Some commentators – left and right – are convinced that Russia’s new aggressive nationalism is at least to some degree a reaction to the West’s own special kind of aggression. They tell us that Russia has been humiliated by the West and if it had only been treated as a partner, it would have behaved like one.

Cathy Young strongly disagrees. Russia has not been humiliated by anyone, she argues, but a lot of people have been humiliated by Russia:

Don’t Cry for Russia – The world’s unlikeliest “victim.”