When George Orwell looked back at the Spanish Civil War, in which he participated as a volunteer, he noted that its outcome was "settled in London, Paris, Rome, Berlin – at any rate not in Spain". He continued: "The Nazis and the Italians gave arms to their Spanish Fascist friends, and the western democracies and the Russians didn't give arms to those who should have been their friends." As simple as that. The same pattern is repeated today. The Russians are giving military help to "their friends" (many of which are Russian citizens) in eastern Ukraine and are now starting a massive direct invasion while the West is very slow in accepting the need for military aid to Ukraine.