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1) Walter Russell Meade, “The Rules-Based International Order Is Quietly Disintegrating; It hasn’t been this threatened since the 1930s,” Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2023 (6:08 pm ET).
Walter Russell Meade, a widely-real expert on international affairs, has published an opinion article in The Wall Street Journal which succinctly summarizes the causes and consequences of the cyrrent unraveling of the U.N. Charter-based international order.
This is a development we have been reporting on for years. Meade’s analysis is a welcome contribution to what should become a chorus among commentators on foreign affairs.
One of the important points he makes is that our leaders, even today, some 19 months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, don’t seem to grasp what is at stake. They don’t seem to understand the broader implications in Russia’s war of aggression and its frontal challenge to the United Nations Charter, international law, and our current civilization.
The last time the world experienced such a challenge, it was from Adolf Hitler and Germany. We all saw then what international anarchy and barbarism can lead to, and the high costs the countries of tbe world were forced to pay to save our civilization.
And that was before nuclear weapons.
At the very least, we should all be paying very close attention, and doing whatever we can to assist Ukraine and defeat Putin’s and Russia’s challenge to the existing international order–which is tge first line of defense of our civilization based on reason and law, and respect for individual human beings.
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