Krauthammer ignores the carnage of two world wars

03/09/2014 11:03 AM

03/07/2014 3:36 PM

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

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