By Gao Qiao
The US has announced that it would provide Ukraine with an additional security assistance worth of 1 billion dollars and an additional humanitarian aid worth of 225 million dollars. This is the largest single US military aid to Ukraine. At the same time, NATO countries and their allies have pledged to provide new weapons and air defense systems. The number of weapons that the US and the Western countries have aided Ukraine has continued to increase, but where are these weapons going? I am afraid that the US and the West cannot give a reliable answer.
CNN published an article titled “What happens to weapons sent to Ukraine? The US doesn’t really know”, saying that due to the inability to effectively monitor, some of the weapons aided to Ukraine are likely to fall into the hands of lawbreakers, which will bring great danger to regional security. Executive Director of Europol Catherine De Bolle also said that after the conflict between Russia and Ukraine ends, those weapons supplied by the West to Ukraine may fall into the hands of criminal gangs and then flow to other countries on the European continent. In fact, it is almost impossible to monitor the circulation of these weapons. Some of them have been sold at low prices on the “dark web”, and some people sell them on the black market to terrorist groups.
For a long time, the US has put its own interests first when providing the so-called “assistance” to other countries. It only considers the purse of its own Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) and disregards the security and development of other countries. During the wars in Syria and Afghanistan, many weapons provided by the US flew into the hands of terrorist organizations and other armed forces.
Weapons and equipment with escalating lethality are pouring into Ukraine continuously on a large scale, but it is difficult to trace. This phenomenon has been selectively ignored by US politicians. What is the reason? It is not difficult to find the answer by analyzing the strategic intentions of the US in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the plan of the US has been to strike down its strategic rival Russia as much as possible, keep the refugee flow and energy crisis caused by the war in Europe, and increase Europe’s strategic dependence on the US. From the constant flames-fanning before the outbreak of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the escalation of sanctions against Russia after the conflict, the passing of bill on tens of billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine, and the pressure on European allies to continue to provide military assistance to Ukraine, the US is trying to use a “never-ending war” to consolidate its hegemony. Since the Russia-Ukraine conflict, European countries have been caught in multiple real dilemmas such as security threats, economic stagflation, energy shortages and refugee crisis. The US has been indifferent to others’ misfortune, not to mention the issue of weapons proliferation that has been hidden in the gray area.
It is time for European countries, who have been hit hard by the crisis, to see the true face of the US: the US maintains its hegemony at the expense of Europe. Former British MP George Galloway warned: “US is ready to fight to the last drop of Ukrainian, European blood”. If many weapons are allowed to proliferate, it may bring huge security risks to Europe, and eventually cause a backlash to the source, especially European countries that paid for the aid of the weapon.
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