A Six Year Old’s view of Geopolitics

A week ago Stella asked me, “Daddy, why is China fighting Ukraine?”

I told her, “No, China isn’t fighting Ukraine. Russia is fighting Ukraine.”

She thought for a moment and she asked, “Russia wants to take over Ukraine?”

After I answered in the affirmative she asked, “If Ukraine wins the war, does that mean they get to take over Russia?”

After I let her know that wasn’t the case, I did think about how it certainly seems fair play. If losing means losing your country, shouldn’t winning mean that you win the other’s country? And there have certainly been wars like that in the past, but I don’t think any modern wars have followed that pattern.