Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Can Elon Musk Stop World War III?

Posted by M. C. on October 13, 2022

There are a lot of people in the chattering classes demanding for more military assistance, more sanctions, and more threats who have never carried a weapon in their lives.

Speaking as someone who has worn the uniform of my country on a foreign battlefield, who has fought under the American flag, don’t let my brothers and sisters do the same in another conflict that isn’t worth their lives.

by Dan McKnight

Elon Musk is a remarkable figure. We’re still waiting to see whether his purchase of Twitter will go through, and if the censorship and artificial suppression of the America First movement will stop under his management of the company.

I’m hopeful though; Musk appears to be giving more consideration to foreign policy, and with a businessman’s mind for efficiency is cutting through the media’s propaganda.

Last week he sent this tweet, asking his Twitter followers if they thought this would be an equitable solution to the Russia-Ukraine War.

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It gives priority to self-determination of local populations, and would place Ukraine as a permanently neutral power between Russia and the NATO alliance (similar to Austria during the Cold War).

2.75 million people responded, and whether through automated bots or too many people duped by DC, his proposal was rejected 59% to 41%.

Musk himself appeared confused by the results, and did a follow up poll simply asking whether the residents of Crimea and the Donbas ought to decide for themselves whether to be a part of Russia or Ukraine.

The reverse happened: 59% said yes, 41% said no.

In reality, Musk’s proposal would be a reasonable, diplomatic settlement to end the war. And it almost did.

Even Fiona Hill, the State Department bureaucrat who worked to impeach President Trump, admitted as much.

Last month, writing in Foreign Affairs, she said:

According to multiple former senior U.S. officials we spoke with, in April 2022, Russian and Ukrainian negotiators appeared to have tentatively agreed on the outlines of a negotiated interim settlement: Russia would withdraw to its position on February 23, when it controlled part of the Donbas region and all of Crimea, and in exchange, Ukraine would promise not to seek NATO membership and instead receive security guarantees from a number of countries.

The same parameters that Elon Musk thought were so obvious! So why didn’t this terrible war end in April?

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