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Can the Conscience of Humanity be Shaken?

Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know that man is here for the sake of other men.

– Albert Einstein

“War denies all fundamental human rights, peace guarantees them and makes respect for them possible by offering the opportunity for men to express themselves and behave freely. No linguistic acrobatics can transform an instrument in the service of death into an operation of peace and life.” – Aldo Delli Paoli

Genocide – Evil – Heinous – Atrocities – Barbarism – Inhumanity

Words that become “linguistic acrobatics” when not acted against

Without RIGHT action .. words become empty .. they lose meaning

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

How noteworthy that this man saw what so many others seemed to not see. Even though the EVIL was being carried out .. right before their eyes.

Most of us get up each day without hearing air raid sirens
Without seeing our communities laid to ruble. ASHES.

.. we go to work
.. our children go to school
.. we eat our meals in peace

From a distance the world watches
They have served their sanctions
They send supplies & weapons
Now they deliberate and WAIT

While in Ukraine: day after hellish day is WAR
Millions of lives in chaos .. everything SHAKEN
Missiles are no respecter of places or persons
Women & children .. grandparents .. the aged
Become soldiers in an army they never joined
Become targets for bombs strategically aimed
Bombs are not like people. They never tell LIES
They KILL with absolute equity .. everyone DIES

I am also praying that this war will shake the conscience of humanity and the theology of the church.

— Taras Dyatlik

How unfortunate to be living in lands

.. where THOUGHT is darkened ..
.. where TYRANNY reigns ..
.. where FEAR paralyzes ..

Puppet leaders want puppet followers

.. who do not understand ..
.. what is happening ..
.. in their land ..

Puppet Presidents command
Puppet troops to burn the land
Puppet fire not puppet flames
Feed on all the puppet games
Puppet lovers .. love their bliss
Can turn away .. from all of this
Puppet leaders shake their heads”

– Leonard Cohen “Puppets”

They wring their hands .. the suffering fled
The atrocities are seen and children are dead
All peoples & nations should such puppets dread

War seems to me a mean, contemptible thing: I would rather be hacked in pieces than take part in such an abominable business. And yet so high, in spite of everything, is my opinion of the human race that I believe this bogey would have disappeared long ago, had the sound sense of the nation’s not been systematically corrupted by greed, commercial and political interests acting through the schools and the press.

— Einstein

The sun comes up every day .. but
How many people see the LIGHT?
Have they forgotten what is right?
They observe the suffering & plight
Do they close their eyes to this sight?

I leave you with a question ..

When is the right time to stand up to EVIL?                       

And a prayer ..

Lord you love those who love what is right
Please help them to “fight the good fight”
Hem them in with holy angles on every side
Behind .. before .. above .. to turn the tide

Billy Graham once said, “We can change the course of events if we go to our knees in believing prayer.”

“We believe in the victory, of life over death .. No matter how fierce the battles are, there is no chance for death to defeat life. Everyone knows that. Every Christian knows that.” – President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a daily video message to the Ukraine people.

Please pray for the people of Ukraine 🙏

Fay Vietmeier
Fay Vietmeierhttps://spillwords.com/author/faymarmalich-vietmeier/
Writers note: “As a writer, I try to listen to what others aren’t saying and write about the silence.” - N.R Hart ...  I’m a “heart-to-heart” communicator. I did not learn this quality in any school .. though think it should be taught. It would transform the world. Mine was discovered during a decade in the desert: a wilderness experience ... “The Lord closed the door” ... I wonder if destiny is forged in moments? There came a moment... I believed. In my heart, a “good deposit” was received. For years I have been following Jesus Christ .. my life is being transformed. The greatest catalyst to abundant life personally & professionally .. is spiritual rebirth. A supernatural transaction: spirit to Spirit. Supernatural LOVE produces supernatural outcomes. Gifts of wisdom ... Creativity ... patient endurance. Eternal life. A career note: After investing 18 years in the world-of-work as a Branch & Region Manager in the staffing industry ... I then worked as a consultant for 10 years .. which eventually led me to the energy industry ... Which led me to establish Aletheia Energy LLC. My heart is toward helping people & sharing knowledge. I am an advocate for my clients. ... I collaborate with commercial business owners to reduce energy costs & assist with energy procurement. My guiding principle in life & work is TRUTH which is why I choose the name “Aletheia” (Greek for “Truth”). “In His Light” .. is my compass & well-spring .. here I search for the right words. My mom wrote poetry so perhaps there is a gene that gets handed down. As I seek to know Him more: I petition God for words: that give LIFE.  Presently, my blog is found HERE.

7 COMMENTS

  1. “Brother” Alan .. please forgive my delayed response .. you lay it out so well and so honestly
    Yes ..
    “Evil IS crafty. It creates situations where there are few good options.”
    The Evil one (Satan) even more “crafty” .. the “art of war” is his dominion
    We both have enough laps around the cornfield of life to know well .. there are no easy or ready solutions
    There is one posed by John Mearsheimer – (though it is not easy) highly unlikely it will be supported when each position is examined
    The wisdom found of Scripture comes to my mind
    “Pride goes before destruction,
    a haughty spirit before a fall.” – Proverbs 16

    I share my comment to Aldo .. because it applies equally and I applied much thought to look further into the matter
    “the logic of weapons” is very straightforward .. DEATH
    Sadly .. the people who wield weapons are often robbed of “logic”
    .. are prisoners of their own flawed .. short-sighted perceptions
    .. are controlled or influenced by corrupt “leaders”
    .. are driven by POWER and GREED
    .. are often spiritually bankrupt
    You say well .. and I agree
    “We cannot just let Ukraine fight in the hope of defeating Russia. If one thing is certain, it is that Putin will never accept defeat.”
    I will confess that I spent numerous hours today listening to several video’s (and researching history)
    All that I found .. drive home what you said and more .. including the gravity of the situation & posed solution(s)
    1)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgiZXgYzI84
    John Mearsheimer On Who Gains The Most From The Ukraine-Russia War & What Could End Putin’s Assault
    Apr 14, 2022
    .. Russian feels like they can’t lose .. Putin is not going to quit
    .. Ukraine – is not going to quit – backed by the West (Biden) – feel they can’t lose .. even to the last dead Ukrainian .. war could go on for “years”.. RX for disaster
    .. This is a DISASTER for Ukraine – because they ARE being DESTROYED
    .. “Ukraine must abandon joining NATO – must be NEUTRAL nation (NOT a bulwark of the West)
    .. However if Ukraine becomes a NEUTRAL nation .. that would be a win for Russia”
    2)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrMiSQAGOS4
    Why is Ukraine the West’s Fault? Featuring John Mearsheimer
    Sep 25, 2015

    3)
    https://usawatchdog.com/provoking-nuclear-war-with-russia-dr-paul-craig-roberts/
    Provoking Nuclear War with Russia – Dr. Paul Craig Roberts ( 5-4-22)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgiZXgYzI84

  2. “Brother” Alan .. please forgive my delayed response .. you lay it out so well and so honestly
    Yes ..
    “Evil IS crafty. It creates situations where there are few good options.”
    The Evil one (Satan) even more “crafty” .. the “art of war” is his dominion
    We both have enough laps around the cornfield of life to know well .. there are no easy or ready solutions
    There is one posed by John Mearsheimer – (though it is not easy) highly unlikely it will be supported when each position is examined
    The wisdom found of Scripture comes to my mind
    “Pride goes before destruction,
    a haughty spirit before a fall.” – Proverbs 16

    I share my comment to Aldo .. because it applies equally and I applied much thought to look further into the matter
    “the logic of weapons” is very straightforward .. DEATH
    Sadly .. the people who wield weapons are often robbed of “logic”
    .. are prisoners of their own flawed .. short-sighted perceptions
    .. are controlled or influenced by corrupt “leaders”
    .. are driven by POWER and GREED
    .. are often spiritually bankrupt
    You say well .. and I agree
    “We cannot just let Ukraine fight in the hope of defeating Russia. If one thing is certain, it is that Putin will never accept defeat.”
    I will confess that I spent numerous hours today listening to several video’s (and researching history)
    All that I found .. drive home what you said and more .. including the gravity of the situation & posed solution(s)
    1)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgiZXgYzI84
    John Mearsheimer On Who Gains The Most From The Ukraine-Russia War & What Could End Putin’s Assault
    Apr 14, 2022
    .. Russian feels like they can’t lose .. Putin is not going to quit
    .. Ukraine – is not going to quit – backed by the West (Biden) – feel they can’t lose .. even to the last dead Ukrainian .. war could go on for “years”.. RX for disaster
    .. This is a DISASTER for Ukraine – because they ARE being DESTROYED
    .. “Ukraine must abandon joining NATO – must be NEUTRAL nation (NOT a bulwark of the West)
    .. However if Ukraine becomes a NEUTRAL nation .. that would be a win for Russia”
    2)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrMiSQAGOS4
    Why is Ukraine the West’s Fault? Featuring John Mearsheimer
    Sep 25, 2015

    3)
    https://usawatchdog.com/provoking-nuclear-war-with-russia-dr-paul-craig-roberts/
    Provoking Nuclear War with Russia – Dr. Paul Craig Roberts ( 5-4-22)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgiZXgYzI84

    • Hi Fay
      It is a clearly articulated different point of view from the current narrative promulgated by the current administration and news media.

      Some questions:
      Why do you think Mr. Putin considers NATO such an existential threat?
      What interest of the United States is served by “continual provocation of Russia?
      What is the relationship and impact on this conflict of geopolitical issues like warm water ports and shipping lanes, wheat production and other agriculture in Ukraine, corruption and an aging population and educated populace decline in Russia?
      Who is more of a puppet president Poroshenko or Zelensky?
      What happens to Ukranians in Donbas and Crimea if they go back to Russia?
      If Donald Trump is reelected in 2024 after three years of war in Ukraine and gives Ukraine back to Russia will there be anything left?
      Is a nuclear war win-able?
      Might nuclear fallout counteract CO2 and methane and reduce global temperatures?

      There are two sides to every argument. Two or more combatants to every war. I get that a large mutual defense organization like NATO could easily be perceived as a threat after 1941, Stalingrad, Leningrad, and twenty million dead and forty years of “Cold War.”
      I get that the US and perhaps Russia are always fighting the last war.
      I also get that the US Government puts out propiganda to its own people as much as the Russians do -see war in Iraq and Vietnam among others. So knowing either side’s true intentions is difficult.

      But Ukraine is being destroyed. It’s peoplke are being displaced in large numbers.
      And even if we accept Professor Mearsheimer’s view that this is mostly the West’s fault, What do we do now -short of finding out the solar radiation filtration qualities of nuclear fallout?
      A

      • “brother” Alan’s .. please forgive the delay responding to your thought-full questions:
        Why do you think Mr. Putin considers NATO such an existential threat?
        I would love to be able to see inside his mind .. and heart .. ask him this question. History does shed light.
        In Truth – only God knows the real truth. “Nothing is hidden from His sight”
        “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” – Hebrews 4
        I read several articles and find this one most insightful
        The Real Reasons Putin Feels Threatened by NATO .. Here’s what was missed by the foreign policy ‘realists’ who made the case against enlarging the alliance.
        https://www.thebulwark.com/the-real-reasons-putin-feels-threatened-by-nato/

        What interest of the United States is served by “continual provocation of Russia?
        My first thought is that power blinds and binds
        .. blinds to Wisdom
        .. binds to darkness
        Wisdom is the one quality that true leaders need. Sadly, the world is greatly lacking in wisdom .. and the majority of “leaders” are emaciated when it comes to wisdom.
        Their desire is for power. Power almost always corrupts. Power is like GREED – never satisfied

        What is the relationship and impact on this conflict of geopolitical issues like warm water ports and shipping lanes, wheat production and other agriculture in Ukraine, corruption and an aging population and educated populace decline in Russia?
        As to declining “educated” populace:
        http://mjltm.org/files/site1/user_files_a9608a/admin-A-10-1-74-3045779.pdf
        The decline in “educated” people is not unique to Russia. Though there are many self-contributing challenges in Russia.
        This one point is crucial .. I hope you might consider what I elaborate here:
        Education just might be the key.
        The key to Peace. The key to a productive & prosperous world.
        The key to right-minded leadership & governance so greatly lacking globally.
        The question every nation should consider a high priority is: What does it mean to be “educated”?
        Increasingly “education” has been corrupted by GREED and self-seeking/self-serving POWER-Agenda’s: this corruption is producing an entitlement mindset and-or a victim mindset that adversely effects cultures & society’s everywhere. Corruption of the mind enters the soul and spirit .. eventually the heart. At its root it is spiritual in nature.
        We must consider that it is our thinking that creates our actions. This applies in each life and it collectively to each nation & tribe.
        In the USA .. though some of this plays out in other countries .. these few examples (there are many, many more)
        .. CRT-critical race theory. Presented in sweet-sounding polished platitudes. When it is pure POISON.
        .. the push to twist and-or or erase history is DELUSION that creates illusions & unreality. The result is CHAOS. (just look around)
        .. it is wrong-minded: to be more concerned with tearing down historic statues & renaming schools .. than actual teaching
        .. COVID is another complicating factor that did much harm to students. Those in “power” continue to misinform .. misuse & manipulate in ways that rob students.
        The point is that wrong-focus will produce wrong-outcomes. This principle is as sure as gravity. Throwing money at brick & mortar does NOT produce “educated” people.
        This book is a treasure ..
        Since antiquity, the Great Tradition has defined education first and foremost as the hard work of rightly ordering the human soul, helping it to love what it ought to love, and helping it to know itself and its Maker.
        Understanding the formation of the soul in wisdom, virtue, and eloquence took precedence over all else, including instrumental training aimed at the inculcation of “useful” knowledge.
        Edited by historian Richard Gamble, this anthology reconstructs a centuries-long conversation about the goals, conditions, and ultimate value of true education. Spanning more than two millennia, from the ancient Greeks to contemporary writers, it includes substantial excerpts from more than sixty seminal writings on education. Represented here are the wisdom and insight of such figures as Xenophon, Plato, Aristotle, Seneca, Cicero, Basil, Augustine, Hugh of St. Victor, Bonaventure, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Erasmus, Edmund Burke, John Henry Newman, Thomas Arnold, Albert Jay Nock, Dorothy Sayers, C. S. Lewis, and Eric Voegelin.
        In an unbroken chain of giving and receiving, the Great Tradition embraced the accumulated wisdom of the past and understood education as the initiation of students into a body of truth.

        As to corruption:
        Corruption is everywhere .. multiplying faster than the corona virus
        As to warm water ports:
        Strategic value: The Port of Sevastopol is considered a key hold for maritime routes between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara, and, therefore, the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The port is one of the few warm deep-water ports available to Russia in the Black Sea.
        But geography is destiny and Russia’s actions in Ukraine have both historical precedent and current relevance.
        https://thefederal.com/news/warm-water-ports-key-factor-in-russian-foreign-policy-calculations/
        As to grain/Wheat production:
        https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2022-04-05/will-russia-s-war-in-ukraine-cause-wheat-shortages-raise-food-prices-more
        The $120 Billion Global Grain Trade Is Being Redrawn by Russia’s War in Ukraine
        Deliveries from Ukraine and Russia, which account for about a quarter of the world’s grains trade, are becoming complicated, spurring food-security worries.
        And
        https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/05/05/ukraine-grain-theft-russia-hunger-war/ May 5th 2022
        And
        The city on the Black Sea, Ukraine’s largest port, is a major gateway for grain shipments, and its blockade by Russia already threatens global food supplies. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskyy pointed out Russia’s blockade of ports on the Black Sea and Sea of Azov won’t allow Ukraine to export vital products.
        “If we cannot export wheat, barley, sunflower, sunflower seed oil, then it means that people in North Africa and Asia will be lacking food and the prices will go up,” Zelenskyy said. “Later, there could be new chaos and a new migration crisis.”
        https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/05/10/ukraine-russia-invasion-putin-updates/9713002002/ (5-10-22)

        As to declining population in Russia .. which is very notable:
        While officials blame the coronavirus for the rising mortality rate, the growing unwillingness of Russian people to have children has exacerbated the crisis.
        For the first time in the history of modern Russia, the natural population decline reached 1.04 million people.
        Although the Russian government points at the pandemic as a cause of decreasing population, experts say that the trend had started way before the health crisis struck the world.
        The increase in the retirement age, the quality of medical care in the region, declining living standards and numerous other challenges Russians face are among the reasons why the country is facing a population decline for the fourth year in a row.
        https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/why-the-population-decline-in-russia-has-hit-its-highest-in-history-54327
        https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/23003689/putin-ukraine-russia-donbas-energy-feint

        Who is more of a puppet president Poroshenko or Zelensky?
        This question makes me look up .. only God knows the answer.
        Had you included Biden .. “heads up” .. he’s the winner
        When it comes to “puppets” .. the question one must always be most concerned about: Who is pulling the strings?

        What happens to Ukrainians in Donbas and Crimea if they go back to Russia?
        Only God knows that answer.
        Given the significant decline in population .. Russia needs people. Hopefully they will show themselves a good “Motherland”
        Insightful article and maps .. on Putin’s strategy .. more
        https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-60938544

        If Donald Trump is reelected in 2024 after three years of war in Ukraine and gives Ukraine back to Russia will there be anything left?
        I have been called a “prophetess” but again, only God knows this answer.
        Not sure why a re-elected President Trump would take such a path.
        Had he remained President .. I am made to wonder if world peace would have been maintained. Many have expressed that a significant contributing factor to this war is the weakness of our current President.
        This article is very eye-opening .. highly encourage reading !!
        For years, Mearsheimer has argued that the U.S., in pushing to expand NATO eastward and establishing friendly relations with Ukraine, has increased the likelihood of war between nuclear-armed powers and laid the groundwork for Vladimir Putin’s aggressive position toward Ukraine. Indeed, in 2014, after Russia annexed Crimea, Mearsheimer wrote that “the United States and its European allies share most of the responsibility for this crisis.”
        This is great-power politics, and what the Russians want is a regime in Kyiv that is attuned to Russian interests. It may be ultimately that the Russians would be willing to live with a neutral Ukraine, and that it won’t be necessary for Moscow to have any meaningful control over the government in Kyiv. It may be that they just want a regime that is neutral and not pro-American.
        We should be pivoting out of Europe to deal with China in a laser-like fashion, number one. And, number two, we should be working overtime to create friendly relations with the Russians. The Russians are part of our balancing coalition against China. If you live in a world where there are three great powers—China, Russia, and the United States—and one of those great powers, China, is a peer competitor, what you want to do if you’re the United States is have Russia on your side of the ledger. Instead, what we have done with our foolish policies in Eastern Europe is drive the Russians into the arms of the Chinese. This is a violation of Balance of Power Politics 101.
        .. when push comes to shove, strategic considerations overwhelm moral considerations. In an ideal world, it would be wonderful if the Ukrainians were free to choose their own political system and to choose their own foreign policy.
        But in the real world, that is not feasible. The Ukrainians have a vested interest in paying serious attention to what the Russians want from them. They run a grave risk if they alienate the Russians in a fundamental way. If Russia thinks that Ukraine presents an existential threat to Russia because it is aligning with the United States and its West European allies, this is going to cause an enormous amount of damage to Ukraine. That of course is exactly what’s happening now.
        So my argument is: the strategically wise strategy for Ukraine is to break off its close relations with the West, especially with the United States, and try to accommodate the Russians. If there had been no decision to move NATO eastward to include Ukraine, Crimea and the Donbass would be part of Ukraine today, and there would be no war in Ukraine.
        https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/why-john-mearsheimer-blames-the-us-for-the-crisis-in-ukraine

        Is a nuclear war win-able?
        All war is “senseless .. senseless.” – Cormac McCarthy – The Road
        If anyone has read this dark book (or seen the movie) .. you would pray for death in such an event.
        Another old movie: “Testament” originated out of the fear of nuclear war during the Cold War. The fact that the US and USSR could, within a half an hour, launch their ICBMs

        Might nuclear fallout counteract CO2 and methane and reduce global temperatures?
        If you are worried about rapid, catastrophic changes to the planet’s climate, then you must be worried about nuclear war. That is because, on top of killing tens of millions of people, even a relatively “minor” exchange of nuclear weapons would wreck the planet’s climate in enormous and long-lasting ways.
        In the short term, the effects of ocean acidification would get worse, not better. The layer of smoke in the atmosphere would destroy as much as 75 percent of the ozone layer. That means that more UV radiation would slip through the planet’s atmosphere, causing a pandemic of skin cancer and unimaginable other medical issues
        https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2022/03/nuclear-war-would-ravage-the-planets-climate/627005/

  3. Aldo .. please forgive my delay in responding .. to your always thoughtful comments
    “the logic of weapons” is very straightforward .. DEATH
    Sadly .. the people who wield weapons are often robbed of “logic”
    .. are prisoners of their own flawed .. short-sighted perceptions
    .. are controlled or influenced by corrupt “leaders”
    .. are driven by POWER and GREED
    .. are often spiritually bankrupt
    You say well .. and I agree
    “We cannot just let Ukraine fight in the hope of defeating Russia. If one thing is certain, it is that Putin will never accept defeat.”
    I will confess that I spent numerous hours today listening to several video’s (and researching history)
    All that I found .. drive home what you said and more .. including the gravity of the situation & posed solution(s)
    1)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgiZXgYzI84
    John Mearsheimer On Who Gains The Most From The Ukraine-Russia War & What Could End Putin’s Assault
    Apr 14, 2022
    .. Russian feels like they can’t lose .. Putin is not going to quit
    .. Ukraine – is not going to quit – backed by the West (Biden) – feel they can’t lose .. even to the last dead Ukrainian .. war could go on for “years”.. RX for disaster
    .. This is a DISASTER for Ukraine – because they ARE being DESTROYED
    .. “Ukraine must abandon joining NATO – must be NEUTRAL nation (NOT a bulwark of the West)
    .. However if Ukraine becomes a NEUTRAL nation .. that would be a win for Russia”
    2)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrMiSQAGOS4
    Why is Ukraine the West’s Fault? Featuring John Mearsheimer
    Sep 25, 2015

    3)
    https://usawatchdog.com/provoking-nuclear-war-with-russia-dr-paul-craig-roberts/
    Provoking Nuclear War with Russia – Dr. Paul Craig Roberts ( 5-4-22)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgiZXgYzI84

  4. When an aggressor also violates the rules of International Humanitarian Law, it is difficult to think that he can then sit at a table and negotiate a dignified peace for the other party.
    These days, however, the priority is to protect the citizens of Ukraine under attack and to stop the human tragedy that is unfolding.
    I believe it is important not to be paralyzed by the dilemma of “weapons yes, weapons no” in Ukraine. Far from the places of war, it seems more appropriate to answer the question of what can be done to stop the escalation and defend civilians as much as possible: what peaceful means to use to build peace. It is essential to cultivate a different way of seeing reality and facing problems, and not to leave the field to the logic of weapons.
    I understand the legitimate rights of Ukrainians to preserve their land, their living spaces, their independence, the choice to adhere to a lifestyle rather than another.
    But, as things stand, we must be realistic and admit that the only way out is to persuade Putin to a ceasefire and participate in peace talks. To do this, to bring Putin to the negotiating table, everything should be up for discussion, including the borders of Ukraine.
    It would be peace at a price, but a price that could prove acceptable considering the little to be gained that everyone would have from a continuation of the conflict. We cannot just let Ukraine fight in the hope of defeating Russia. If one thing is certain, it is that Putin will never accept defeat. He is already too involved in this war to back down without a ‘victory’ to show “his people. So, it is essential to relaunch the diplomatic offensive and force Putin to sit down at the negotiating table, whatever it takes. The risk, if this does not happen, is that nothing will remain of the country we want to protect.

  5. When is the right time to stand up to EVIL? It seems past due, Sister Fay.

    I chose not to be a warrior, not to kill anyone because some leaders of the land I lived in were afraid of another system of government. As a young man I chose not to stand against a people who did not look like me or spoke a different language. I chose not to fight an evil as defined by others. I have never regretted that decision.

    What is happening in Ukraine makes my heart sick. Should the US, Europe, the world be doing more? I believe we should, though just what we should do.. . . of that I am less certain. Giving money for humanitarian aid seems the least an individual should do. Offering support for our leaders walking this tightrope. Sure.

    Would I gladly send my son (too old) or grandson (too yound) to fight alongside Ukrainians? Would I push a button and send a nuclear warhead against a Russian city, knowing full well that many others would fly in both directions?

    Probably not.

    Would I support sending US and Allied aircraft to shoot down Russian planes and bomb Russian missle launchers and artillery batteries?

    Maybe, But I think that might put us on a trajectory that might lead to one of the two previous options.

    Would I support Europeans as they stopped using Russian natural gas to heat and cool their homes, and Russian gasoline and crude oil for their cars and facories, even if it meant our prices would rise to the level that Europe pays?

    I would, but I think many in the US would not.

    Evil is crafty. It creates situations where there are few good options.

    My own options are limited by previous choices and and age, for even if I, spitting mad, got on the series of planes, trains, and automobiles it would take to get to the front. . . somehow I think a 74 year-old [former?] pacifist with no military training might be a liability in the fight.

    “Put me in, coach, I don’t smoke.” doesn’t seem like the right qualification.

    But I share your and their pain at our inaction and would like to hear other options.

    Alan

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