Inspiration from Ukraine

This week’s posts will highlight some trustworthy voices of reason–people that I’ve found helpful in this somewhat chaotic, polarized era. For many years, Yale University professor of history Timothy Snyder has been warning us about the rise of authoritarianism around the world, including within the US.

His recent article in Foreign Policy argues that Russia’s war in Ukraine must be met not just with resistance but with inspiration. Here’s a paragraph worth discussing over morning coffee or tea:

The situation today is disconcertingly similar to that at the outset of World War II. Russian President Vladimir Putin now speaks of Ukraine as an artificial state and nation. In 1938 and 1939, Adolf Hitler spoke in just the same way about Germany’s neighbors. Putin prepared the way for his invasion with a litany of imaginary atrocities supposedly suffered by compatriots across the border. Hitler was the pioneer of atrocity talk as a pretext to aggression. He used such lies to absorb Austria, destroy Czechoslovakia, and invade Poland.

From “Ukraine Is Europe’s Chance for Renewal,” by Timothy Snyder, Foreign Policy, March 8, 2022

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