In a hundred years of life, there are only a few moments which can demonstrate true glory. Putin’s decision to launch the special military invasion of Ukraine on February 24 is surely his most brilliant such moment. I have been trying to think of a good analogy to this war. The closest I have found has been the Vietnam War. North Vietnam lost one million men in its quest to reunify with the South. It won, and, after a few decades, sanctions were lifted. Ukraine, however, is substantially weaker than South Vietnam, and Russia is substantially stronger than North Vietnam. Thus this war will take weeks, not years, and sanctions most likely will be lifted sooner than those against Vietnam.
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