And so, Putin has crossed the line. During an Ubu-esque meeting in which he chastised his minions as though in a bad Ernst Lubitsch film, he recognized the independence of the separatist territories of Donbass. And so here we have the West ridiculed; Ukraine defeated; and thousands of men and women who have fought for eight years to maintain the freedom of Luhansk and Donetsk, handed over to thugs. In the fog of provocations and lies still to come, we must satisfy ourselves, for now, with recalling the following: No. 1: Russia has no right to Ukraine. None. No right to amputate, and no right to dictate its alliances. Of course, geopolitics is an affair of power relations. But right remains right.…
The Rape of Ukraine
Article published in Tablet, February 22, 2022
Taking Putin’s grievances seriously would be nothing more than a death wish for a return to the terrible 20th century.