Putin is conducting a war of attrition against Ukrainians, so the highest priority is to take out the weapons that are doing it.
Ukraine’s army has proven itself to be a superior to Russia’s, so a desperate President Vladimir Putin has fallen back on barrages that kill, maim and scare the life out of civilians.
Every day brings another missile or artillery round that hits a playground, or a school, or a hospital, or a theater jammed with refuges seeking sanctuary, or homes, or apartment buildings or some of the millions of Ukrainians fleeing for their lives.
That hell is unleashed from multiple Russians weapons: artillery, guided missiles, unguided bombs dropped from fighter jets and cruise missiles from warships. If those weapons could be silenced, Putin could no longer slaughter innocents…and he’d lose the war.
While most attention and debate have centered on controlling the airspace with a no-fly zone, doesn’t it make more sense to focus on the weapons that are doing the most damage–artillery and missiles? I’m no military expert, but more anti-missile defense weapons shipments from the U.S. and West would seem to be in order. Priority One. Similar to the Iron Dome that Israel has successfully used to destroy incoming terrorist rockets.
Weapons and tactics should also be targeting those Russian artillery pieces. Take them out, whether from the air or ground–whatever works best.
Sure, I would send in those Polish MIG fighter jets, in the context of destroying Russian artillery and missile sites. Some of those missiles and destructive gun fire come from Russian warships. We’ll be immediately told that we can’t target those warships because it will provoke Putin.
That logic has tied Ukraine’ arm behind its back. And we go along with it. Thank you President Putin, can we have another barrage?
This might be the strangest war in my lifetime. One side has to sit still and take it while getting pounded from an enemy’s arms that are virtually given a pass. Nah, nah, you can’t get me, says the bully who lobs rocks your way, because some goofy rules says you can’t respond.
And if Putin continues has rain of death from sites within Russia, they are fair game for Ukraine.
What the U.S. and NATO are doing clearly isn’t enough. How many videos of frightened refuges, apartment buildings torn apart, hospitals desperately evacuating patients and first responders digging through rubble for survivors before the West finally treats Putin’s “special military operation” as the war and genocide that it is.To subscribe to The Barbershop, type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.