NATO-country FM warns of 'new Pearl Harbor' needed for West to act on Ukraine

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.29 - 2023 6:45 AM CET


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Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis has expressed concerns over the West's response to Russia's war against Ukraine, likening the current situation to the prelude of a significant event like Pearl Harbor during World War II.

According to a report by LRT, Landsbergis believes that the West is yet to fully acknowledge the gravity of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and its implications.

Landsbergis argues that most Western countries are downplaying the war as a regional issue, distant from their immediate concerns.

This perception, he suggests, is due to a fear of escalation and results in a lack of adequate support for Ukraine.

He emphasized that this approach is a significant political problem, hinting at the need for a wake-up call similar to the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, which propelled the United States into World War II.

The historical reference to Pearl Harbor underlines the unexpected and transformative nature of the event.

On December 7, 1941, Japan's surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor led to the United States' formal entry into World War II.

Landsbergis's comments draw a parallel to the current conflict, suggesting that a similar turning point may be required for the West to fully engage with the Russian-Ukrainian war