Should Ukraine trade territory for peace? | New NY 23rd

How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas masks here because of a quarrel in a far-away country between people of whom we know nothing. –Neville Chamberlain Sept. 27, 1938

Reportedly, Henry Kissinger suggests Ukraine should trade territory for peace. My reaction:

  • Why should we care what Kissinger thinks?
  • Our European allies wouldn’t like that idea, which would set a dangerous precedent.
  • Would Russia be interested in such a deal?
  • How would peace be guaranteed? No deal is good if you don’t know what you get from it.
  • How much territory?
  • What are the alternatives?

Certainly peace is highly desirable and might well come at a high cost, but I don’t see that Kissinger’s suggestion promotes it.

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