It is appropriate that Ukraine becomes the first test of what could become the Biden Doctrine of nonviolent resistance to bullies on the world stage. Ukraine was celebrated in 2014 for sending its authoritarian ruler packing after an 88-day campaign of nationwide protest. Now Biden is targeting Russian banks, computers, oligarchs and a pipeline to keep that fledgling democracy free. Sanctions are nothing new, but this time military violence has been renounced, while escalating economic chokeholds have been announced. Vladimir Putin has been offered face-saving ways to back down. The American people, and the world, need to be educated that the struggle will take time. But if this works, it can set a pattern for protecting freedom wherever it gains a foothold around the globe. – Fletcher Farrar, editor

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Fletcher Farrar

Fletcher Farrar is president of Illinois Times .

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