The archbishop of Canterbury has said there must be “no way we force peace” in Ukraine.
Justin Welby added that the need for support is going to be “very long term”, the Press Association reported.
Asked what he learned from his visit to the war-torn country, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:
First of all, the need for solidarity and support for Ukraine.
And secondly, that there must be no way in which we force peace on Ukraine or they’re put under pressure. Third, that the need for support is going to be very long term.
Pressed on whether he meant, in some cases, war is the right course, he said:
Peace is always better than war. But there are times when justice demands that there is the defeat of what we call, the archbishop of York and I called when it started, an evil invasion. And I don’t regret saying that.
Ukraine is the victim here, we can’t slip back to a 1938 Czechoslovakia, sort of people far away of whom we know little situation. There has to be real resilience.
Exactly what sort of resilience is our Archbishop invoking? I'll bet a prayer to a penny that it isn't the same sort of resilience that he is requiring of Ukrainians. Not even in the same league.
There's the ever-so comfortable and smug resilience of those like Welby and all the panjandrums of power in the West - and the resilience required of Ukrainians who are picking up the limbs and torsos to reassemble into something resembling a human being, before burying them in some cold wet hole with so many others. That's the sort of resilience that isn't resilience at all, its humanity reduced to ruin and despair, to its most debased animalian existence.
God save us all.