Four words really says it all. But being a wordy guy, naturally I want to say more about how proud I am of how Ukraine is bravely fighting against Putin and his Russian military.
Many times a day I check my Twitter feed to see how the Russian invasion of Ukraine is going. I follow The Kyiv Independent, @KyivIndependent. This screenshot of their most recent tweets shows how gripping real-time coverage of the invasion is.
The stories of heroism and sacrifice coming out of Ukraine are wonderfully inspiring. They spur me to exhibit more courage in my own hugely easier life, which has its own challenges, but nothing like fighting against a Russian invasion of a nation that loves democracy, which makes Putin hate Ukraine.
What's difficult for me to understand is why every freedom-loving American, which seemingly should encompass virtually all of our citizenry, isn't supporting the Ukrainian people.
Sure, it makes sense that Tucker Carlson would praise Putin and disparage Biden on his Fox News show, because that's what Trump has been doing. It doesn't seem to bother Carlson that his words are being used as Russian propaganda.
However, it makes little sense that gun-crazed Republicans, who support the right of everyone to own a military-style assault rifle, aren't backing Ukraine vociferously, since guns are being handed out there to every person who wants one for a much better reason than we have here in the United States.
Namely, to defend their country against the Russian invasion -- which occurred (1) because Putin is sad that the Soviet Union disintegrated into just Russia, and he wants to reconstitute the USSR, and (2) because Putin fears democracies on Russia's borders, since that would give his own people the idea that democracy would be good for them also.
Sadly, conservatives aren't the only ones going soft on support for Ukraine. I've been arguing with a fellow liberal, who usually is more left-leaning than I am, about his conspiracy theory that Ukraine is a hotbed of Nazis.
Sure, there are some Nazis in Ukraine, just as there are some Nazis in many countries, including the United States. But the president of Ukraine has a Jewish background, as do other leaders in the government, so it's crazy to echo Putin's lie that he invaded Ukraine to "denazify" the country.
A milder, yet still disturbing, skeptical attitude toward Ukraine was on display by Bill Maher in his HBO show yesterday. Maher disparaged the Ukraine armed forces, bizarrely saying that he saw them training with wooden weapons.
Maher also pushed back against a guest's correct assertion that it was a mistake to let Hitler take portions of European countries, as that emboldened Hitler to believe that he could conquer all of Europe.
"Putin is no Hitler," Maher said. Obviously true, but Putin also has a goal of taking over sovereign nations. If he gets away with invading Ukraine, other countries could be next.
Even MSNBC's Chris Hayes, who I almost always agree with, is expressing concern that sending military equipment to Ukraine could draw the United States and our allies into a conflict with Russia. That sort of argument for appeasement didn't work in the prelude to World War II, and it doesn't work now either.
Putin is a bully. Yes, he's a bully with thousands of nuclear weapons. That's concerning. Not so concerning, though, that Putin should be allowed to take over Ukraine without the US and our NATO partners doing everything we can to support the Ukrainian people in their fight against Russia.
President Biden and his national security team have performed almost flawlessly in handling both the Russian build-up of troops around Ukraine and the invasion itself. Our intelligence services were spot-on accurate in predicting what Putin would do and when he would do it.
The Biden administration has been able to bring along our European allies with sanctions against Russia to a degree that few had predicted. In addition, it's heartening that Germany, Belgium, and other European Union countries are unabashedly shipping military equipment to Ukraine.
Even if Putin manages to install a puppet government in Ukraine, it seems pretty damn clear that the Ukrainian people won't put up with either a Russian occupation or being ruled by Putin's choice to succeed the democratically-elected Zelensky.
Nonetheless, the invasion of Ukraine has shaken me up, along with countless others. The world now is a more dangerous place. If Putin succeeds in taking over Ukraine, other authoritarian leaders will think they can do the same thing. Taiwan could be next.
This piece in The New Yorker appeared before the invasion. But the sentiment does a great job of reflecting how my psyche feels right now.