Europe Hits Scale. Putin’s Russia Hits the Slant

A decisive battle for resources has begun

Shankar Narayan
7 min readMay 25, 2023
Slippery Slope (Licensed Image)

In 1954, the Viet Minh, led by Ho Chi Minh, surrounded the French garrison at Dien Bien Phu. The Viets blocked all the supply routes. The French did not give in immediately. They fought and fought and fought. But in the end, they surrendered because there wasn’t enough ammunition and supplies to sustain the attack.

They hit a gradient and lost.

Weapons. Food. Water. Fuel

If one out of the above mentioned four goes for a toss, there goes your battle. The outcome of any battle is an interplay of various factors. But a lack of resources, or an inability to supply necessary resources to your troops will always lead you to a defeat. Any army that has more resources than the other side has the odds in its favor. Throw in a bit of morale into the mix, the odds will simply shoot all the way to the top.

Being a group of democracies did not help the West mobilize sufficient resources to defeat the enemy, while a supposedly decisive nature of an autocratic regime did not give Putin the strength to over power a much smaller enemy.

One side’s struggle was simply matched by the other side. That is why we are still watching the war unfold for over 14 months and still wondering when…



Shankar Narayan

He didn't care what he had or what he had left, he cared only about what he must do.