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This month marks 65 years since the successful conclusion of the Berlin Airlift, and the anniversary has provided supporters of a tougher U.S. line on Ukraine a useful analogy. The U.S. resupplied Berlin in 1948-49, the argument runs — why can’t it offer Kiev more support today?

Probably it could; possibly it should; but first it’s important that we understand the lessons of history.

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