War in Ukraine is not ‘a picnic’ – POLITICO

I was shaken by the recent forum post titled The Fall of Moscow (March 12) by Vijai Maheshwari.

As a professor of political science with many friends in Russia and Ukraine, I eagerly read the article on how Russia and Russians deal with war. However, quoting phrases such as “This war is a picnic, a friend said, compared to World War II, Afghanistan and the terror of Stalin’s purges and gulags in the 1930s”, is an insulting comparison.

I believe that no one but the Ukrainians has the right to judge whether this war is “a picnic” or not. Perhaps we should ask those who hide with their children in hiding, and pregnant women fleeing destroyed maternities, if it’s a picnic.

To give voice to Muscovites who miss their Netflix series and Apple Stores and those who can afford to make light-hearted and dismissive comments about the war, leaving no room for the surely significantly different opinions of its victims, is shameful.

Petr Kratochvil
Senior Researcher, Center for European Policy, Institute of International Relations, Prague
Prague, Czech Republic


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