Over the past year, far too much importance has been attached to the weapons the West is providing.
After all, a similarly advanced armoury provided by the West didn’t help the Afghan security forces fight off the Taliban back in August 2021.
That’s because those hapless soldiers and policemen lacked what the Ukrainians have in abundance — a deep, moral commitment to their nation. A determination to defend it. And a willingness to die for it.
Nationalism trumps globalism:
This war has upended many long-held assumptions. About lasting peace and stability in postwar Europe. About the overwhelming strength of the Russian military. And, above all, about the demise of the nation in a globalised world. For in eastern Europe right now there are millions prepared to suffer and fight for exactly this.