Why Ukraine Matters to the United States, to Europe, and to the Future of the West

March 29 2023

Russia’s ongoing war to conquer its neighbor, George Weigel argues, has exposed that “what seemed like a version of Immanuel Kant’s system of perpetual peace turned out to be a truce.” While Europe appeared to enjoy peace, “nonquantifiable forces were at work beneath the surface of history, much like the geological forces at work beneath the crust of the earth.” Yet as much as the bloody conflict has been a harsh wake-up call, it is also a reminder of the virtues of freedom, civic solidarity, self-sacrifice, and national cohesion which Western civilization has been forgetting. (Video, 61 minutes.)

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More about: Europe, U.S. Foreign policy, War in Ukraine, Western civilization

In the Aftermath of a Deadly Attack, President Sisi Should Visit Israel

On June 3, an Egyptian policeman crossed the border into Israel and killed three soldiers. Jonathan Schanzer and Natalie Ecanow urge President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to respond by visiting the Jewish state as a show of goodwill:

Such a dramatic gesture is not without precedent: in 1997, a Jordanian soldier opened fire on a group of Israeli schoolgirls visiting the “Isle of Peace,” a parcel of farmland previously under Israeli jurisdiction that Jordan leased back to Israel as part of the Oslo peace process. In a remarkable display of humanity, King Hussein of Jordan, who had only three years earlier signed a peace agreement with Israel, traveled to the Jewish state to mourn with the families of the seven girls who died in the massacre.

That massacre unfolded as a diplomatic cold front descended on Jerusalem and Amman. . . . Yet a week later, Hussein flipped the script. “I feel as if I have lost a child of my own,” Hussein lamented. He told the parents of one of the victims that the tragedy “affects us all as members of one family.”

While security cooperation [between Cairo and Jerusalem] remains strong, the bilateral relationship is still rather frosty outside the military domain. True normalization between the two nations is elusive. A survey in 2021 found that only 8 percent of Egyptians support “business or sports contacts” with Israel. With a visit to Israel, Sisi can move beyond the cold pragmatism that largely defines Egyptian-Israeli relations and recast himself as a world figure ready to embrace his diplomatic partners as human beings. At a personal level, the Egyptian leader can win international acclaim for such a move rather than criticism for his country’s poor human-rights record.

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More about: General Sisi, Israeli Security, Jordan