Vladimir Putin has done incalculable harm to the people of Ukraine and to his fellow Russians, but he may have inadvertently done the United States a favor by placing American divisions in a more realistic, reasonable perspective. In an era when political partisans view their opponents as implacable enemies, he’s shown the United States what a real enemy looks like.
In light of the barbaric and reckless behavior of the Russian invaders and their authoritarian leaders, even the worst excesses of Democrats or Republicans, Trumpers or progressives, look mild by comparison. The ferocious intra-party denunciations of recent months suddenly seem dated and antique, with the flavor of a distant America and a very different world. A few months ago, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gleefully ripped Republican leader Kevin McCarthy as “an evil imbecile” while conservative writer Matt Walsh classified the “Democrat Party” as “this really evil institution that stands for evil things.”…Read the full column at NEWSWEEK.com.