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FORMER Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wrote in his blog post today on the historical underpinnings of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
He called out the European nations on their “love for war” as a part of their culture.
“Written history of over more than 3,000 years relates to the wars fought between European nations. They were the first to organise armies and navies for fighting wars,” the Langkawi MP said.
The country’s longest-serving leader said the invention of airplanes and rockets has been a favour for the Europeans’ war culture.
“When airplanes were invented, air forces were organised for aerial wars and when rockets penetrated space, rockets were developed for the space wars which the Europeans anticipated,” he noted.
Despite humanity generally rejecting war as a means of solving conflicts between nations and with over 70 years of major wars being avoided, the Europeans continue to fight.
“When the Germans were defeated in World War II, the partnership with Russia was immediately terminated.
“Russia was identified as the new enemy, and so, a Cold War was ‘fought’ for decades and now it is no longer cold. The West is now indirectly at war with Russia,” he said.
Dr Mahathir added that this may escalate and World War III will be fought with all those new nuclear weapons and young people will once again die “gloriously”, just like during the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
While Ukrainians mourn the deaths of their family members, the Russians continue their war and atrocities.
“But go on fighting. The NATO will give you the weapons and the money.
“The West will not join the Ukrainians in the war. Ukraine is not a member of NATO or the European Union. The West and America are not obliged to go to war in support of Ukraine,” he noted.
Therefore, he said that the young Europeans and Americans will be saved, while Ukrainians will die, be wounded and suffer the devastation of their country.
“It is a great strategy. The Western allies are smart. They are fighting a war against their enemy, Russia, without any of their young people dying.
“Fight on, Ukraine. You are doing fine,” he added.