Russia Ukraine War

The Choice Between War and Humiliation

Russia could no more accept NATO in Ukraine than France could have accepted neutrality in 1914. Both states were reacting to conditions created by an opponent, both saw themselves in jeopardy, and both had in front of them a no-war option leading to a peaceful exit.

A Collision of Civilizations

Russians consider a loss in Ukraine as tantamount to Russia’s losing its historical identity—not merely as a country but as a civilization, a society distinct from the West.

War Has Two Sides

Russia and the West have two fundamentally different ways of looking at the world, which threatens to indefinitely prolong the war in Ukraine.

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