Money knows no emotion and, sometimes, even less morality.
There was a cruel irony at play last week as surging commodity markets propelled Australian shares just as a previously unthinkable horror rained down over a nation helpless to stop the onslaught of its much bigger and more powerful neighbour.
As more than a million mostly women and children fled Ukraine to Poland and other NATO countries while the men stayed behind to fight, the world plunged deeper into a malaise that bore all the hallmarks of a macabre re-run of the events of a century ago.
Eight decades have passed since the last great global conflagration, interspersed with regional and bilateral conflicts of varying scale.
But the hope 30 years ago that the world finally had been brought together by common goals of peace and prosperity now seems to have evaporated.
Peace has been shattered with four great…