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UKRAINE: THE WAR TO SAVE THE U.N. CHARTER AND INTERNATIONAL LAW
To see a list of previous articles, enter “Ukraine” in the Search Box on the upper right, on The Trenchant Observer web site, and you will see a list in chronological order.
1) “Gazprom sagt, dass es den Weiterbetrieb der Nord-Stream-Pipeline nicht garantieren könne,” Die Welt, den 13. Juli 2022:
“Gazprom says that it cannot guarantee the continued operation of the Nord Stream pipeline,” Google translation on website, Die Welt, July 13, 2022.
Russia announced today that it wasn’t sure it would be able to resume pumping gas through the Nordstream I pipeline after the conclusion of the current 10-day shutdown for maintenance.
If Russia suddenly cuts off all gas to Germany and Europe, many fear, that could precipitate a recession in Germany and perhaps Europe as a whole.
The question arises, “Will Germany and Europe then start to limit their military and other aid to Ukraine and to pressure Ukraine to accept a ceasefire or settlement whose terms are dictated by Vladimir Putin? Those terms would necessarily entail the “cession” of Ukrainian territories to Russia.
For reasons we’ve set forth in previous articles, it is hard to see how this could be done without bringing down the entire edifice of the U.N. Charter and international law.
Perhaps that will be the outcome of the war. A victory for Russia and Putin’s frontal challenge to the existing international order based on the U.N. Charter and international law.
Such a Russian victory in Ukraine would be reminiscent of Adolf Hitler’s victories first in Czechoslovakia, with the cession of the Sudetenland to Germany, then with the invasion of Poland, and then with the progressive invasion of all of the major countries of Europe.
Facing such an imminent Russian victory in Ukraine and its consequences, however, it is always possible that NATO and other countries will finally engage in the conflict on a direct military level.
Or they might just fold, and seek and find some “exit ramp” not for Putin but rather for NATO and the EU.
What will be the outcome of this war?
Will the West grow tired of supporting Ukraine, and impatient with its consequences such as an end to the delivery of Russian gas and oil, and enter down a path of appeasement which may bring Europe “peace in our time”, in the infamous words of Neville Chamberlain following the Munich Pact in 1938?
Or will NATO and other countries get serious about imposing secondary sanctions on countries in “the South”, while entering down a path that leads to the limited use of force to stop Putin and to avoid a Russian victory in Ukraine and its consequences?
The two paths diverge.
The path taken will have fateful consequences for Europe, the world, and our civilization.
The Trenchant Observer
Only force can stop Putin
“Ukraine War, April 5, 2022 (II): Force must be used to stop Putin,” The Trenchant Observer, April 5, 2022.
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