Asharq Al-Awsat Visits Germany Residing Between Two Walls
Usually major events are blood-soaked, costly to the economy, and beget refugees. Journalists delight in writing from the earthquake scene. And here I am. Shortly after my arrival in Berlin I smelled the ‘end of an era’. The conclusion of a chapter of the life of Europe and the world. And the birth of a chapter bears the hallmarks of the Tsar sitting on the throne of Lenin.
Berlin is a sensitive place to read about the burden of the Russian war in Ukraine. It is too early to predict what the Russian adventure will lead to. It is clear that the master of the Kremlin dealt a near-fatal blow to the world that was built on the ashes of the Soviet Union. There are those who believe that Russian tanks crossing the international border with Ukraine heralded the end of the stability in the post-wall world. The Russian war in Ukraine is much more dangerous than the bloody challenges the world has witnessed in the past two decades.
It was necessary to return to Berlin. The earthquake of the wall heralded the birth of a new world, and perhaps the birth of a new wall. The world of the sole superpower and the outrageous American victory. There are those who believe that the Ukrainian earthquake today announces the death of that world, and the birth of a new world bearing Putin’s fingerprints.
How difficult it is to speculate whether the Russian war will lead to a wall dividing Ukraine, as the previous wall did in Germany. If it is true that the West made a decisive decision to prevent Putin from emerging victorious from his current war, we will surely pay the price for the accelerated attrition in Ukraine.