Taken together, the quotations represent opposite potential outcomes to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
If the kinetic war is allowed to escalate, Ukraine will likely find itself outgunned by Russia, owner of the world’s largest nuclear arsenal
. Given enough time, Russia’s superior military could overpower Ukrainian forces, no matter how badly Western sanctions hurt the Russian people.
Alternately, Ukraine and the rest of the West can offer Russia a golden bridge to exit the conflict by throwing its weight behind the alternative financial system, which offers an equal playing field to everyone. As circumstance would have it, President Biden was scheduled to release an executive order on crypto the same week the war started, which looks like it pushed back the announcement to this week.
A transition to the digital financial system by China, Russia, and the West would mean that the US would lose the unilateral power to inflict financial damage on other countries, but could result in fairer and more peaceful relations in the long run.
Though the fog of war is thick, a few things are clear so far: crypto allows individuals to exert greater influence on the direction of conflict, and the overwhelming majority of the world’s population desires peace. As crypto restores power to the people, we can hope and act toward a future with less war.