did not see it coming
… despite all predictions.
After decades of lining politics in the western world up behind some absurd ideas about sane and
cooperating nations, in a few days all has been turned 180°.
As history repeats itself in the worst way imaginable, it is as if most of the world's leaders have been brutally woken up from their very own make-believe dreams, to a whole range of horrible nightmares. Nightmares from a past that “those in position” again and again have assured us could only be found in history books, TV-documentaries and war-movies in these days and age, is now a reality we all have to deal with – directly or remotely.
The brutal war that is going on in Eastern Europe right now, was predicted for months, and the build-up to it had gone on for
years – at least since Putin annexed Crimea.*
Despite that, it has been more or less “business as usual” in the
west all the way up to, and even after, Putin's latest invasjon of Ukraine. It is as if the
western leaders thought, or chose to pretend, that they were in total control of the situation. Clearly
they were not.
Our western leaders are rarely ever well prepared for handling real crises as and when they happen.
Imaginary crises of their own making* seem to suit them better.
So also this time.
Thus, most of the initial crises-handling has been left to people at ground levels this time around too, and so far all involved in saving lives and properties seem to have done their very best.
Most noticeable for us on the outside of the conflict, is the strong and growing anger and resistance against Putin's invasion shown by the Ukrainean population. The will of a people to fight invaders with any means available and then some, may be the hardest nut for Putin's military forces to crack – they may never succeed.
Tying up, bogging down and tiring out occupying forces, and never let the aggressor rest anywhere, is something we in Norway know well from our own history. I applaud the Ukrainean people's tenacity and fighting spirit, and only wish we could do more to support them – both military and otherwise.
The ordinary civilians are the ones taking the highest risks and burdening the highest cost, as in all armed conflicts. They are
the victims of all the atrocities that are and are not being reported. They are the ones being raped, murdered, starved, trapped and crushed
under structures, and driven from their homes.
The innocent children, the sick, the elderly, and all others who have done nothing to deserve the terror and killing. They are the ones losing their loved ones, and their own lives. No justification…
Ukraine is a sovereign state*, and should
be left alone to run itself the way its own population choose. Attacking such a state by military force is plain wrong,
regardless of what anyone anywhere – including Putin – may think or say about the matter.
There are other, and far less deadly, ways to deal with political disagreements between nations.
May seem misplaced to mention in the midst of a war, but how it could come to such a sorry situation can,
as always, be traced back to failed/collapsed leaderships on all sides all over the world. The following expands on that very
1:When somewhat sane people try to foresee more or less insane people's
future actions and inactions, they will always be too late and unfocused in their reactions to do much about it until they are left
with few or no choices. History is full of examples.
While I would not give much for the amount of sanity one may have been able to observe in the leading circles in western societies in later years – decades even, even they should have been able to observe and interpret the by now almost total lack of same in the midst of certain circles outside theirs, and prepare accordingly. How wrong one can be…
2:As sanity and intelligence do not have to come in balanced amounts
in individuals, one can have lots of one and none of the other, and vice versa and anywhere in between. May make sorting
out who to trust or not in which area and profession, slightly complicated.
As leaders avoid what seems complicated as much and as often as the next guy, taking the easy way out is more the norm than the exception in politics/business. That such a practice tends to backfire more often than not, means leaders have to become experts at deflecting blame and offloading the problems they cause onto others, in order to survive as individuals in power. In times like this such self-preservation policies lead nowhere.
Who that actually are in control of what, and of who, in world wide politics, is always up to interpretation. By not accepting that any of the official interpretations we are being presented with is anywhere near being the correct one, you will at least not have to be sorry that you believed in any of the official lies/lines.
Beyond that, just remember that not a single one of the world's leaders in any field or state, have any god-given qualifications for their positions. They ride solely on their personal ambitions, arrogance, and the loyalty, ambitions and qualifications of their supporters, all of which can become pretty fragile and right out ugly if/when situations turn bad. Good leaders lead by example. Bad leaders lead by force and lies.
Late March 2022:
Millions have fled to neighboring countries and further into Europe, and more millions are displaced inside Ukraine.*
Many are staying, or returning across the borders, to fight back against the Russian invaders anyway they can – with and without arms.
We all know who has the most bombs and other destructive hardware. We also see the damage the Russian armed forces have inflicted on small and large communities, clearly with little to no regard for civilian lives. Artillery ammunition and “dumb bombs” do not discriminate well between “legal” and “illegal” millitary targets.
This is not a war to be won by anyone, no matter how long it drags out. There are only losers, on all sides and far beyond.
Early April 2022:
As the Russian armed forces withdraw from areas around the Ukrainean capitol*, and apparently are repositioning to within and around Eastern and Southern parts of Ukraine, they leave behind wrecked and mined land, destroyed structures, and bodies of killed civilians laying around.* *
How many who have been killed and burned beyond recognition, is unknown. Some say dozens, others say hundreds. One day we may know the numbers, the names of most, and also who did it to them.
So many cases of potential war crimes to investigate, horrible stories from eyewitnesses to verify, and bodies to bury. This is the dreadful reality of the most unrestricted, cruel, and unlawful, form of war, executed by the russian invasion forces.* * * *
Collecting and verifying information related to war crimes in the midst of an ongoing war, is important, and
difficult. That the number and types of “onlookers” have grown over the years, helps a lot, but we will still have to
wait for the work to be done, stage by stage, case by case.* *
Will take years.
In the mean time: there's a war to end.*
Status pr. 8.April.2022:
Bodies of people killed earlier being prepared for burial in one area*, as more people are being killed in other areas.*
An unknown number of civilians killed and wounded after 44 days of war, and the one behind the Russian invasion of Ukraine shows no signs of letting up on his “special military operation”.
The world is slowly waking up to reality. Let us just hope it isn't too late to reverse the worst effects of the madness.
Finding news sources that are covering the ongoing war in Ukraine, is no problem. Finding sources that can be trusted to present
factually correct information, can be a challenge though.
Personally, I focus on checking the quality of each piece of information itself anyway I can, for as long as I need to, to be reasonable sure that I got it right. Names of sources carry no guaranties.
Those who want actual news updates better access as many MSM outlets as technically
possible, to make sure they can balance out the information and get the complete picture.
So much unverified information, desinformation, fake stuff and lies* being released across a multitude of media outlets, that it pays to be critical and selective in ones news gathering, especially during wars and “special military operations”.*
I try to make sure that what few details I include about what goes on in this conflict, are correct. Image- and news-sources vary, but all bits and pieces used by me, are deemed good and reliable.
I will not, and can not, take a neutral stance regarding the ongoing war in Ukraine. The death and destruction caused by Putin's armed forces is unacceptable, and until it is halted and the Russian armed forces are permanently removed from Ukrainean soil, there is nothing worth discussing on the matter the way I see it.
last rev: 10.apr.2022