Never again, the phrase commonly uttered after crimes against humanity, almost never, in fact, almost never means ever again.
Horror scene of mass graves and murdered civilians in Ukraine this weekend, revealed by the withdrawal of Russian troops from Kyiv, is startling the world back with some of humanity’s most ruthless outrage.
Perhaps there is a good chance that such gruesome footage could become a symbol of a turning point in the war by catalyzing stronger Western action and a renewed diplomatic commitment that could turn the tide of the war. conflict against Russia.
But the only conceivable way that Ukrainian civilians could be safe was if Western forces intervened in the conflict or Russian President Putin suddenly called off his onslaught.
This is also unlikely – especially since the West has imposed limits on its own actions to avoid direct conflict with nuclear-armed Moscow. And the Russian leader has always considered the lives of civilians in his way as cheap.
The evidence of atrocities, however, underscores a tragic realization that such evil is not simply the historical legacy of long past wars.
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