Wreckage from the downed Boeing 777 Malaysian airliner in a field in eastern Ukraine.
The lives of others
Sergey Dubinsky, a veteran of Russia’s wars in
Afghanistan and Chechnya, was found to have played
a key role in the missile launch.
and sentiments, it will also deny facts; it
will struggle against evidence, and triumph
in the struggle!” The tsar, and then Lenin,
banned Custine’s work.
The U.S. diplomat George Kennan,
whose “Long Telegram” to the U.S. State
Department shaped the Cold War and
NATO, so admired Custine that he wrote a
book about him in 1971. Kennan thought
that much of Custine’s analysis still rang
true: “the neurotic relationship to the
West; the frantic fear of foreign observation; the obsession with espionage; the
secrecy; the systematic mystification; the
general silence of intimidation; the preoccupation with appearances at the expense
of reality; the systematic cultivation of
falsehood as a weapon of policy; the tendency to rewrite the past.” (Among Putin’s
methods, not least is the e;ort to ban his-