Morning Jolt: Biden’s Toothless Response to the State-Run Hijacking in Belarus

On the menu today: President Biden issues a — sigh — "tough" statement against the Belarusian state-run hijacking of an Irish airliner, pledges to "develop appropriate options to hold accountable those responsible," and follows the European lead. Meanwhile, the lab-leak-theory party gets larger.

Belarus and the Weak, Toothless, 'International Order'

Americans don't spend a lot of time thinking about Belarus. It's been ruled by a Vladimir Putin and Russia-aligned dictatorship for more than a quarter century. As the Editors characterized it with appropriate scare quotes last summer, Alexander Lukashenko "won" his latest "election" on August 9 by "80 percent." They summarized, "he quickly turned Belarus — which had enjoyed democracy for a scant three years — into a personal fief. He took control of the courts, the banks, the universities, and so on. The Belarusian intelligence agency works for him, strictly. Charmingly, it is the only such agency in the post–Soviet ...

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Biden's Toothless Response to the State-Run Hijacking in Belarus

On the menu today: President Biden issues a — sigh — "tough" statement against the Belarusian state-run hijacking of an Irish airliner, pledges to "develop appropriate options to hold accountable those responsible," and follows the European lead. Meanwhile, the lab-leak-theory party gets larger.

Belarus and the Weak, Toothless, 'International Order'

Americans don't spend a lot of time thinking about Belarus. It's been ruled by a Vladimir Putin and Russia-aligned dictatorship for more than a quarter century. As the Editors characterized it with appropriate scare quotes last summer, Alexander Lukashenko "won" his latest "election" on August 9 by "80 percent." They summarized, "he quickly turned Belarus — which had enjoyed democracy for a scant three years — into a personal fief. He took control of the courts, the banks, the universities, and so on. The Belarusian intelligence agency works for him, strictly. Charmingly, it is the only such agency in the post–Soviet ...   READ MORE

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