A deluge of foreign policy experts, from high-ranking politicians to military specialists, have been sounding from the rooftops that Russia poses a serious threat to the west and its allies. Putin’s defiance and refusal to engage in peaceful negotiations with the US and NATO is putting foreign policy experts on edge, and making a non-military resolution of our disputes increasingly difficult. If Russia’s aggressive and hostile actions do not cease, experts have warned that we may be forced to take decisive military action. However, many ordinary citizens are unaware of why Russia poses such a great threat, so this article breaks down some of the events that have foreign policy experts so concerned.
In 2014, the Kremlin shocked the world by deciding to officially annex Crimea, an Eastern part of Ukraine. Violent Russian militias and secretive pro-Russian forces swiftly engaged the Ukrainian civilians who disagreed with this loss of sovereignty, and a full blown civil war broke out, which continues to this day.
In 2015, Russia allied with Assad’s brutal regime in Syria to crush the Free Syrian Army, a revolutionary group aiming to liberate Syria from Assad’s violent and oppressive rule. Assad’s atrocious human rights record speaks for itself, and highlights Russia’s callousness towards the suffering of the Syrian people and others affected by their actions overseas.
In August of 2008, Russian-backed Georgian separatists in a disputed northern region of the country launched a series of unexpected and brutal artillery strikes against Georgian villages. The events shocked the international community, and highlighted yet again the volatile and violent nature of Russia’s overseas rebel groups.
In July of 2014, the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 passenger jet, was tragically and mysteriously shot down over the Russian-Ukrainian border, killing 283 innocent passengers. Russia denies its involvement in the incident, but numerous experts believe that Russian-backed rebels are the primary suspect.
Putin’s regime has always been corrupt, and known for disappearing journalists who dare to question his tyrannical rule. But now Putin’s aggression is extending beyond Russia’s borders, and threatening our very way of life. The west needs to be ready to take decisive military action against Russia if Putin’s hostile actions do not cease. As a the world’s greatest superpower, it is the responsibility of the US to work with its allies and NATO to quell any threat to global peace and stability by any means necessary. And as Americans, we need to stand ready to take up this challenge and stand firmly behind our military, if this course of action sadly proves necessary.