Ukraine Needs More Than Perfect Heroes to Defeat Russia

Ukraine Needs More Than Perfect Heroes to Defeat Russia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy poses for a photo with soldiers after attending a national flag-raising ceremony in recently liberated Izium, Ukraine, Sept. 14, 2022 (AP photo by Leo Correa).

When books are written and movies made about moments of extraordinary historical change, the narratives that take shape focus on acts of heroism. But not every citizen whose support a democracy needs to survive is a hero. There will also be quite a few people whose commitment to a cause—or moral compass—is shaky.

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