Now that physical punishment has been banned, options for disciplining children are limited to shaming on the naughty step, loud denunciation or denial of privileges — no treats for the youngsters and grounding for teenagers.

So it is in international relations. NATO nations are reluctant to be drawn militarily into a conflict in Ukraine, so in spite of the existential stakes for that European nation, the Russian aggressor faces from us merely denunciation and punishment by sanctions.

Now that physical punishment has been banned, options for disciplining children are limited to shaming on the naughty step, loud denunciation or denial of privileges — no treats for the youngsters and grounding for teenagers.