Keep the Pressure on Putin
Mr. Putin’s brand of nationalism has eerie similarities to radical Islamism. He animates followers by promising to reconquer lost lands and restore past glory. He gives them an instant sense of purpose as guardians of their tribe’s power vis-à-vis the West. He makes clear that tribal interests trump international norms. Chillingly but predictably, this leads to a “loose army of avengers” similar to the self-styled defenders of the Prophet Muhammad. Having suffered firsthand from radical Islamism, Russians should be wary of adopting its playbook.