Sebastian Mallaby: Can the West Muster the Will to Face Down Russia?

From a Washington Post column by Sebastian Mallaby headlined “Can the West muster the will to face down Russia?”:

Russia has oil, gas, nickel and palladium. But its most strategic commodity is a capacity for suffering. Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine because he thought the West was soft. He is betting that Russia can absorb more pain than decadent democracies will tolerate.