For the likes of Habermas, a successful Ukraine still holds out hope for a post-heroic Europe with just enough military capacity to fend off wicked external actors like Putin (or Trump) while avoiding the dread nationalism of the 19th- and 20th-century nation in arms. In contrast, for American foreign policy elites in both parties, the war in Ukraine is not so much an opportunity for European utopianism but a post-Kabul vindication of American power where at little cost to itself, the United States can savagely bleed the military power of a traditional rival, warn Beijing of the potential costs of an incursion against Taiwan, and support a telegenic and social media savvy statesman all at the same time.
Amid Russia’s ongoing campaign to conquer Ukraine, Dnipro has become a key logistics node for dispatching supplies to battlefields in the country’s north, east and south.
Kalani Pickhart, author of the novel “I Will Die in a Foreign Land,” joins New Lines’ Lydia Wilson to talk about Ukraine’s Maidan revolution and the long history of Russian aggression toward the country.
One of the volunteers, a bearded and cheerful young man who called himself Bundes and mostly wanted to talk to me about third century medieval Ukrainian history, said he was happy to see British-supplied weapons delivered to his comrades. “This is the best kind of support,” he says, “one you can feel with your hands.”
Because many people’s lives depend on overcoming such persistent and deeply entrenched supremacist ideologies that are visible around the world, this moment to learn should not be(come) a wasted opportunity. Clarifying the connection between racialization and dehumanization and acknowledging different manifestations of such oppressive processes in more than one geographic context is essential to understand these intricate relationships.
By now everyone is surely an expert on the mud-freeze theory of warfare or whether bombs-away begins halfway through the bobsleigh or snowboarding competition in Beijing.
There’s no talk of imminent invasion plans in Moscow, not on state media, not among political journalists, not among the political class. Even the Ukrainians themselves, supposedly in the firing line, don’t seem worried.