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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

My favourite living historian on the war in Ukraine


Less than a week into the war, it seems increasingly likely that Vladimir Putin is heading towards a historic defeat. He may win all the battles but still lose the war. Putin’s dream of rebuilding the Russian empire has always rested on the lie that Ukraine isn’t a real nation, that Ukrainians aren’t a real people, and that the inhabitants of Kyiv, Kharkiv and Lviv yearn for Moscow’s rule. That’s a complete lie – Ukraine is a nation with more than a thousand years of history, and Kyiv was already a major metropolis when Moscow was not even a village. But the Russian despot has told his lie so many times that he apparently believes it himself." [continue]

Yuval Noah Harari, public intellectual, historian, and writer, better known to me through his books "Homo Deus - A Brief History Of Tomorrow" and "Sapiens - A Brief History Of Humankind" and "21 Lessons for the 21st Century", wrote an article in THE GUARDIAN, "Why Vladimir Putin has already lost this war", which may help you to gain a better perspective on the war in Ukraine and how it will change the world.

The article ends with his appeal to all of us, "We can all be inspired to dare to do something, whether it is make a donation, welcome refugees, or help with the struggle online. The war in Ukraine will shape the future of the entire world. If tyranny and aggression are allowed to win, we will all suffer the consequences. There is no point to remain just observers. It’s time to stand up and be counted."

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