Listen to a reading of this article: A new article for The Irish Times by Virginia Tech professor Gerard Toal, titled "Ukraine risks being locked into endless war in bid for perfect peace," contains a very interesting paragraph: Ordinary Ukrainians on the front lines are divided on a ceasefire and negotiations. My Ukrainian colleague Karina Korostelina and I surveyed the attitudes of both residents and displaced persons in three Ukrainian cities close to the southeast battlefields this summer. Almost half agreed it was imperative to seek a ceasefire to stop Russians killing Ukraine’s young men. Slightly more supported negotiations with Russia on a complete ceasefire, with a quarter totally against and a fifth declaring themselves neutral. Respondents were torn when considering whether saving lives or territorial unity were more important to them. Those most touched by the war, namely the internally displaced, were more likely to prioritise saving lives. Other research reveals that those farthest from the battlefields have the most hawkish attitudes.
anyone with a Ukraine flag in their social media bios should be sent to the front lines immediately
My Ukrainian contacts, including the nominally pro-regime voices, report that any less than full-on war fever is a good way to get a visit from the secret police, with all that those words entail.
Having read yet another incisive indictment of Anglosphere perversion, I am hard pressed to figure out who is more of a despicable coward - the NAFO trolls of the North identified here, or that special breed, originating from the United States of Arseholes who operate remote controlled drones out of Rammstein. Putin cannot be criticised for his resolve in protecting his nation from the influence of these perverts and psychopaths. And people like Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky who persist in branding Putin the 'brutal criminal' should shut the fuck up.
Our moral tradition includes:
Do not kill
Treat others the way you would like to be treated
Love your enemies
Many consider war a necessary evil
I could agree if we remove "a necessary"
I understand the need to defend and therefore have the means to do that
However, most wars are about greed and power
They are evil
The instigators are engaged in evil behavior
The foundation of empires is built on evil invading
and killing and stealing
Colonialism is evil
History glorifying war and conquest as written by western (or any) civilization is all about justifying evil
Well at least she mentioned London this time because that's where 75% of the responsibility lies. And I mean for everything--training of Azov Battalion nazis, NAFO Twitter bros, sabotage on the battlefield as well as in diplomatic circles. Isn't it interesting how Jeremy Corbyn had to travel to America to talk about a ceasefire? It's because that topic has been banned in Britain, even from the left!
This war could have been prevented and Biden and his administration could have negotiated way back in March. Instead they sent arms and puffed up their bravado that Zelenski was a freedom fighter for all of us . What a joke and bad boomerang this will turn out to be for the ever rallying cries of the neocons. No, the “Russia, Russia,Russia” narrative over the last nth years is a worn out refrain. And what is even worse is the fact that it’s dangerous and has hurt us all. Going back to the table and reordering, reforming, and/or reaffirming the Minsk agreements would have/and will have a much better outcome for all the regular citizens of Ukraine as well as Russia. Remember these people maybe just chessmen for corrupt leaders with no integrity roaming in both NATO and Eastern corrupted systems of old. Just stop this insanity and settle this sandbox fight before it becomes worse. We’ve lost enough lives.
The same thing happened with covid. While "unvaxxed" nurses and first responders (and basically blue collar workers) were engaged in the battle, the zoom crowd blue check mark heroes were safely ensconced at home screaming for mandates while bravely nursing their coffee cups.
Only way to have peace anywhere is to get USA and UK out of the cabal. Those two 'empires' feed on conflict, both domestically and as foreign policy. And when we want comments from some with military background, Colonel Douglas McGregor and Intelligence Officer Scott Ritter seems to be among the few that come across as people with integrity and intelligence. Somehow these traits seem to be lost when getting into the higher ranks! David Petraeus is a posterboy for the inset of idiocy, dishonesty and greed.
Any adult that seriously uses the terms “good guys” and “bad guys” when not speaking with a child is a nuanceless moron.
There is no way to peace; peace is the way. The only politician I hear seriously calling all parties to sit down and talk about this is Putin, who has been at it for many years. The U.S. Empire well knows this yet does all it can to devote its resources to bloodshed and devastation. Is it really too late to even PRETEND that we're sane?
Those farthest away from poor people are the most judgemental.
The closer we come to those classes or groups of people or events we judge the more understanding of what it's about we become.
We begin to sense our common humanity and realize there but for fortune...
When we face that it is all inside each one of us we begin to heal and have compassion for all of us.
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The stuff about cheesepuffs and pornhub....please. Some wars are worth fighting, and advocating. This one may not be. But both sides elsewhere are debating it far from the front lines.
War isn't the worst thing that can happen to you. Genocidal occupation is worse, and most people recognise that. Ask the East Timorese. When a process of imperial expansion - as was the case in the Ukraine - becomes a war of national defence, the politics immediately shift, and become more complex. And not deserving of cheap shots about cheese puffs
No American who was raised here on McDonald's & KFC should EVER be allowed to comment on war and how a war affects HUMAN LIVES!!! Brilliant as usual, Caitlin...".rather than sitting at home eating cheese puffs with one hand and tweeting with the other acting as a pro bono Pentagon propagandist between visits to Pornhub while other people die for your cause"
It's true that those who have never been at risk of death or dismemberment can blithely call for more violence. They think war is a video game to be played until all your opponents are obliterated and you win a big jackpot for the highest score. It's time we sent these couch potato-wannabe warriors into the middle of the action so they can learn the hard way what the word "war" truly means.