“You’re alone.” (Further thoughts on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine)

Just saw breaking news that Moldova and Georgia have filed applications to join the European Union. This coming just a few days after Ukraine made its own urgent application to join. Not to mention on the heels of an ever-lengthening list of sanctions, condemnations, and actions taken by non-state entities (like Disney, Boeing, BP) against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

You know what this reminds me of? That scene at the end of 12 Angry Men, where the bad-tempered messenger service guy is finally completely isolated from the rest of the jurors and painfully, angrily alone in his insistence on a guilty verdict. Just replace Lee J. Cobb with Putin and all the other jurors with the rest of the world. Not a perfect comparison there, but I sense something similar in the way Lee J. Cobb lashes out from the impossible corner he’s boxed himself into.

Henry Fonda handles Cobb’s capitulation so beautifully, from his calm declaration of checkmate (“You’re alone.”) to the compassionate moment where he takes Cobb’s jacket from the hanger and helps him into it just before leaving the jury room.

I sure hope there’s a Henry Fonda out there capable of guiding Lee J. Cobb toward both correct verdict and final exit.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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2 Responses to “You’re alone.” (Further thoughts on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine)

  1. Phil Rosen says:

    I do love 12 Angry Men–and i hope you are right. Its high tension overseas now, hopefuly it resolves soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. MELewis says:

    Sadly I fear the role has not been cast! And while I can understand the desire of the Ukraine and others to join the EU, it may only back this dangerous man further into his corner and closer to an irreversible action.

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