Op ed Ukraine and its allies must tackle 5 tests for the civilized world

Op ed Ukraine and its allies must tackle 5 tests for the civilized world

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Here are the five crucial tests Ukraine and its global partners and allies must tackle as Russian President Vladimir Putin's criminal war approaches its most decisive phase. Some are short-term, and others have generational consequences. What unites them is that all five are necessary to transform Putin's murderous authoritarian threat into a historic opportunity for the civilized world to shape a better future. That's a long list, and it's only the beginning. The bottom line is that unanticipated Ukrainian resilience, resourcefulness, patriotism, and bravery have provided the free world an opportunity not only to save Ukraine but also to reverse years of democratic drift and authoritarian resurgence. If one is to avoid having the rule-of-the jungle replace rule-of-law, now is the time to act. It will be as important in the years ahead that the transatlantic community embraces Russia and Russians as part of President George H. W. Bush's dream of "a Europe Whole and Free." One should already be designing how to make that happen. In the meantime, however, Ukraine's friends, for now, must quell Putin's revanchist, historically perverted obsession with restoring some false notion of "ancient Rus" through whatever means necessary. The past week underscored the positive momentum toward this end. Finland and Sweden moved toward NATO membership, the United Kingdom tightened sanctions that cracked Putin's wall of secrecy around his family and rumored girlfriend; Russian troops appeared to be retreating from Ukraine's second-largest city Kharkiv, and Ukrainian troops began launching a counter-offensive toward the eastern city of Izyum, targeting Russian supply lines to the Donbas region. Finland and Sweden this past week moved closer toward NATO membership applications, which should become official in the coming days."Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay," said Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin in a statement on Thursday, making it all but certain that Finland, with its 810-mile border with Russia, would do so following other steps in the next days. "NATO membership would strengthen Finland's security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defense alliance."On Friday, all Swedish political parties presented a revised assessment of a deteriorated security situation in their region. Six of the eight parties supported conclusions that favor NATO membership after 200 years of neutrality. The Swedish government is expected to take the formal decision to apply for NATO membership on Monday. For those misguided voices who still argue that NATO membership destabilizes rather than secures a more peaceful Europe, talk to officials of these countries, who have seen the three Baltic members of NATO remain secure while Russia overran Ukraine, a non-NATO member.


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