Opinion Columns & Blogs

April 9, 2014 12:00 AM

Pankaj Mishra: Don’t let the laptop generals wage war in Crimea

The Cold War credentialed a kind of “thinker” who cannot think without the help of violently opposed abstractions: good versus evil, freedom versus slavery, liberal democracy versus totalitarianism, and that sort of thing. Forced into premature retirement by the unexpected collapse of communism in 1989, this thinker re-emerged after Sept. 11, convinced there was another worthy enemy in the crosshairs: Islamic totalitarianism. Unchastened by a decade of expensive, counterproductive and widely despised wars, these laptop generals have been trying to reboot their dated software yet again as Russian President Vladimir Putin formalizes his annexation of Crimea.

Related content

Comments

Videos

More Videos

Mumbai Rail Indian Bistro opens in Wichita 00:59

Mumbai Rail Indian Bistro opens in Wichita

Gregg Marshall gives tennis team a pep talk 11:00

Gregg Marshall gives tennis team a pep talk

Franklin Graham holds rally at Capitol 02:29

Franklin Graham holds rally at Capitol

Kansas entrepreneurs shift to "lifestyle" businesses 01:37

Kansas entrepreneurs shift to "lifestyle" businesses

New train rides the rails at O.J. Watson Park 02:14

New train rides the rails at O.J. Watson Park

Two walk up in the night 00:46

Two walk up in the night

Silver van in the night 02:37

Silver van in the night

Sugarcane aphid problem needs 'a community approach' 00:58

Sugarcane aphid problem needs 'a community approach'

Liberty comes home 01:25

Liberty comes home

Hailstorm brings business to area body shops 01:01

Hailstorm brings business to area body shops

Koalas return to the Kansas City Zoo for the summer, fall 01:41

Koalas return to the Kansas City Zoo for the summer, fall

Marijuana rally at Kansas Capitol 02:30

Marijuana rally at Kansas Capitol

Share Video

Editor's Choice Videos