This war is about U.S. corporate domination and U.S. global hegemony to destroy Russian trade with its many resources (not just oil, but food and other resources) with the EU and China. Why is Russia targeted? Not a military or economic threat, but favorable trade with EU and China threatens U.S. corporate hegmony. The effect of this trade war is worldwide, in some cases severely limiting essential food sources for many countries, with Ukraine and Russia both being major bread baskets. for growing food that is then traded to other countries..
Preemptive war, whether in Iraq or Ukraine, is a war crime. It does not matter if the war is launched on the basis of lies and fabrications, as was the case in Iraq, or because of the breaking of a series of agreements with Russia, including the promise by Washington not to extend NATO beyond the borders of a unified Germany, not to deploy thousands of NATO troops in Eastern Europe, not to meddle in the internal affairs of nations on the Russia’s border and the refusal to implement the Minsk II peace agreement. The invasion of Ukraine would, I expect, never have happened if these promises had been kept. Russia has every right to feel threatened, betrayed, and angry. But to understand is not to condone. The invasion of Ukraine, under post-Nuremberg laws, is a criminal war of aggression.
"Clearly what is needed is diplomacy and negotiations on contested matters, and real cooperation on such crucial issues as global warming, arms control, future pandemics — all very severe crises that know no borders."