As the current David and Goliath situation between the Ukraine and Russia continues to unfold, I can’t help but wonder how far the bully Goliath will go before someone actually offers some serious help to David. I mean more help than refusing to play with the bully and shining blue and yellow lights on international landmarks.
We know that the bully is a superpower, and we know that the Ukraine is not. The Ukraine is trying to hold on to everything they have worked so hard for. Things like their values, their land and their freedom.
And as Russia continues to bomb and send troops into the Ukraine, killing its citizens and forcing them to flee, I feel for the Ukrainian people. Their homeland is being destroyed, their lives turned upside down. All I can do is donate some money to refugee causes to help them out, and not that much money either because I am not Leonardo DiCaprio. Leo very generously donated ten million dollars. My little bit pales by comparison. By the way, thanks Leo. There should be more famous people like you in the world. Now, can you do anything about the bully?
What if the bully wants more? What if the bully has ambitions beyond the Ukraine. Poland remembers what it was like to be invaded and occupied, so Poland is invested in assisting the Ukraine as much as possible. Poland doesn’t want to be the next target.
I am, by no means, an expert in world politics. But like most people my age, I am familiar with European history. So much has been written about Hitler and how far he went with his ambitions before he was stopped. If you want to know how much damage a bully can do, just look at Hitler.
The whole world knows that the Russian bully doesn’t like to lose. He has no intention of negotiating unless he gets exactly what he wants. He likes to rant and make threats and tell the world that even sanctions are declarations of war. The man is a blowhard. Unfortunately he is a blowhard in charge of a superpower, and that’s the problem. The world is afraid of this bully. Countries are doing everything possible not to make him aggressively mad at them. And although the people of Russia will suffer the consequences, that won’t stop the bully. The bully will just dig in and get spiteful, the way all bullies do. Sadly, this confrontation could be a long one.
So all this makes me think about the downside of living next to a superpower. As a Canadian, I live next door to a very powerful nation. One considered, by many, to be the world’s greatest superpower. Mostly relations between our two countries are amicable. But recently under the previous administration south of the boarder, they were not. They were tense. What if a nut-job, power-hungry bully gets voted in? What if this power-hungry bully decides he wants what we have built up over the years. We are a country big on mass and resources but small on military might. If some superpower bully decided to take over our country with bombs and tanks, who would help us?
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