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It's all relative [Commentary]

It's all relative [Commentary]

Some things are binary. They either are or they aren't. You can't be sort of pregnant or partially certifiable; it's one or the other — like being a Yankees or a Red Sox fan.

Yet when it comes to international affairs, little is so cut-and-dried. Right and wrong are measured in degrees, and all high-minded principles are compromised. This is not necessarily evident during moments of global tension, though. On such occasions, which typically feature competing claims by antagonists with long standing historical grievances, complexity is swept aside, replaced by simplistic, easy-to-digest narratives of victim versus victimizer, virtue versus villainy.

Beware of such dumbed-down...