War in Ukraine Was Provoked; Why That Matters in Achieving Peace

Source: Common Dreams
by Jeffrey D Sachs

“George Orwell wrote in 1984 that ‘Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’ Governments work relentlessly to distort public perceptions of the past. Regarding the Ukraine War, the Biden administration has repeatedly and falsely claimed that the Ukraine War started with an unprovoked attack by Russia on Ukraine on February 24, 2022. In fact, the war was provoked by the U.S. in ways that leading U.S. diplomats anticipated for decades in the lead-up to the war, meaning that the war could have been avoided and should now be stopped through negotiations. Recognizing that the war was provoked helps us to understand how to stop it. It doesn’t justify Russia’s invasion.” (05/25/23)