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What is stolen must be returned

This is a map of how much Ukranian land is currently occupied by Russian forces, transposed to other countries: The amount of Ukrainian territory occupied by Russians, equivalent to other European countries. Any appeasement of russia and concessions to russia … Continue reading

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Why can’t people see that you can’t negotiate with bullies?

From Adam Something: The Soviet/Russian way of negotiation was developed precisely with Western appeasers in mind. Suppose Soviets want X from the West. They have 0% of it. This is how they’ll proceed: Step 1: demand the absolute maximum, 100% … Continue reading

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Good vs Evil

I am told that I should not consider the Ukrainian fight for their homeland a battle between good and evil, and that might be true. I am sure Ukraine is not just good, but tell me if Putin’s Russia isn’t … Continue reading

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Why autocrats fail

And sin […] is when you treat people as things — Terry Pratchett One of the constant failures of autocrats is that they do not see that other people have agency – and it follows directly from them being autocrats. … Continue reading

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Russian propaganda that I fell for

First time I heard of “Ukrainian being Nazis” was in 2014 but I already had enough information to know that it was untrue. It has surprised me how many people actually continue to believe this lie. And then I fell … Continue reading

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A Russian joke

I truly hope this isn’t too soon: According to Putin the special military operation is really a conflict between Russia and NATO about World dominance. What’s the situation now? Russia has lost 15,000 troops, 6 generals, 500 tanks, 3 ships, … Continue reading

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Putin has already been defeated

I agree with most of what Francis Fukuyama says here: Russia is heading for an outright defeat in Ukraine. Russian planning was incompetent, based on a flawed assumption that Ukrainians were favorable to Russia and that their military would collapse … Continue reading

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It takes two to tango

It takes two to tango, but it only takes one to start a war. On yet another day where people on the radical left keep defending Putin, it’s a good idea to remember that political ideologies are not on a … Continue reading

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Adding to my wishful thinking

                         

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How we got here

Garry Kasparov in his 2015 book, “Winter is coming”: A popular straw man argument is to suggest that intervention against aggression might lead to World War III or even a nuclear holocaust. To the contrary, the only way the current … Continue reading

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