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History's lessons not learnt

The so-called hard right in Europe such as Marine Le Pen, Nigel Farage, and their counterparts in Germany and Slovakia seem to be squishy soft in at least one important aspect. That is, their attitude towards Putin's war against Ukraine. Essentially, Ukraine is taking one for the team because if Russia easily got its way there, what hope would there be for the Baltic states? Putin has labelled the various Central Asian states that were part of the USSR as "artificial". What would stop him from launching a war against them if Ukraine proved to be a walkover? We have already seen how Russia dismantled part of Georgia then took the Crimea unopposed. Such are the consequences of inaction.

Conservative politicians in Europe should rethink their policies towards Russia which Winston Churchill would have rightly labelled appeasement (the Italian PM is an exception here - not the rule). Appeasing dictatorships only makes things worse in the long run and in fact, does not even deliver short-term benefits. Those who forget the past...


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