Headline RoundupNovember 20th, 2023

The West’s Role in Global Security as World Order Shifts

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Amid ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza, mainstream media outlets have published opinions calling for continued Western support.

Biden’s Thoughts: In an opinion for Washington Post (Lean Left bias), President Biden said the world currently “faces an inflection point where the choices we make” in Ukraine and Israel “will determine the direction of our future for generations to come.” Biden called the U.S. an “essential nation” that has a duty to defeat “Putin and Hamas” who “are fighting to wipe a neighboring democracy off the map.” Biden said his administration will continue to lead with “big ideas and political courage” to make the world and United States more secure.

Quell Mass Violence: Eugene Finkel, a university professor and author writing for LA Times (Lean Left bias), urged the West to increase involvement in global conflicts to prevent “mass atrocities.” Finkel highlighted a shifting world order with conflicts in Nagorno-Karabakh, Ukraine, Sudan, and Gaza, and said Putin’s efforts in Ukraine have emboldened “actors” like Iran and Serbia. He argued “this global wave of mass violence” likely cannot be stopped, but the West should invest in “accountability and punishment” to deter “perpetrators.”

Don’t Forget Ukraine: Ivan Krastev of Financial Times (Center bias) said the Israel-Hamas conflict has shifted attention away from Ukraine and “created competition for resources.” Krastev said both conflicts threaten the security and “political identity” of European societies and urged the West to continue to arm Ukraine, so investors can feel safe investing in it, and Ukraine can join the European Union.

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