Final Word from Thursday, March 24, 2022

It's settled law, to use a legal term, that Vladimir Putin started his war against the West nearly a decade ago with the annexation of Crimea, or even before that with the attack on Georgia. It's also settled law that the West made the mistake of not recognizing it sooner and of not taking appropriate action. "We should have seen it coming," say the politicians. PM Petr Fiala and the other heads of Nato states will meet in Brussels today to strengthen the eastern flank. On the western front, a different aggressor has been attacking since 2008. That's when central banks started flooding the economies of the West with new dollars, euros and other currencies. The Czech National Bank used its own form of quantitative easing starting in 2013 to pump the equivalent of about two state budgets into the economy, thereby creating conditions for today's high inflation. Now that the world economy is moving toward recession, due in part to the war on the eastern front, the aggressors on the western front are launching interest-rate rockets. If Putin's bombs don't get us, theirs will. "We should have seen it coming," the politicians will say. [ Czech Republic Ukraine war devaluation crown ]

Glossary of difficult words

settled law - a law or legal decision that is so well-established that it is no longer subject to reasonable dispute;

flank - the right or left side of a body of people such as an army, naval force or soccer team;

quantitative easing - the introduction of new money into the money supply by a central bank.

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