Opinion: Putin’s nuclear threats present the world with an urgent choice


Indeed, if there was a theme to Biden’s speech, it was simple: The United States, and by definition Biden, are on the right side, and anyone who’s been messing around should see how appropriate it might be to move forward. Although the US president does not want to cause conflict.

Biden opened his speech by condemning Putin’s move to deploy 300,000 reserve forces in Ukraine on Tuesday and suggesting that a nuclear option was still on the table if he felt threatened. In particular, Biden stated that since the moment Putin started the war against Ukraine, his “imperial” actions have “brazenly violated” the United Nations and the charter under which it operates, and most of its members have pledged. .
“This war is about extinguishing Ukraine’s right to exist as a state, plain and simple, and Ukraine’s right to exist as a people. Who you are, where you live, whatever you believe in… that should chill your blood.” said the US president.

Biden effectively framed it as a “contest between democracy and autocracy.” “If a nation can pursue its imperial ambitions without consequence,” well, there is no question on which side the United States finds itself, nor which side the UN and its allies must choose. “We chose freedom,” added Biden. From food security to nuclear non-proliferation to development, Russia has found itself on the wrong side of every equation, “spewing lies.”

There is still, of course, the framework of a Non-Aligned Movement, which has prevented many UN member states from fully embracing many of the positions taken by developed nations in recent years. Launched in 1960, at the height of the Cold War, it still holds regular meetings, with its members seeking to steer a course between the major powers.
But this may not be the time to avoid choosing sides. Biden outlined some of the potential benefits of joining the developed, democratic world – with $2.9 billion in new aid to combat food insecurity.

“Meanwhile, Russia is trying to blame the… crisis — the food crisis — on the sanctions imposed by many around the world for its aggression against Ukraine. So let me be clear: our sanctions explicitly allow… Russia’s ability to export food and fertilizer. No limits. no. Russia’s war is increasing food insecurity, and only Russia can end it.”

It was a powerful argument and theme that Biden returned to repeatedly in his remarks. The war in Russia is “boring the global economy”, Biden said, and called on global creditors to forgive loans for the poorest countries. In short, he concluded, this is “Russia’s war […] and only Russia can finish it.’

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As it turns out, Biden was not the only one, nor was he the most extreme in his language to suggest that the world should start picking sides.

On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron began his speech to the General Assembly by declaring that “those who remain neutral are wrong. They are making a historic mistake. Those who remain silent today are, in a way, complicit. The new imperialism.” Then, to finish, he explained that their actions are “suppressing the current order”.

Biden had some solutions that should be warmly welcomed, but due to the elaborate structure of the UN, they are unlikely to be accepted.

He proposed increasing the size of the UN Security Council and adding more permanent members from African, Latin American and Caribbean countries. That would, of course, dampen the voices of Russia or China, the two permanent members, although it would hardly prevent them from continuing to use the veto that has left that body toothless in major crises.

Speaking in a taped message from Kiev late Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy went further and called for Russia to be removed from its Security Council seat and barred from voting at the UN as part of “just punishment” for Russia. He was rewarded with a standing ovation from most members of the General Assembly.

Biden’s failure to highlight the close ties between Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping may suggest the Beijing leader is having second thoughts about how closely he wants to embrace the Russian leader. degree is shaking.

“We’re not looking for conflict,” Biden said. “We’re not looking for a Cold War.” And, he added, the US will remain “committed to the One China policy”, suggesting that it recognizes China’s vision without fully accepting it.

If there was one takeaway from this speech, which seemed as intended for an American audience in the middle of a midterm political campaign as for any global audience or Kremlin audience, it was simple: “You” We are still committed to a strong foundation for the good of all nations around the world, then the United States with you they want to work.” Provided, of course, that voters continue to empower Biden to do so.