Discover more from The View from the Front. By Stan R. Mitchell.
The Stan R. Mitchell report for 3/11/22.
Happy Friday, everyone! Hope everyone is looking forward to the weekend!
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Also, a small bit of personal news. My most recent book is now available in audio. And the craziest part is I did the narration myself.
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And if we've talked before, you can play the sample and be like, "I know that guy!!"
With that out of the way, let’s move on to some news.
Beginning with Ukraine, from what I can see on Twitter, folks are succumbing to compassion fatigue. It’s been two weeks and the war is horrendous.
And frankly, humans can only take in so much devastation and destruction, when you’re mostly powerless to do anything. After a while, you just turn your head and ignore it. I think that’s partly what is happening in the West.
As we speak, the capital city is being flattened. Just look at how much has been destroyed already.
Speaking broadly, I’ll share a couple of sad realities, and then flip things and share some optimism. I’ll give you seven good reasons that I think Ukraine will win.
First sad thing.
Second sad thing.
Now for the promised good news. Here are seven things you can cheer about.
First, Russian troops are bogged down.
Second, it seems one of Putin’s allies is struggling to help with ground troops.
Third, Russia seems to have forgotten how to fight a war. Check out this lack of dispersion.
And this is even worse.
In the video above, nothing is good. No dispersion. No fire and movement. And it looks like they're moving down a funnel, with concertina wire on both sides of the road at least part of the way. (Or certainly one side of the road.)
Typically concertina wire would warn you that you’re headed into a trap on an approach route such as that.
The fourth bit of good news is the weapons keep getting better for the Ukrainians.
The fifth bit of good news is that the Ukrainian people are relentless. And they’re not going to put up with an occupation. (This video is from a city that Russia supposedly “controls” and these are un-armed civilians. This video isn’t graphic, but it shows you the hatred just oozing out of civilians. And bombing cities is NOT going to decrease the tension. It’s only going to do the opposite.)
As Abraham Lincoln said more than one hundred years ago, “In this age, in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it, nothing can succeed.”
The sixth bit of good news is from this video, which is far and away the best reporting I’ve seen on the war in a long while.
But if you watch it, you’ll see a fortitude and professionalism from the Ukrainian police and troops.
They’re not only tougher and more composed, but their gear is better. Their morale is better. Watch.
The seventh thing is thousands are going there to fight and help. More than 16,000 in the first week, though some put that number closer to 20,000. These are angry, passionate fighters coming from more than 50 countries, including the United States, Canada, and other countries.
All of this has combined to make me feel more and more confident that Ukraine will prevail in the long run, though it won’t be pretty or be in the short term.
But the bottom line is the Ukrainians will drive out the Russians and Putin better hope his security is as good as he thinks it is.
And it frankly better be of a higher quality than the army he sent into Ukraine. Or he faces a future in a prison cell or a casket.
Now, just because the topic of a no-fly zone simply will not stop, let me share this link: Russia-Ukraine: What’s a “no-fly zone” and why is it a terrible idea?
Moving to another conflict zone, there was more definitive news about an attack that’s already long been forgotten. But it’s a tragic lesson in dropping your guard.
From the story above, the Pentagon is calling this a complex attack involving almost 40 terrorists. But American troops saw “the heat signatures of fighters hiding in the bush but mistook them for hyenas, according to Lt. Gen. Steven Basham, deputy commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, who participated in the Funk review.”
It’s a good article if you have a moment to read it.
Finally, in tech news, there was this:
Let’s end with some motivation and wisdom.
That’s it for this edition. As a reminder, please be kind and endeavor to love your fellow Americans. We need to pull this country together, and that starts with all of us.
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Stan R. Mitchell
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