by Daniel A. Kaufman
 Whatever one thinks of the idea that Russia requires some “buffer zone” around its country (in the age of missiles, drones, and air and sea power, the notion that land-contiguity offers some special threat from major powers strikes me as making little sense), Russian expansion will just mean that countries other than Ukraine will suddenly find themselves in the position of “threatening Russia’s borders.” Russia is tricking the world into playing a sucker’s game.
 Those who suggest that efforts to add Ukraine to the roster of NATO countries are responsible for Russia’s invasion have failed to consider that had Ukraine joined NATO, the current invasion would not be happening.
 Russia’s behavior justifies Ukraine’s desire to join NATO and incentivizes every one of its neighbors to do the same.
 Russia’s behavior in Ukraine incentivizes every country on the earth to pursue a nuclear weapons program.
 That Russia hasn’t already prevailed in its invasion of Ukraine reveals that it is, to a great extent, a paper tiger, when compared with the US and NATO.
 Russia’s nuclear threats are unconvincing and should not deter the US or any other major power from imposing sanctions, seizing assets, grabbing and extraditing war criminals, or supporting the Ukrainian war effort through direct and indirect aid.
 One cannot simultaneously think that there should be no resistance/opposition/punishment to/of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and that we should have global political institutions, international laws and courts, and all the rest.
 A nation cannot fail to come to the aid of another country crying for help, during a vicious invasion, and then also tell it that it shouldn’t build up its military or develop nuclear weapons.
 If Russia is stopped and/or severely punished by the international community for its invasion of Ukraine community – including bringing Russian leaders before war crimes tribunals – China likely will forgo any invasion of Taiwan and rely on soft power to ensure dominance in its region.
 While Ukraine, Russia, and indeed all of Eastern Europe boast their fair share of Jew-haters, Ukraine, with a Jewish president (and a former professional comedian), hardly requires “de-Nazification,” as Putin has claimed in one of his sillier rationalizations for the invasion.
 If the Russian mafiosos, oligarchs, and generals (who have been busily getting rich, since the collapse of the USSR) have any brains, they’ll quietly disappear Putin before he gets them all: (a) bankrupted; (b) torn to pieces by angry Russians, who have been bankrupted.
 Fecklessness is the developed world’s most prominent and dangerous flaw today.
 One of the most depressing developments among the so-called “thinking classes” of the developed world has been the turning of fecklessness from a fault into a virtue.
 Thinking that it’s worse to try and fail to avert or mitigate a bloodbath than to do nothing and watch a bloodbath happen is not a moral position, but rather, moral derangement; a matter of people confusing self-absorption and preciousness – Not in my name! Not with my tax dollars! – with virtue.
 States are not individual persons and occupy a different space in the moral landscape. A country that refuses to aid another country that has been attacked or to appropriately sanction the attacking country is not comparable with an individual, who is a pacifist as a matter of principle.
 The combination of “Military invasions of other countries and mass murder are terrible and should never happen” and “We should give people who engage in military invasions and mass murder carte blanche” is morally bankrupt, as well as incoherent.