Ukrainian servicemen ride in a truck on a muddy road during an exercise in a Joint Forces Operation controlled area in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. Credit: Vadim Ghirda / AP

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As undergraduate students of European history we were required to read “The Guns of August,” by Barbara Tuchman. It described in detail the lead-up to the madness and folly of World War I. Millions died.

George Washington in his farewell address urged us to beware of foreign entanglements. That advice has fallen on deaf ears over the decades.

We are near a precipice in the Ukraine. The gods of war laugh in expectation in the background.  They know human nature all too well.

I would suggest that the states people who urged Ukraine’s admission to NATO stand alone, armed with a slingshot, to face the Russian tanks on the Ukrainian border. That would give them a realistic perspective on the stakes.

The slingshot is a child’s weapon. Children stand to die should we act without love, compassion, and restraint. I pray for peace.

Dick Hoyt