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Editorial: Reality knocked in 2022, and this year we must open the door to change

From the war in Ukraine to the protests in Iran, we in the West must back those struggling for truth, justice and liberty

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky is pictured in the town of Bucha last April: Zelensky’s courage, and that of all Ukrainians, has redefined leadership, and is an everlasting rebuke to Putin’s cynicism and cowardice. Picture: Getty

Last year was the year when the blinkers began to fall from our eyes. It was the year reality knocked at the door. It was the year values such as common sense and uncommon courage exposed the charlatans and despots and pointed out the war criminals. Even the concept of value itself, which was lost in a sea of hype, became respectable again.

Last year was the year we rediscovered that we are here, as ...