Why Ukraine Matters to the United States, to Europe, and to the Future of the West https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/politics-current-affairs/2023/03/why-ukraine-matters-to-the-united-states-to-europe-and-to-the-future-of-the-west/

March 29, 2023 | George Weigel
About the author: George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, where he holds the William E. Simon chair in Catholic studies. His To Sanctify the World: The Vital Legacy of Vatican II was published in October, 2022.

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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