is working - already many companies and governments have taken stronger stances against Russia than they were originally ready to because of widespread public backlash. Recent polls show broad support among the American people to answer Zelensky’s plea for a no-fly zone over Ukraine. Politicians will act if they feel that inaction will threaten their re-election. Contact your representatives and have your voice heard.
Americans spend nearly $1,000,000,000,000 on our military per year. It is time that such expenditures fulfill their purported purpose of defending democracy against tyranny. The will of the American people, not fiscally motivated self-interest, must once again become the moral compass guiding where military power is projected abroad.
Time is of the essence, as each day brings with it fresh reports of brazen war crimes. Unable to achieve its desired military objectives, Russia has doubled down on its tactic of bombarding civilians in the hopes of terrorizing Ukraine into capitulation. Maternity hospitals, schools, holy sites – nothing is spared from wanton destruction. Mariupol and other cities face a growing humanitarian catastrophe after Russia continues to prevent safe evacuation. Intelligence agencies now warn of imminent chemical warfare.
Each day the U.S. fails to act we bear a greater and greater responsibility for this unfolding tragedy. The power that the West possesses to end this atrocity brings with it the burden of responsibility to act in such instances of wanton slaughter, especially given the explicit commitments made in the Budapest Memorandum to uphold Ukrainian sovereignty.
Ukrainians are fully aware that the difference between success and failure is not just regime change – it is survival or extinction. Putin’s fascism is now clearly evident to the rest of the world, but Ukrainians have been intimately familiar with it ever since they ousted the murderous dictator Victor Yanukovych, who Putin wants to reinstate. This so-called “leader”, who responded to peaceful protests with widespread state-sanctioned kidnapping, torture, and mass murder, who sent death squads of snipers to shoot his own countrymen in cold blood, represents the most abhorrent potential of human nature. Such individuals must be stopped from regaining power at all costs.
Current intelligence assessments suggest a high likelihood of Ukraine becoming a quagmire for Russia that could last decades. The Soviet occupation of Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989 provides a preview of the horrors that will certainly occur if Putin’s aggression goes unchecked. If Ukrainians suffer at a rate similar to Afghanis over this length of time, we can expect over 10 million dead, twice as many disabled, and over 30 million displaced. Such a human toll is unconscionable when such a clear path to avert it exists. Sanctions and aid are not enough. Any measures short of those necessary to flip the balance of power in favor of Ukraine only serve to increase the suffering on both sides. America has a choice to either uphold the promises it has made and the ideals it claims to uphold, or sit back and watch the slow genocide of Ukrainians.
American leadership thus far has acted only in the interest of avoiding conflict with Russia at all costs, suggesting direct action would threaten our nation’s safety and security. In reality, it is Russia who is at risk and must avoid fighting NATO at all costs. To wilt in the face of blatantly empty threats is to play directly into the enemy’s hands, and doing so would irrevocably damage America’s credibility and prestige internationally. Such diminished standing represents the true threat to national security represented by this crisis.
In 1994, Ukraine signed the Budapest Memorandum with Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom, voluntarily giving up the third largest nuclear arsenal in the world. In exchange for forfeiting the security provided by these weapons, the signing nations committed to protect Ukrainian sovereignty, prohibit economic or military foreign coercion, and refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine. The agreement also called for immediate UN Security Council action assisting Ukraine, as a non-nuclear-weapon state, if it should become a victim of an act or threat of aggression involving nuclear weapons.
Despite being one of those guarantors, Russia has now launched a full-fledged invasion against Ukraine, with the goal of destroying their government and sovereignty. These actions, in any context, constitute the most extreme possible violation of this agreement. We demand that the US government, as one of the original guarantors of the Budapest Memorandum, create a no-fly zone above the territory of Ukraine. The United States possesses the only military with the strength to impose such necessary protections and such actions would be in accordance with the commitment made to protect nations striving for nuclear disarmament. Allowing Russian aggression to go unchecked would demonstrate to all nations without nuclear capabilities that their safety cannot be ensured by diplomatic means.
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