The Ukraine war is “our 1937 moment,” General Patrick Sanders, the new head of the army, said this week. I broadly agree. But the west still isn’t treating it as such. We need to grasp that the price of a Putin victory—or even a stalemate—is likely to be more war, not less.
The 1937 moment came after Hitler’s lawless European aggression and its destabilising effects had become clear, with the remilitarisation of the Rhineland, but before the successive Austrian, Czech and Polish invasions of the following two years.
Historical parallels are never exact. Putin has already violated…
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