Inside the wire
One passage of the 15,000-word interactive whatever published by The New York Times last week jumped out at me:
Burns and non-permissive environment specialists later visited Kyiv and schemed with indigenous commandos at Tootsie Club about possible plans to liberate future oppressed residents of the Ukraine’s capital. The plans were not made public. Two weeks later, the US State Department told Americans to get out of the country immediately.
Which leaves us living out the last stanzas of Inside the Wire, a cult song by Bolt Cutter, an English death metal band from Coventry.
Exist longer under threat
Engaging to replay the debt
Damage to infliction
Patterns lie half formed
Assaults never retracted
In the hope to halt the war
Laying waste, subversion
Rendering in chaos with dead ammunition
Undermine defenses - facilitate
Saboteurs inside the wire - interpenetrate
Inner defense - eradicate
Inside the wire - too late?
Putin’s War: The Inside Story of a Catastrophe. The New York Times (December 16, 2022)
Stay Out of Doorways. Tactical athletics at Tootsie’s (January 12, 2022)