The dark folly of expansionism
Is co-existence possible?
As Russia’s military advance in Ukraine stands frozen-in-dead-motion, prompting Putin to shift focus to the Donbas, just as most Ukrainians are now threatening to culturally purge the Russian language in favor of their native tongue, the question remains: will Putin’s invasion prove as disastrously counterproductive to Moscow’s interests, objectives and influence as NATO expansion has proven for the West—and particularly the United States?
Even if he is “successful” in Ukraine (i.e. sweeps over the country, installs a loyal puppet regime, exerts full control), the pariah status that Russia has acquired as a result may hobble it on the world-stage for decades to come.
But let’s not forget to examine closely the full portrait of what got us here.
Because if we do (forget), it will happen again.
Reset buttons work both ways.
(And this one isn’t even over yet.)