Re "Putin makes history, taking Crimea without firing a shot" (Viewpoints, March 7): In his love letter to Vladimir Putin, Charles Krauthammer mocks the notion that Russia's intervention in Ukraine belongs in the 19th century "as if a calendar change transformed ..the international arena."
It wasn't the calendar that changed the world. It was the 80 million people who died in the two world wars -- conflicts that happened when 19th century ambitions of conquest collided with 20th century technology.
Since those catastrophes, the world has aspired -- however imperfectly -- to recognize that aggressive war is a crime that must be resisted and punished, and that a world where might equals right and where the strong crush the weak is not a world worth living in.
-- Michael Bolin, Folsom