Posted BY: James Soriano
All wars are like car accidents, and all car accidents have caused. Trouble is, conflicting testimony will often produce different explanations of the cause.
The conventional view on the Russo-Ukraine War holds that Russia’s invasion constitutes a grave act of injustice, amounting to an open-and-shut case of unprovoked aggression. War guilt rests solely on the shoulders of Russian president Vladimir Putin. “One man chose this war,” American secretary of state Antony Blinken has said, “and one man can end it,” echoing a widely shared view by foreign policy elites on both sides of the Atlantic. Variations of this version would add that Putin’s past words and deeds show that he had long planned for war, that he is bent on conquest, and that he wants to recreate the Russian Empire. In any case, the key point in all this is that the war stemmed from an act of Putin’s will, nothing more.
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The anti-war view is in the minority; it has no standing among foreign policy elites. Generally, the war critics see two principal chains of events leading up to the conflict.