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MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on Saturday called for “direct military involvement” in Ukraine from NATO and the West in light of heartbreaking new footage giving the world a glimpse of Russia’s brutality on Ukrainian civilians .
Velshi, reporting from Ukraine, called on NATO and the West to take immediate action in a series of tweets over the weekend.
ZELENSKYY REACTS TO DEVASTATING IMAGES FROM UKRAINE
“The turning point for the West and NATO will come when the sun rises over Kyiv on Sunday, and war crimes against civilian noncombatants become visible to all,” Velshi wrote. “There’s no time for dithering anymore. If ‘never again’ means anything, then now is the time to act.”
Asked by journalist Aaron Mate to clarify what exactly he was asking, Velshi pointedly replied, “direct military involvement”.
The MSNBC host’s position has been widely dismissed by foreign policy pundits and diplomats who have continually warned that military intervention on behalf of NATO and the West could spark World War III.
Velshi doubled down on his stance on his show on Sunday, telling viewers that “Me saying the West needs to do more, or NATO needs to do more, and we need to look at the fact that civilians are being killed and it’s there are atrocities, sometimes rings hollow.” he said.
Velshi acknowledged “that what I say involves real danger to people. It involves danger to NATO soldiers and pilots, as well as US Marines and naval officers. So explain that to me. How do you get more involved and not drag us into World War III, and not drag us into a nuclear war with Russia?” he asked his guest retired army major John Spencer.
“I’m ready to commit right now – unlike I was before today – to bring people into direct contact with Russia, to stop Russia. Call it peacekeeping. Call it like you want. We have to do more than provide weapons. And by “we” I mean the United States. Yes, we will do it as a coalition with many other people, but we are the example. So , put boots on the ground, send weapons straight to Russia. It’s a massacre. It’s a special kind of evil,” Spencer said.
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Spencer added: “It’s a huge risk, I understand that. But today is different.”
“Today is different,” agreed Velshi.