A new war… But has history taught us nothing?

At school we are talking about the two World Wars, the first in the years 1914-1918 and the second in the years 1939-1945. These wars brought death and destruction.

Now I ask myself: will we experience World War III as protagonists?

But hasn’t history taught us anything?

These are dramatic days in the heart of Europe.

International diplomacy worked to try to avoid any kind of conflict or at least not to turn it into a global war, hot or cold, between East and West, but today, February 24, 2022, Russia has attacked Ukraina and people have already lost their lives.

The Russian-Ukrainian conflict is a long-standing diplomatic and military confrontation, which began with the Orange Revolution of 2004, then continued with the war in Donbass and the annexation of Crimea to Russia in 2014.

Other reasons that annoyed Russia were the trade agreements stipulated between Ukraine and Europe and finally its possible entry into the European Union and especially NATO.

Russian soldiers, tanks and armored vehicles, military camps and heavy weapons were on the borders of Ukraine, threatening invasion and alarming the whole world and the day has come.

On the one hand, the Russia of Vladimir Putin that has always exercised its influence over Ukraine, with which it borders in the west, even after its declaration of independence in 1991.

On the other hand, Ukraine which has declared itself unilaterally independent, internally torn by a long conflict between the pro-Russian separatist militias supported by Russia and the armed forces of the government of Kiev supported by the US.

Crucial point of the feared conflict is above all Ukraine’s willingness to join NATO.

The Kremlin strongly opposes Kiev’s entry into the Atlantic Military Alliance.

In addition to asking for certainty that Ukraine will never join it, Moscow is calling for a halt to the enlargement of NATO to the east, accusing the West of wanting to militarily surround Russia.

Requests rejected by the American President Biden, who argues that each state has the right to freely choose which alliance to join.

Despite diplomatic attempts at dialogue to solve the Ukrainian crisis, Russia started its military operation at 4.a.m. this morning. Moreover, Putin warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action would lead to consequences they have never seen. He accused the US and its allies of ignoring Russia’s demand to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO and offer Moscow security guarantees.

We should learn from history and follow the prayer of Pope Francis, who on Sunday 20 February, during the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, referred to the tensions in Ukraine with these words: “It is sad that people and peoples proud of being Christians see the others as enemies and think of making war, it is very sad “.

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Elena Attennante


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