It seems self-evident that peace has to be preferable to war. However, after three visits to Ukraine, and after arranging with the Kyiv Region Police to talk with dozens of war crime victims, I no longer believe this.
In Ukraine, occupation by a brutal, genocidal invader can mean suffering worse than war itself. In the areas that the Russians have occupied, Ukrainian police have already documented hundreds of thousands of rapes, murders, and by some calculations, the Russians have forcefully abducted more than 200,000 children.
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