Since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Western elite have moralized about doing the right thing in the conflict. They have posted videos of themselves speaking with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, released statements glorifying Zelenskyy, and demonized any skepticism. Crises like these bring out strong emotions, and leaders using their charisma to inspire efforts is necessary in any war. But crises like these should also bring reflection of how the world got to this point and what its leaders can do to avoid it in the future. The global elite’s inability to discuss their…
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