War in Ukraine—Thucydides, Solzhenitsyn, and Lincoln
Both Russia and Ukraine have refused to learn the lessons from history and, as a consequence, they are repeating the mistakes of the past.
Our guest, Salim Mansur likens Ukraine to the tiny island of Milos during the Peloponnesian Wars. The rulers of Milos were given the chance, under insurmountable odds, to pay deference to the superior force of mighty Athens and choose life for its people. They chose death.
As for Russia, the historical lesson is how great leaders facing division among their people in the aftermath of war choose to heal those divisions, reconcile differences, and do those things necessary to avoid further conflict. Abraham Lincoln was one such leader. After a bloody civil war and a nation divided. He healed the wounds of war, united North and South spiritually and laid the groundwork for the United States to become a beacon of hope for the world.
As Salim points out, Putin is no Lincoln but after the breakup of the Soviet Union, the opportunity for reconciliation with the former Warsaw Pact nations and the rest of the world including Ukraine still exists.
On the side of the West, Biden is a walking demonstration of the rottenness that is inside America and the rest of the Western world. It remains to Putin to rise to the occasion and learn from the lessons of history.
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