It’s the 21st Century, and We are On the Brink of World War III


It was a Thursday evening, and I hadn’t watched the news for a few days. Other things were going on in my life. So, I turned on CNN and what to my startled eyes did appear but a night time scene of a city with explosions in the background.

Journalists were describing what was happening. I sat in shock, and watched, as the journalists described the beginning of Russia’s war on Ukraine. I was in shock for several hours. I didn’t cry; I didn’t feel upset. I was just numb. It was the 21st Century, and Putin was bombing Ukraine? What about those poor Ukrainian people?

I spent hours listening to alll the journalist who were reporting, and watching what my eyes did not want to believe was happening.

When I finally went to bed, I slept off and on, shuddering at the meaning of this War. Russia had nuclear weapon, as did the United States. We had to do something to help Ukrainians, and yet we couldn’t bring Nuclear War to the world.

When we dropped atomic bombs during World War II on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, they completed annihilated the cities and people who lived in them. Both Russia and the United States have many more nuclear weapons now than were used that horrific day in World War II.

There are other countries that have nuclear weapons. That just makes it even more terrifying.

Since that first night of Putin’s war, I have learned some things about the Ukrainian people. They are good, moral people. They are strong, brave and courageous. They believe in their country, and they are not going to roll over and let Putin take it from them.

Ukraine has a military, and yet civilians with no militia training are fighting, standing up to the Russians, risking their lives to keep their independence and the independence of their country.

Actually, Ukraine has continually put up much more resistance than Putin expected, and his own well trained, practiced troops are not fighting with the same zeal and courage of the untrained Ukrainians. I heard on CNN last night a reporter comment on this fact, and then make an interesting point. He said (and I’m paraphrasing) that soldiers will fight for their country, their families, their beliefs, their land, their homes and their freedom. Soldiers will not fight for a megalomaniac. Soldiers will not fight for an authoritarian ruler just because they are commanded to do so; at least, not with any fervor. They will fight out of fear of their leader, though.

Edwin Starr may have said it best, singing a song by Barrett Strong & Norman Whitfield:

Lyrics:

War, Huh, yeah

What is it good for?

Absolutely. nothing, uhh

War, huh, yeah

What is it good for?

Absolutely nothing

Say it again, y’all

War, huh (good God)

What is it good for?

Absolutely nothing, listen to me, oh

War, I despise

‘Cause it means destruction of innocent lives

War means tears to thousand of mother’s eyes

When their sons go off to fight

And lose their lives

I said, war, huh (good God, y’all)

What is it good for?

Absolutely nothing, just say it again, y’all

War (whoa), huh (oh Lord)

What is it good for?

Absolutely nothing, listen to me

I ain’t nothing but a heart-breaker

(War) Friend only to The Undertaker

Oh, war is an enemy to all mankind

The thought of war blows my mind

War has caused unrest

Within the younger generation

Induction then destruction

Who wants to die? Oh

War, huh (good God y’all)

What is it good for?

Absolutely nothing

Say it, say it, say it

War (uh-huh), huh (yeah, huh)

What is it good for?

Absolutely nothing, listen to me

It ain’t nothing but a heart-breaker

(War) it’s got one friend that’s The Undertaker

Oh, war, has shattered many a young man’s dreams

Made him disabled, bitter and mean

.Life is much too short and precious

To spend fighting wars each day

War can’t give life

It can only take it away

War, huh (good God y’all)

What is it good for?

Absolutely nothing, say it again

War (whoa), huh (oh Lord)

What is it good for?

Absolutely nothing, listen to me

It ain’t nothing but a heart-breaker

(War) Friend only to The Undertaker, woo

Peace, love and understanding, tell me

Is there no place for them today?

They say we must fight to keep our freedom

But Lord knows there’s got to be a better way, oh

War, huh (God y’all)

What is it good for? You tell me (nothing)

Say it, say it, say it, say it

War (good God), huh (now, huh)

What is it good for?

Stand up and shout it (nothing)

Namaste

Idealisticrebel

One thought on “It’s the 21st Century, and We are On the Brink of World War III

  1. fgsjr2015 says:

    What we all, i.e. humankind, may need to brutally endure in order to survive the very-long-term from ourselves is an even greater nemesis than our own politics and perceptions of differences — especially those involving skin-color and creed — against which we could all unite, defend, attack and defeat, then greatly celebrate. (Perhaps a multi-tentacled extraterrestrial, like that from the 1996 blockbuster movie Independence Day.)

    During this much-needed human allegiance, we’d be forced to work closely side-by-side together and witness just how humanly similar we are to each other. (Although, I’ve been informed that one or more human parties might actually attempt to forge an allegiance with the ETs to better their own chances for survival, thus indicating that our wanting human condition may be even worse than I had originally thought.)

    Yet, maybe some five or more decades later when all traces of the nightmarish ET invasion are gone, we will inevitably revert to those same politics to which we humans seem so collectively hopelessly prone — including those of scale: the intercontinental, international, national, provincial or state, regional and municipal, etcetera … etcetera.

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