He long warned of the perils of NATO expansion, the need to manage China’s emergence onto the world stage, and the paucity of Western strategy. Tragically, he has been vindicated.
The lesson they will draw is: don’t risk letting the Many upset the apple cart that the Few have so artfully constructed.
A victorious Russia would not only be free to continue its extermination of Ukrainian society, but its forces would be on the Polish border, and its leadership convinced that the West lacked the will or ability to defend itself.
How would we have felt if our benefactors had grown tired of the burden and attempted to force us into a negotiated settlement with Hitler? Thankfully, Britain had the resolve to continue and our allies remained true.
Since at least 2008, he has been striving to ‘Make Russia Great Again’ through the old Tsarist gambit of ‘strategic depth.’
Contrary to received wisdom, Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbour did not guarantee American entry into the European war.
But beware, Prime Minister: there is no divine right of parties any more than there was a divine right of kings.
Turn a blind eye, and every one of the other 30 Articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be breached too.
If you want societies that seek to impose virtue by force, leave the rest of us to muddled old Britain, and try Jonestown.
He may have been one of the greatest figures to shape the 20th century, but a simplistic deification risks losing the complexity of the man.
If police officers are shouting at people with loudhailers and disbanding picnickers in local parks, then, good.
For his Shadow Cabinet, I would choose media friendly spokespeople, and back them up with deputies more on the policy wonkish side of things.
Johnson’s task is to hire the right people and back them as long as they are getting things done, no matter who they offend in the process.
What he detests is less liberalism than democracy, and the obstacle it poses to Russian foreign policy objectives.
Tim Bouverie has written a fascinating account of the slide towards the Second World War.