Fṛm Đ Gardịn: This bloody invasion is turning the march of history into a sprint – and it’s not going Putin’s way

‘Already, Ukrainians’ collective defiance and bravery in the face of a terrifying menace is the material of myth.’ Ukrainian soldiers and volunteers prepare sandbags for barricades in Kyiv on Thursday. Photograph: Europa Press News/Europa Press/Getty Images
‘Olrdi, Ycreńnz’ c’lectiv dfayns n breṿri in ɖ fes v a teṛfayñ menis z ɖ mtirịl v miʈ.’ Ycreńn soljrz n voḷntirz priper sandbagz fr baṛceds in Cyīv on Ʈrzde. Foṭgraf: Yropa Pres Nyz/Yropa Pres/Geti Iṃjz

Ɖs bludi inveźn z trnñ ɖ marć v hisṭri intu a sprint – n it’s nt gwñ Pūćin’z we

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on Frîde 4 Marć 2022)

Ɖ last fy dez hv sìld Ycren’z ples in ɖ globl imaɉneśn – n fr Ruśa, ɖt’s a big probḷm

Jonathan Freedland

Joṇʈn Frīdḷnd, Frîde 4 Marć 2022

Hisṭri hz brocn intu a sprint. Ćenjz ɖt wr imajind t b ɖ wrc v jeṇreśnz, or īvn snć̣riz, hv hapnd in dez. Jioṗliticl śifts huz impact wl indyr fr decedz hv cm in aurz. Ol worz r axelṛnts, bt Vlajīmir Pūćin’z inveźn v Ycren z ri-mcñ ɖ wrld bfr ǎr vri îz.

Start wɖ naśnl îdntti. Ɖ we neśnz si ɖmslvz, n r sìn bî uɖrz, z mnt t b ɖ stuf v īvluśn: slo n grajl, ɖ leyrz add in incrimnts. N yt Ruśa’z brūtl atmt t swolo p its nebr hz ćenjd smʈñ pṛfǎnd in litl mor ɖn a wīc.

Ẃn Pūćin set ǎt hiz ces fr wor, h restd it on ɖ clem ɖt Ycren hd no tṛdiśn v “jenyin stethd”. Ɖt wz gros, bt it btreid a preɉdis ɖt Pūćin dd nt invnt. Loñ bfr ɖ Ruśn eʈnonaśṇlizm v tde, Ycren wz trītd az smʈñ les ɖn a neśn. In ɖ 20ʈ snć̣ri, it wz còt btwn ɖ ttaḷterịnizmz v ɖ ej, sqizd n bludid bî bʈ Natsizm n Bolṣ́vizm. Īvn in p’lît, wstn cumṗni, ɖ vy ɖt it wz mirli a rījn v smẃr els psistd: it livd on, unconśsli phps, in ɖoz hu cōld it “ɖ Ycren”.

Ɖt endd a wīc ago. Ycreńnz hv aqîrd a ny ples in ɖ globl imaɉneśn, az ɖ imbodimnt v ɖ spirit v naśnl indipndns. Olrdi ɖer c’lectiv dfayns n breṿri in ɖ fes v a teṛfayñ menis z ɖ mtirịl v miʈ – baledansrz grabñ rîflz, deṭsayntists digñ trenćz – ɖt wl b wovn intu a naśnl stori Ycreńnz wl tel ɖmslvz fr snć̣riz. Īvn ẃn, fr ɖ rest v ɖ wrld, ɖt fedz intu hisṭri, wn fact wl b left: ɖ unśec̣bl cnvix́n ɖt Ycren z a neśn, a hoļi “jenyin” wn. Cǎnt ɖt az jst ɖ frst v mni wez in ẃć Pūćin’z miśn hz olrdi dfitd itslf.

Sm v ɖ uɖrz r hoļi unixpctd. Az rīsntli az a fortnît ago, ćeisnd bî its past, Jrṃni’z setld pziśn wz ɖt it wd ple no part in a wor in Yṛp. Nǎ, hêlñ a “trnñpônt in ɖ hisṭri v ǎr continnt,” Jrṃni’z ćanslr z sndñ misîlz n antitanc wepnz t hlp Ycren, n masivli incrisñ Brlin’z dfnșpendñ. Ɖr wz a tîm ẃn ɖ prospect v a riarmd Jrṃni wd hv snt tremrz ʈru Yṛp n bynd. Bt ɖs wīc ɖ bstselñ Izreli historịn Yuval Noa Harari cōld Jrmn līdrśp in ɖ cuṛnt fît agnst Ruśn agreśn “ɖ bst atonmnt” fr Natsi crîmz. Ɖs wz no tîm t b ńtṛl or t ste on ɖ sîdlînz, Harari sd: “Ẃt w nīd fṛm Jrṃni z t stand tōl n līd.”

Brlin’z brec fṛm nirli et decedz v postwar rstrent z phps ɖ most concrīt xampl v a fnominn viẓbl ʈrt Yṛp n acrs ɖ Atlantic. Aftr mni yirz spent contmpletñ its ǒn dclîn n dce, ɖ wst hz rīdiscuvrd smʈñ lîc prîd n prṗs. Fr ol its mni flwz n wel-dokmntd felñz, it hz bn rmîndd ɖt its brand v frīdm n dmocṛsi z prefṛbl t ɖ oltrṇtiv: ɖ tiṛni n opreśn mȉtd ǎt bî Pūćin, ẃɖr in ɖ form v bomz renñ dǎn on Ycreńn sviłnz or gagz acrs ɖ mǎɖz n blîndfoldz acrs ɖ îz v Ruśn sitiznz. Ovr ɖ last 10 dez, ɖoz hu ʈt Nato wz a cold wor anacṛnizm hv bn gvn a rfreśrcors in ẃ it wz invntd n ẃ it wz nesṣri: t pṛtct fri neśnz fṛm a mîti agresr.

Ɖ sem gz fr ɖ Yṛpiyn Yńn. Brítnz, ispeṣ́li, cem t asośiet ɖ YY wɖ tred at bst, petifogñ byrocṛsi at wrst. Ẃn ɖ YY wún ɖ Nobel pīsprîz in 2012, mni scraćt ɖer hedz wɖ incomprihnśn. Wel, ɖr’z no xks fr baflmnt nǎ. Pūćin hz jogd ǎr meṃriz ɖt ɖ YY wz fǎndd ǎt v ɖ cnvix́n ɖt ɖ onli fyćr fr a continnt ɖt hd bn at ɖ sntr v tū wrldworz in 30 yirz wz t cm tgɖr: t śer sovṛnti rɖr ɖn t cil fr it. Ɖ sît v a cāci-clad Volodimir Zelensci sînñ Ycren’z rqst t jôn ɖ YY, īvn az Ruśn forsz aproćt, demnstretd agn ɖt fr Yṛpiynz, ɖ YY hz olwz bn abt sefti n pīs. Hǎ śemñ t ʈnc v ɖ Yrosceptics hu pritndd ɖ YY wz sm cnd v foṛn okpayr, rfŕñ t it az ɖ “YYSSR”. Hǎ śemñ t ʈnc ɖt ɖ Britiś contṛbyśn t ɖs nobl postwar îdiyl wz t abandn it.

Īvn ɖ we w ʈnc v hisṭri hz ćenjd ovr ɖz last fy dez. Loñ dsdend hz bn eni anaḷsis ɖt plesz tù mć weit on ɖ rǒl v indivijlz: in ples v ɖ “gret-man ʈiyri” v hisṭri, scolrz wr mnt t foc̣s on ɖ dīpr, imprsnl forsz, ɖ tectonic śifts ɖt md ɖ ax́nz v ɖs or ɖt hymn biyñ v secnḍri importns. N yt, most nǎ agri ɖt “Ruśa” hz no brnñ aṗtît t sīz Ycren; fy ordnri Ruśnz r ićñ t brñ hel n hartec t ɖer nebrz nxt dor. Ɖs wor z instd ɖ ẃim v wn, poṣbli crezd, man. Fr ol ɖ aurz spent n ñc spild aṇlîzñ ɖ jiopoḷtics v Ruśa n its rījn, ẃt it cmz dǎn t z Pūćin’z yrnñ fr pǎr n fr a ples in hisṭri, t b rmembrd alñsd Pītr ɖ Gret. Bcz v wn indivijl n hiz strenj sîc̣lojicl nīd, a miłn ppl r olrdi refyjīz n hol sitiz r smolḍrñ ruinz.

Standñ agnst him z a man hu hz inspîrd hiz neśn n wún adṃreśn arnd ɖ wrld. Phps Ycren wd hv hld ǎt no matr hu srvd az its prezidnt. Mbi ɖ wrld’z simṗʈiz wd hv bn arǎzd īvn wɖt a mastr cḿṇcetr in Cyīv, hu in a siriz v śort, plen-spocn spīćz hz artikletd a funḍmntl prínsipl: ɖt ol neśnz hv ɖ rît t dfîn hu ɖe r n dtrmin ɖer ǒn desṭni.

Phps. Bt ɖ prezns v Zelensci, hiz rfyzl t sev hiz ǒn scin or pt himslf frst – “I nīd aḿniśn, nt a rîd” – hz nt onli galvnîzd hiz ǒn ppl. It hz gvn a moṛl claṛti t ɖs momnt. In an unhirǒic ej, h hz bcm a globl hiro n, wɖ Pūćin apaṛntli īgr t ple hiz part az a cartūniśli īvl viḷn, ɖt hz lent ɖs conflict a simpliṣti ɖt wl īẓli b dsmist az simplistic, bt hz gret pǎr ol ɖ sem.

Nn v ɖs z eni cumḟt t ɖ faṃliz in besmnts, fr ɖ ćildṛn wɖt faɖrz. It dz’nt hlp ɖm f hisṭri hz pict p its tmpo. Lîc ol victimz v wor, ɖe wont nʈñ mor ɖn fr hisṭri t līv ɖm alon – n let ɖm liv.

• Joṇʈn Frīdḷnd z a Gardịn coḷmnist

Instroduction to Ñspel

05/03/2022

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