Historical analogies are often lazy, and I cringe when I hear analysts compare the war in Ukraine and the West’s uncertain response to WWII and Munich. But watching the West’s hesitant military effort — with the US, Britain, Poland and the Baltics leading the way, 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” – a widespread disbelief in the seriousness of the threat we face, leading to uncertain leadership. It is the product of decades of post-Cold War globalist dogma that have weakened the West’s ability to recognize adversity and fight for what it holds dear.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-russia-and-the-wests-crisis-america-democracy-fight-military-threat-disarmament-cold-war-putin-xi-response-11659892566 China, Russia and the West’s Crisis of Disbelief