In the UK and the US, the invasion of Ukraine has led to a dispute about geopolitics, and the wrong side might be winning. The contenders are Henry Kissinger and the Skibbereen Eagle. In 1898, the editor of that newspaper, one Frederick Potter, warned the Czar of all the Russias that the Eagle had its eye on him. Potter enjoyed wagging his finger at emperors: a harmless pursuit, in those days when his freedom of speech was guaranteed by the British Empire and the Royal Navy.