China, Russia and the West’s Crisis of Disbelief

Historical analogies are often lazy, and I cringe when I hear analysts compare the war in Ukraine to the West’s uncertain response to World War II and Munich. Yet as I watch the wavering Western military effort – with the United States, Britain, Poland and the Baltic states in the lead, Germany and France lagging behind, and the rest of Europe somewhere in between – I hear at least a rhyme.

The theme that comes to mind is “disbelief” – widespread disbelief in the severity of the threat we face, which leads to unstable leadership. It is the product of decades of post-Cold War globalist dogma that has weakened the West’s ability to recognize adversity and fight for what it holds dear.


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