Tommy T is on the disabled list so I’m working the Monday morning shift Get well soon, brother.
The media continues to wax rhapsodic about a No-Fly Zone in Ukraine. In an interview with NPR, Congressman Jim Himes explained what establishing a no-fly zone really means:
But what some people don’t understand, because they think about the no-fly zones in Iraq in particular, we don’t establish a no-fly zone without taking out all of the threats to the pilots that would be enforcing it. And anti-aircraft weapons operate at great range. So people need to remember that the first thing that we would do in order to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine would be to send the U.S. military to attack military units inside Russia–the anti-aircraft batteries that are there, the anti-aircraft artillery. United States Air Force planes would be killing thousands of Russian military members inside Russia.
Sounds like World War III to me. Anyone out there still want a no-fly zone?
We’re all moved by the Ukrainian resistance to the Russia invasion. This tweet moved me because of the reference to the brave fight put up by the Greeks in 1940:
Winston Churchill in WW2: “Hence we will not say that Greeks fight like heroes, but that heroes fight like Greeks.”
— David Harris (@DavidHarrisAJC) March 18, 2022
It increasingly looks as if the war is becoming a stalemate, which is a moral victory for Ukraine and a defeat for Russia. A stalemate could be a good thing but the Western front during the Great War was one of the longest stalemates in history.
Hopefully, *this* stalemate will lead to actual negotiations, not the pro forma kind that have been going on between the warring parties. But the outlines of a possible negotiated settlement are already in view. That would end the suffering of the Ukrainian people and, if we’re lucky, lead to the fall of Putin. It’s what we should all want.
Stop the madness.
The last word goes to Ringo Starr.
Yeah, yeah, yeah or is that no, no, no?