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‘Losing a War is No Fun’: West Ignores Their ‘Biggest Political Disaster’

© AFP 2023 / MANDEL NGANUS President Joe Biden and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky arrive to hold a joint press conference in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, in Washington, DC, on December 12, 2023.
US President Joe Biden and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky arrive to hold a joint press conference in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, in Washington, DC, on December 12, 2023. - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.03.2024
Russia’s economy has survived Western sanctions “far better” than predicted, recent reports show. Meanwhile, the European Union’s (EU) economy has been suffering drastically, causing working class voters to turn against aid for Ukraine.
The Greanville Post published an article on Tuesday which claims the European Union has become the site of the 21st century’s “biggest political disaster”. The article writes that Paris, France—which once saw leftist planning agendas filled with “protests, gatherings and strikes”---now seems to be a city where there is little talk of the “economic, political and confidence collapse” of the biggest economic bloc in the world.
Daniel Lazare, an independent investigative journalist and author, sat down with Sputnik’s The Critical Hour on Tuesday and discussed the recent piece.

“Well, I think Europe is losing the war,” said Lazare. “And losing a war is no fun. The situation in Ukraine is going very poorly. Russia clearly is winning, its economy is doing very well. The European economy, by contrast, is stalling. And if Russia does make progress in the war, if the Ukraine government breaks in some way, then the results for Europe will be devastating.”

“I mean, this is not a faraway war for [the EU]. It's a faraway war for America. But it's a war on the doorstep of the EU. And the prospect of a Ukrainian collapse would cause panic in Poland, but also in Berlin and Paris, and Macron has been making crazy noises about sending troops to Ukraine, which is completely nuts. But then again, the guy is desperate and doesn't know quite how to respond. And, the same kind of desperation is evident in other capitals as well,” he added.
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Sputnik’s Garland Nixon noted that European governments have not done a “good job” of trying to convince their public that they have to suffer and sacrifice for the “democracy of the neo-Nazis”.
“The US is also quite confident that, as you said, the ruble will be turned to rubble, the Russian economy would be smashed, that they'd be, you know, they'd be closed out of the energy market and would be crying for mercy very soon,” said Lazare of the West’s attacks on Russia’s economy. “But that didn't happen. Quite the reverse. Russia was able to find outlets for its oil and gas. It developed markets with China and other nations. The US has wound up shooting itself in the foot. And the amazing thing is that this keeps happening again and again."
Sputnik’s Wilmer Leon added that the reason French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz don't want to address the collapse of their biggest economic bloc in the world is because it was done at the “behest of the United States”.
“The US really engineered this war,” said Lazare. “I don't want to let France and Britain off the hook because they were solidly behind US efforts, but this is an American-led effort which really installed a nationalist government in Kiev, which was itching for a fight with Russia, which got one and then, followed by a full scale military invasion in February 2022.”
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“The US thought it would win that war easily,” he continued. “But now the war is going very poorly. And it turns out that the US really had a very poor idea of what it was getting into. Now, the problem is that the US will not suffer the consequences anywhere near to the degree the Europeans will.”
“So, it's a case that they followed the US, they tag along happily behind it, and now they've got to pay the price for their own behavior. It's crazy, and I do agree that there's going to be a reckoning.”
The EU’s working class is growing increasingly opposed to conflict with Russia as their economy suffers from Western imposed sanctions which saw them lose access to cheap and reliable Russian energy. The economic growth forecast for Germany, for instance, was cut down to 0.2% in 2024 from a previous projection of 1.3%, according to a recent report. Robert Habeck, Germany’s Vice-Chancellor, has said the country is performing “dramatically bad.”
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