The roots of Vladimir Putin’s invasion ambitions | Observer letters

Humiliation and western hubris are what drove the Russian president to wage war in UkraineAndrew Rawnsley is right to note that Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine signals a global contest for the soul of our planet (“Liberal democracies must defend their values and show Putin that the west isn’t weak”, Comment).The current situation can be traced back to western triumphalism after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which may well have fed Putin’s drive to address perceived humiliation. The hubris of the west in turn fed strategic inertia and a failure to follow words with action, as in Barack Obama’s refusal to act when Bashar al-Assad crossed his red lines in Syria, when Joe Biden abjectly abandoned Afghanistan, and the UK prostituted itself by accepting foreign investment without any checks on where it came from, turning London into the world’s money-laundering capital. The wealth of a small global elite now holds sway over the planet, as noted by Nick Cohen. Continue reading…Humiliation and western hubris are what drove the Russian president to wage war in Ukraine

Andrew Rawnsley is right to note that Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine signals a global contest for the soul of our planet (“Liberal democracies must defend their values and show Putin that the west isn’t weak”, Comment).

The current situation can be traced back to western triumphalism after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which may well have fed Putin’s drive to address perceived humiliation. The hubris of the west in turn fed strategic inertia and a failure to follow words with action, as in Barack Obama’s refusal to act when Bashar al-Assad crossed his red lines in Syria, when Joe Biden abjectly abandoned Afghanistan, and the UK prostituted itself by accepting foreign investment without any checks on where it came from, turning London into the world’s money-laundering capital. The wealth of a small global elite now holds sway over the planet, as noted by Nick Cohen.

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