Mr. Biden has drawn his red line at defending “every inch” of NATO territory. On CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said, “if there is a military attack on NATO territory, it would cause the invocation of Article Five, and we would bring the full force of the NATO alliance to bear in responding to it.”
But what about a chemical attack inside Ukraine? Mr. Sullivan was much less definitive about that. How about a siege of cities that kills thousands? Like it or not, the Russian brutality that the West is tolerating in Ukraine is rewriting the rules of what countries can get away with in the 21st century. Mr. Putin can do what he likes as long as he keeps within the outlines of Ukrainian territory.
No one wants a broader war. But as Russia escalates, Mr. Biden and NATO had better be prepared to fight one. A reckless or desperate Mr. Putin may give them no choice.
It should be unbearable to us to see the images from Ukraine. I certainly do not want things to escalate, but they are. Please, if you are the praying sort, seriously pray that Putin does not use chemical or nuclear weapons on Ukrainians. It’s such evil, and we can do more than watch the images. Beg Heaven for someone to hold back his hand.