In 1938, prior to selling out the Czechs to Hitler, Chamberlain called the Sudeten crisis “a quarrel in a far-away land between peoples of whom we know nothing.”

History is repeating itself. In Eastern Europe and beyond, a second layer of western myopia predates even Russia’s 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, when those fleeing Tsarist Russia and later Lenin’s and Stalin’s regimes were transmogrified into ‘democrats,’ no matter their previous careers. Leon Trotsky, founder of the Red Army,

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