The invasion of Ukraine is a world war


TIM BRUSNAHAN, Lincoln Executive Club for the Neighborhood Extra

As the midterm elections come to fruition, along with the turbulence of political storms, the importance of understanding what is happening in world events becomes paramount to help make good decisions. Some might say that enlightened and wise advice is needed.

Professor emeritus of international studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and former dean of the department, Tom Gouttierre, discussed this last Monday in his remarks to members of the Executive Club at their weekly lunch downtown. of Lincoln at the Graduate Hotel.

Gouttierre began with a question to his audience: “In your opinion, what constitutes a world war? He received responses relating to the number of participating countries, the size of the demographic area encompassed in the conflict, and the number of casualties, all of which he said were relevant characteristics in determining a global war.

He responded to the current situation unfolding in Ukraine, saying it should be characterized as a world war by similar measures and elements used to categorize WWI and WWII.

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“I claim that we are engaged in a world war today. It will never be like the world wars of old,” said Gouttierre, who began his career teaching international studies at the UN in 1974 before retiring as dean in 2015. , there are more European countries involved in the war in Ukraine than there were during World War II. But there are more European countries today than there were at the time of World War II.

In addition to taking into account the obvious influx of more countries with the evolution of Europe from 1945 to the present day, Gouttierre also pointed to the growth in membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. All this shows how many countries have rallied behind Ukraine in its fight against Russia and Vladimir Putin to remain sovereign.

“What this means is that the whole of the European Union and the members of NATO, including the addition of the two nations of Sweden and Finland, consider themselves committed to providing support to the Ukrainians,” said Gouttierre, who has offered foreign advice to six different U.S. presidents over the years. “There are major considerations at the moment, as we learned this morning from the news that Putin is trying to block the passage of grain through the Black Sea – grain that was destined for Africa, India and China and elsewhere, including European nations, so this extends the reach of the war and its impact to parts of the world that are not currently engaged in combat.

Regarding the devastation of the war and the number of countries affected by this battle in Ukraine, Gouttierre highlighted how far Putin will go with his military conquest and his strategies to defeat his neighbor.

“It impacts energy considerations for the whole world,” he said. “What Putin is doing right now, very smartly, people haven’t noticed enough, as we watch the Ukrainian army against the Russians, at the same time he’s preparing us all for a very, very cold winter, which will raise many questions about our strategy and our support for the Ukrainians.It will affect most of the countries of Europe and other parts of the world as well.

The war and Russian efforts to bomb civilian targets and infrastructure will have a lasting impact on Ukraine and have become a mission of destruction for Putin, according to Gouttierre. He said it’s similar to what he’s done in other parts of Ukraine, including the cities of Chechnya and Mariupol, which he “ripped to rubble”.

“What Putin is going to continue to do, his strategy is basically to win through destruction and leave a mess,” said Gouttierre, who before his time at the UN served in the Peace Corps in Afghanistan. “Get this, I read where they talk about $100 million or more in terms of rebuilding Ukraine, like a Marshall plan, once the war is over, if it ends. Who will pay for this? Russia is not. Russia is not.

He said this bill would be picked up by the European Union, the United States, Japan and China as they seek markets.

And now Gouttierre has said that Iran wants to get involved with the Russians in their war against Ukraine.

“Iran is making money selling its drones to Russia, because they don’t have enough (Russia), and so now they are engaged in war,” Gouttierre said of the announcement. entry of the Iranians into the war. “One thing about Russia and Iran: they are not capable or reformable countries. You cannot reform them. Either they will remain in power or the rulers will be overthrown.

The author, Tim Brusnahan, is President and Program Chairman of the Lincoln Executive Club and employed by Marco.


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