Opinion: What is not working with the world?

M. Mikulėno nuotr.

Like most, I’m really not afraid of calling the bloodshed that way.

But, sincerely, I wonder why the US President has called it just “an incursion” when the signs of a full-fledged war can already not be dismissed?

The assessment is certainly weak and a whole lot weaker from the tough language President Obama used against Russia in the wake of downing a Malaysian airliner.

Why is the tough “good world cop” US not getting any tougher now with the blood gushing in Ukraine?
Should the more delicate vocabulary be chalked up to the enormous scope of the brewing and raging military conflict that the US is dealing with and that has the potential of throwing it and the world into a world war?
Look, the intelligence on the Islamic jihadists’ caliphate (ISIS) doesn’t seem like a raving bunch of nuts anymore (oh, president G. W Bush, what a terrible blunder the false US intelligence on Iraq’s WMD- proliferation of weapons of mass destruction had been!). The Israeli-Gaza bloodshed aftermaths are unpredictable; the desperate Russian president is set to resort to the nuclear arsenal “in defense” (against whom?); and China, the snoozing giant, itches to grab from Japanthe disputed islands…

These have been the biggest challenges that the world is dealing with since the end of the Cold War.
How come that with all the sweeping Spring-Orange-Tulips-and-other revolutions over the last 10 years the world has not gotten any better, freer and more democratic?

Why do Western values keep enraging swaths of the Arab world?

Why have the revolutions not worked out?

And ultimately, is the worldworking the way it is?

Something is just not working right, obviously, but I’d rather let the political analysts chew on that.
But let’s admit: the open borders, social media, talks, visits, negotiations, all sorts of handshakes and kisses all over the world have failed to make it any better and safer.

The raging spats and conflicts won’t taper off any time soon, and in the worst scenario, we’re galloping to a war.

World War III .
If we still can avert the worst, a more delicate vocabulary and cooler stance is needed than today.

Forget the hateful and vitriolic Web comments’ language that I tend to skip now.

Alarmingly, the diplomatic language is getting increasingly imbued with the “tidbits “of street language.
The pugnacious Russian President, Vladimir Putin, seems to be the leader in the choir, shaking up the street and diplomatic chambers alike with the belligerent talk and yet unseen propaganda.

No wonder therefore that the Russian troops stomping the Ukraine soil are portrayed as saviors, and the Ukrainian troops’ operations, in the Putin language, are akin to “the Nazi tactics.”

Cross out, please the horrible four – letter word. Don’t let insanity rulePutin.

Yet could expect that Russia will let Ukraine off the hook without a war?

Having seen the 2004 Orange Revolution- let’s admit being tutored by the West- Ukraine has hardly fetched a sigh before speeding up the history with a new revolution, Maidan.

Again, with the involvement of West.

What can a state living through two major tumults within a mere decade expect? Has revolution ever led to peace? Has anyone asked the Ukrainians in any form of free expression besides Maidan where they themselves see the country?

Excuse me for the questions, and, no, I’m not a victim of any propaganda.

Similarly, when in a serene, Soviet pioneer camp-like jamboree, casually-clad Putin, “the tough guy”, remarks nonchalantly to the Russian youth that it is better not to mess up with a nuclear Russia, the line of the street and diplomatic talk are blurred, as well as sanity.

Is the Russian leader going out of his mind? Are also the leaders of some NATO members who urge the Alliance to deploy Western troops in Ukraine?

As the eventual, though forced, westernization of Ukraine seems imminent, I reckon it bids nothing good to all for now. But, first of all, to Putin himself.

Putinsurely grasps that well. He is iding the high wave of popularity, which has swollen to a record-high 85 percent now,as a result of the nationalistic, Russian media-fueled fury “Russia-started-off-from-Kievan Rus-and-the West-now-wants-to-cut-off-the-perennial- cord-now” and will do whatever it takes to hold Ukraine
in his orbit.

Still, it doesn’t seem like it is just a war between Russia and Ukraine.

I recall here my gone grandfather, who happened to witness the breakdown of the Soviet Union and the restoration of Lithuania’s Independence in the early 1990s.

Intelligent, but unable to sort out the truth from the hocus-pocus on TV, he would spit leaving and say: “Grandson, it’s all about who is being stronger in politics…Both the Soviets and Americans are alike from that standpoint…’

He might have been wrong, I reckon, as I don’t often have clear-cut answers in life, just questions.

Call me a lost man. I won’t get offended.

I nevertheless know: we are all at war, but a bigger one- a turf war.

Where will it take us all?

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