The Leaves of War: Ukraine Notes

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Spring 2022


"Describing Ukraine as a Nazi nation is not only a contumelious act of imperial contempt towards fellow Slavs, but also a squalid and abominable opportunity to capitalize on one’s indifference to moral constraints, a disgraceful reason to cry havoc and open the spigots of bloodlust such that all enemies and their offspring will bewail the victors throughout the generations. There will be no victors in a war that transforms otherwise peaceful soldiers into ‘bloody-hunting slaughtermen,’ to use Shakespeare’s caustic term. Rape and torture are the coin of imperial war’s ignominious realm carried out in the carrion fields of xenophobic nationalism. There will be a heavy reckoning to make as Russia continues its unrelenting prosecution of war."


This article was originally published in PESA Agora in spring 2022.


PESA Agora