observing the war
… while praying for peace.
More death and destruction ahead, as Putin throws more and more men and material into his “special military operation” in Ukraine. How long he will keep this murderous madness going is something maybe not even Vladimir Putin knows, but his quota of bodybags and urns does not seem to have been filled yet.
Despite all warnings, few people thought what we see now could take place in Europe in this century. And yet, here we are,
having to observe the most brutal, primitive and bloody forms for war the human race can come up with being replayed.* History repeats itself in the worst ways imaginable…
Wonder how high the cost for humanity to pay will be this time around, before the murderers are halted and forced back to where they belong.
Reality is a bitch sometimes, but there is little room for pretty words as the number of innocent victims rise, and the stench
of decomposing corpses in the streets and under debris from bombed-out structures becomes overwhelming.
No need to be religious, or to direct prayers towards any particular deity, to pray for this unjust attack on
a sovereign nation and murder of its citizens, to end. Any set of reasons, forms, and directions of ones prayers to end the
cruelty, is better than being indifferent to what has already been called “genocide”.* *
The crime of destroying or conspiring to destroy a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group.
source: The Free Dictionary
Many are pretty clear in their language when describing their reactions and relations to Putin and Russia
… we must note that if the Kremlin tries to silence you,
yes, then you do something right, says Agnés Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International.
auto-translated, source: AmnestyPress article
As of today, our countries are on different sides of world
history. Russia has embarked on a path of evil, but Ukraine is defending itself & won't give up its freedom no matter what Moscow thinks.
— NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL JENS STOLTENBERG
source: QUOTES-Russia invades Ukraine: Political, military leaders' reactions
When our wishes for peace clash with the reality of war, we may have to “adjust” our wishes accordingly. Being naive does not
protect against bullets and bombs, and the Ukrainean army is in immediate need of weapons and other supplies.
If increased military resistance against the Russian invasion forces is what it takes to reverse and end this war, then that is what I personally pray for.
whole truth and nothing but…
Oh, forget it. Reasons may vary, but no-one in their right mind in main stream media or other more-or-less official information channels on either side will tell “the whole” of anything in the midst of a “special military operation”, war, or whatever anyone chooses to name what the Russians are doing in Ukraine, even if they knew. Other news sources – on sosial media and alike – can not be expected to get any closer to the truth either in what they serve.*
We are left with tiny bits and pieces of potentially accurate information, regardless of
what sources we rely on. The rest is mainly opinions, propaganda, disinformation, deceptions, lies, and
For us outsiders it pays to wait for confirmations – or at least something very close to that – before drawing conclusions based on reports in media. We are not exposed to Russian bullets, grenades and bombs – yet, and can allow ourselves the luxury of waiting for correct(ed) information from the battle fields. Just get those heavy defense weapons into the able hands of the Ukrainean army ASAP – preferably last week or month, and keep the supplies coming.
Some may find it worthwhile to study what lead up to Putin's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 – goes back decades*, while others may choose to focus entirely on what takes place right now. It is all there, somewhere, as more or less open and accessible documentation on the internet.
History always makes for interesting reads, and reading about how despots like Putin came to power is no exception.
Listing up and learning about the many who helped him getting to where he is now, and their reasoning, is no less
Analysts are already working overtime at explaining away how, and why, they and national leaders everywhere could get it so wrong. 20/20 hindsight is a bitch.
As pr. mid May 2022, it looks like all Putin's intentions with his “special military operation” in Ukraine, have backfired. Nato may get new member states and become stronger, while Russia is getting weaker. May turn into a war of attrition, with lots of human and material damage and no real military gains.
Being a remote observer to what is best characterized as indiscriminate murder, is unpleasant to say the least. All the expected reactions bubble up, with nowhere to go but to the keyboard on a laptop computer. Not worth much, I know, but real-world options are limited.
Almost fifty years since I entered an army and put on a uniform, and I'm too old and worn out by now to do much good in any
army even if I wanted to – and I don't. Understanding the senselessness of war, and the necessity of
protecting peace with all means available, will have to do.
I still have faith in prayers though.
last rev: 21.may.2022