Michael McDowell: We are having another ‘Munich moment’

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❝ Based on the current ideology of the Putin regime I think we would be naïve to conclude that had the Russian invasion succeeded a year ago there would not now be a threat to reabsorb the Baltic states, Georgia and Moldova into a recreated Warsaw bloc

We are having another “Munich moment” but this time the message emerging from the recent German government-backed Munich security conference is that Russian aggression is seen for what it is and the Putin strategy is clearly understood. Toppling the Ukraine domino would have entirely predictable consequences. It must not happen.

I fear the emergence now of useful idiots in Europe and America to subvert the determination expressed by Biden to face down the Putin agenda of state aggression and war crime. Even the Irish hard left is beginning to wobble on Ukraine. Through my letterbox today came a missive from euro-sceptic lobby group the National Platform managed by veteran campaigner Anthony Coughlan arguing that “Putin’s incursion into Ukraine was understandable and justifiable”. He continues: “Whether it was wise, now that it has led to a proxy war between the USA/Nato and Russia at the expense of the Ukrainians, only the outcome of the war itself will tell.

I sometimes ask myself how an ideology can blind some people as to the reality of the Russian policy of induced famine, liquidation of the kulaks, transportation of the Cossacks, the mass purges by quota of Ukrainians in the 1930s, and mass deportations to the gulag over 30 years.


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