We were being bullied.
We were being violated.
We were being raped.
That’s how I felt about the situation in Canada this past month as trucker convoys and various hangers-on held the citizens of this country hostage with blockades at our borders and a massive occupation of our capital city of Ottawa.
I didn’t sleep well on many nights. I feared for my country, and I knew it might never be the same again. I’m pretty sure it has left me with some degree of PTSD. At a time when we should have all been cheering as we emerge from the pandemic, the convoy protests slapped us back down again.
And just as police forces finally got the protests in Canada under control, Vladimir Putin and his cronies started raping the world through an invasion of their peaceful neighbour, Ukraine, with implied threats of nuclear war if the West tried to intervene.
Yes, the people of Ukraine are being bullied, violated and raped by Vladimir Putin and his minions. The Ukrainian people are feeling the worst of it. But the whole world is being affected. Putin is slapping down humanity.
Nuclear war is probable now. Putin’s “sense of reality,” as one article put it in The Guardian, is being questioned. He appears to be suffering from mental illness. He may think he can win a limited nuclear war, analysts are saying. And as the West ramps up sanctions against Russia, Putin may feel he has nothing to lose. Humanity seems to be expendable to him.
Ultimately, of course, it won’t end well for Vladimir Putin. He is No.1 on the world’s list of Most Wanted criminals, dead or alive. But he may leave civilization in ruins by the time he takes his last breath.
I suspect that it will be the Russian people who will rout him out of the Kremlin in the end. They might jam up the streets around him with convoy-like protests, and the military would be loathe to kill vast numbers of their own people.
Putin’s rape of Ukraine is the beginning of the end for him, and it’s a grave of his own making. He didn’t have to be so mean. He could have been a nice guy and brought love to the world — and been loved in return.
Click, click . . .
We are not brought into existence by chance nor thrown up into earth-life like wreckage cast along the shore, but are here for infinitely noble purposes.— Katherine Tingley
I just read some good news. Some Russian soldiers on the ground are surrendering to Ukrainian military forces. They are saying that “they didn’t know they were here to kill Ukrainians”. They were told that theirs was a peacekeeping mission to protect Ukrainians from a rogue government and forces from the West. Many, many Russians have family in the Ukraine, so it might be likely that more of the occupation troops will surrender rather than possibly kill family members.
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If it’s true, this is good news, Steve. I sure hope so.
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If the Ukraine and Russia have the close bonds that Putin insists, there will be no appetite for war among the Russian troops. There is a lot, of families across the Russo-Ukraine border.
I don’t believe Putin plans to destroy anything of great economic value in Ukraine. The Czar wants to enrich the Russian Empire from the economy of a vassal state.
The Ukrainian issue is obviously a devastating tragedy on many level’s.
It’s deeply confusing and convoluted on each of those levels .
Most of us, sadly, have no influence over
any positive outcome. Apart from a sense of human sadness and profound fear I have no idea what to do,
But, I do know a few things… all of us know the same things and while it could go without saying, I need to say it..
-I am a realistic optimist..
-I believe in the indelible human spirit..
-I believe in the inherent goodness of our human soul…
-I believe in the intrinsic, enormous, uncountable, simple strength of our humanity in every way…
-This is not 1939, this deranged mad man
is coming from the east.
Most importantly, I believe in the ability of the omnipresent, modern electronic communication networks to disseminate
truth and honesty.
I believe in the strength, courage, dedication and tenacity of all our journalists and the Ukrainian patriots to use these networks to keep the truth alive and to support the spirit.