It happened again. In our time. In 2022.
Mass murder of civilians by a dictatorship intent on having its own way by terror. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of civilians, in mass graves.
This time it was Vladimir Putin, dictator of Russia, who was the war criminal, the perpetrator of crimes against humanity.
Some of us have been warning Messrs. Trump and Biden that this was coming. Comrade Putin is an old hand at murder. That’s how he earned his chops in the KGB. When he says he’s going to kill, he’s not kidding.
Your humble servant has been saying for a long time that we had to ship more and better arms to Ukraine. The Ukrainians have been promising that they would fight to the death with decent arms to preserve their republic, and now we see that it’s true. They are about the only people on Earth who have made that promise and then kept it — and then some.
Yes, of course, Ukraine is not a member of NATO. Yes, of course, it’s dangerous as hell to challenge a madman dictator like Putin who has a lot of nuclear weapons and has shown that he has no problem with brutal behavior.
But if we do not step in and help with Javelins and other state-of-the-art weaponry, then we have a Europe overtly dominated by a brutal maniac. And today, Europe; tomorrow, the world, as the Nazis sang.
Let’s be honest here: I don’t know exactly what to do. The Russians did not intervene in a big way when we sent Stingers to the Mujahideen. On the other hand, we did not intervene in a big way when the Russians and Chinese fully supplied the weapons needs of the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese communists.
And, to be sure, the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese communists committed mass murders all along the Republic of Vietnam during the so-called Tet Offensive, and we took some years to carpet bomb Hanoi and Haiphong.
So, the record of intervening in wars and giving payback for mass murder is mixed. But now it’s 2022. Tet was more than 50 years ago.
Except for horrible tribal wars in Africa, aside from the horrors of the “cultural revolution” in Mao’s China, we have not seen anything like what the Russians are doing in Ukraine for a long time.
The question now is whether mankind has changed in any meaningful way since the days of Himmler and Stalin and Mao. The answer is simple: Mankind has not changed. Man is still a vicious animal.
As my sister says, “Your basic human is not such a hot item.” So, we know that if we do not help the Ukrainians defend their country by sending them decent arms, there will be more slaughter of civilians, more discoveries of mass graves of men and women and children, hands tied, with a bullet hole in the back of their skull — standard Russian practice.
Do we have the courage to help men and women who have shown that they will fight to the death to defend their own country even against a large and cruel neighbor?
It’s a tough question. I don’t want any kind of nuclear war. But I do not want to bequeath to my granddaughter a world run by a terrorist in the Kremlin.
And if we are not willing to stand up for human decency now, then when?
Ben Stein is a writer, an actor, and a lawyer who served as a speechwriter in the Nixon administration as the Watergate scandal unfolded. He began his unlikely road to stardom when director John Hughes hired him as the numbingly dull economics teacher in the urban comedy, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Read more more reports from Ben Stein — Click Here Now.
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