These attacks are nothing but an egregious display of hubris. Ukrainian Ambassador to the UN Sergiy Kyslytsya said it most succinctly at an emergency UN Security Council meeting in the very midst of this crisis: “There is no purgatory for war criminals. They go straight to hell.”

American concern for this war has already surged—not to excess, but decidedly more so than it did for many other wars fought on soil occupied primarily by people of color. Much of that attention likely stems from the influx of journalists sent to Ukraine ahead of these attacks, as it’s considered an otherwise “safe” country; the same cannot be said for non-white countries like Afghanistan or Syria, where images and video to circulate on social media were always much fewer and far between. While access surely has a part to play in how we mourn for a war, it remains baffling that conservatives are hellbent on blaming this attack on Biden, the media, and progressives for having investigated Trump’s potential collusion with Russia during his 2016 election. Some are even cheering Russia to victory.


“This is genius,” lauded Trump on a radio program on Thursday. “So Putin is now saying it’s independent — a large section of Ukraine. I said, how smart is that? And he’s gonna go in and be a peacekeeper.”

We’ve been living through unprecedented times for a long time. It seems like the loudest voices are attempting to make Ukraine look different, new, when it’s more of the same. It’s terrifying and exhausting.


Despite our history books being littered with examples of imperialism and the catastrophic damage it leaves behind, innocent people are being dragged into violence and suffering yet again because of a single man’s ego. Greed just may end us all, so perhaps we stop making those books anyway. They’re about as useful to the men in charge as firewood.