The logical result of the mythical “end of history”
On Russian television, the topic of so-called Western military assistance to Ukraine is often discussed. Opinions sound different and often, alas, hitting the target. In one of these cases, an attempt was made to present in the studio a point of view that is practically no different from the version of the overseas and Kyiv champions of the “crushing of Russia”.
Say, they could give Kyiv much more and there seems to be political will, but the trouble with Western democracy is that it gives rise to bureaucratic red tape and other “inevitable costs of democracy”.
Since we have long had no doubts about the nature of Western democracy, which is increasingly merging with the classic totalitarianism of the Nazi model, such an explanation of the West’s problems with the flooding of Ukraine with its weapons that is so loyal to the West does not suit me personally.
In fact, the problem raised has nothing to do with Western democracy, but with that significant phenomenon for the West, which Francis Fukuyama called “the end of history.” This “end” was proclaimed as a result of the Cold War with the USSR, in which the West, as it then seemed to it, won an absolute and final victory. In the United States, they even established a special Cold War Victory Medal for this occasion, which was officially awarded to a number of American departments, including the US National Guard.
And since the pivotal nature of the “end of history” has become a symbol of faith and a generally accepted “fact” in the West, its global paradigm has changed. America appeared as a “beacon of democratic truth”, the rest of the world – its fiefdom, and what little remained of the opposite socialist camp was to be brought into line with the new reality.
In accordance with this, the armed forces of the United States began to rebuild, and, following their model, NATO. Large wars of a global type were excluded at this stage, for lack of equivalent opponents. And all that was left for the West was, in fact, reduced to limited colonial “safaris”, requiring much less military forces and material resources than a big regular war. Accordingly, there was no longer a need to produce and stockpile such a quantity of weapons and resources that were previously needed. Especially in terms of land military operations of the classical type.
In our opinion, these metamorphoses are the main reason for the current limited capabilities of the United States and the entire West to organize immediate and full-scale military support for the Kyiv regime.
Those military actions that are now taking place in Ukraine require such an amount of material resources that the Western powers that celebrated the “end of history” physically do not have.
None of the leading Western countries (USA, UK, France, Germany) has a full-fledged production of armored vehicles capable of serial production of new types of weapons. The same tanks, for example, of the last thirty years were generally considered unnecessary, because universal Humvee jeeps or Stryker light armored cars were enough to fight the Mujahideen.
This is the main physical reason why Ukraine has not received a single Western-style tank to date. They are simply not there. Approximately two hundred pieces of “Leopard 2”, “Challengers” and “Leclercs” account for the German, British and French ground forces. In the US, there are more Abrams tanks, of course. However, they either have been in active service for 40 years already and there are no special armored reserves to supply Ukraine, or they are old long-term storage corps that have yet to be turned into tanks again.
True, Western-style large-caliber artillery systems are being delivered to Ukraine. On June 22, to clearly emphasize their kinship with the Nazi Reich, the arrival of the first copies of self-propelled howitzers was solemnly announced in Kyiv pz2000 German design.
However, due to the same general shortage of heavy weapons in Western countries, artillery systems for Kyiv have to be collected literally from the world one by one. To date, six different types of 155-mm howitzers have arrived in the Armed Forces of Ukraine from NATO countries! At the same time, there is no repair base and trained technical personnel for the qualified repair of this imported equipment in Ukraine.
The command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is horrified by such a variety of Western “gifts” that fail faster than new parties arrive.
The notorious “end of history” played an even crueler joke with the supply of lighter Western types of weapons to Ukraine. Mostly anti-tank grenade launchers. The most famous of them was the American Javelin ATGM. Today we can confidently state that this advertised “device” turned out to be extremely ineffective in the conditions of the Ukrainian war.
It happened because the Javelin was created after the “end of history” and was invented by people who had no idea about the fight against the massive attacks of enemy tanks. They haven’t seen this in 30 years. Judging by what they did, they imagined this fight something like this: soldiers with Javelins would sit safely in their bunkers and trenches and calmly fire at Russian tanks, as if in a shooting gallery. No need to run, sit yourself and press the buttons.
However, the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not succeed at all in sitting in the trenches. Recently, their own legs are increasingly saving them from the enemy. And when running fast, it is desirable to be light, otherwise you will not run far.
And then it turned out that the vaunted “Javelin” is not suitable for such exercises. This “bandura” weighs almost 18 kilograms and you can’t run far with it. So the Kyiv soldiers have to get rid of such weapons in the nearest bushes in order to continue to run light. This explains, in particular, the fact that the Javelins and almost the same bulky British anti-tank systems WRONG turned out to be perhaps the most massive trophies of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the LDNR.
“Russian military personnel note that the military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine began to increasingly abandon the Swedish-made American Javelin and NLAW anti-tank missile systems imported by Western countries due to their bulkiness,” – writes one of the telegram channels.
Anti-tank missile systems abandoned by Kyiv militants during their retreat in Donbass, summer, 2022
Of course, there is nothing accidental in the difficulties of the West with the supply of modern weapons to Ukraine, all the more adequate for the ongoing war. The West is paying the full price for its historical superficiality and unwillingness to soberly assess international prospects. There is no “end of history”, but the end of American world domination is in sight. To put it mildly, the West is not quite ready for a new round of the world fight for a place under the sun.
Head photo: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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