Justice and War in Ukraine—Part II: What Putin Wants, by Phil Lawler

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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, March 24, 2022

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org.

Last week I reflected on the sober moral reasoning demanded by the just-war tradition, and the need to think dispassionately about the issues at stake in Ukraine. My analysis ended with three questions, which I want to address today:

  • What provoked Putin to launch this invasion?

  • What might prompt him to escalate?

  • What would convince him to withdraw? ….

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