JEA: It seems to be that both NATO and the US are frightened when it comes to direct military conflict with Russia. Why? Well, Russia has nuclear warheads down their basements. Neither NATO nor the US wants to go down, so they are trying to be as tactical as they can about the current situation in the region. What if Russia didn’t have some warheads? Would NATO and the US be scared? I don’t think so.
Zelensky: If NATO Won’t Impose No-Fly Zone, ‘Give me the Planes’
On Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made another plea to the US and NATO to impose a no-fly zone and said if the Western powers won’t do it, they should give Ukraine warplanes.
Both the US and NATO have ruled out the idea of establishing a no-fly zone over Ukraine since it would put them in direct military conflict with Russia, something that could quickly spiral into nuclear war. But Zelensky continues to urge the Western powers to “shut the sky.”
“I say every day if you cannot shut the sky now, then give us the timeline when you will do it? If you now cannot provide the timeline, tell us how many people have to die?” Zelensky said at a press conference.
“Tell me how many. I’ll go to count and wait for this moment. I hope the sky will be shut down. If you don’t have the strength and courage to do that, then give me the planes. Wouldn’t that be fair?” he added.
Ukrainian pilots are only trained to fly old Russian-made fighter jets. Earlier this week, the EU announced a plan to send warplanes to Ukraine, but it quickly fell apart as the three countries that have the older Russian planes — Poland, Bulgaria, and Slovakia — all denied that they are transferring them to the Ukrainians.
The US and its NATO allies continue to pour other weapons into Ukraine, including Stinger anti-aircraft missiles. According to media reports, the US delivered Stinger missiles to Ukraine for the first time over the past few days.
Since Ukraine’s airspace is no longer safe, the US and its allies have to deliver weapons through NATO countries that border Ukraine. According to a report in the Economist, Poland’s large border with Ukraine is one of the main routes. Hungary has said it won’t allow its territory to be used to transfer arms to Ukraine over fears that the deliveries could be targeted by Russia.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.