I have mentioned several times about one of the things I wanted to do with this blog. It was about my hopes and fears for my son in the future. And an ever uncertain future it seems, if this past couple of years is anything to go by. Most of my “fears” will be no different from those that any other dad (young or old) or mother has for their kids. Although perhaps “fears” is too strong a word.
Right now we are witnessing the media switch from non-stop covid scaremongering to non-stop warmongering. Firstly, let me say that I don’t think for one moment that World War 3 will happen. At least not over the Ukraine situation. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen for some other reason of course. But what? Exactly. We do not and will never know until it’s too late (if it ever happens) so there is really no point in worrying about all that is there?
I do think it is rather convenient that this “crisis” in Ukraine comes at a time when the covid narrative is unravelling. Politicians – many of whom were already under pressure – are beginning to get found out over the scamdemic. But almost miraculously the covid issue is seemingly over in some countries and this new, big threat, is the only news in town.
In fact when I litned to a radio news broadcast today (one of those on the hour things) there was no mention of covid. None! For the first time since we arrived in Australia. Really! Not that I listen to it every day of course – far from it. I avoid it most days. But still… I suppose we should all welcome the fact that covid is no longer the only story out there. But will the media be any different handling the Ukraine situation? Don’t hold your breath.
Wag The Dog…
After spending much of the past two years hiding behind the sofa from a virus that they cannot even see, some people will understandably think this is the end. THE END! Why wouldn’t they? Tanks and rockets are real and you can see them. And make no mistake the news on TV will show them. Again and again and again… It will play out on your TV set just like that 1997 movie Wag the Dog (which I highly recommend if you haven’t seen it).
Not long before I was born there was a political incident known as the “Cuban missile crisis”. Everyone thought the world was on the brink of a new world war back then. Or so we are told. That was all about Russia trying to place nuclear missiles on Cuban soil – only 90km from mainland USA. The Russians backed down in the end. It seems to me that this latest “crisis” is about NATO encroaching (or trying to) right next to Russian soil, but I could be wrong… Anyway, that Cuban thing lasted just over a month before it was resolved.
Covid Vax-Pass Draft?
During World War 2, countries like the UK introduced a thing called ‘conscription’, which basically made it law for young men to join the armed forces and fight in the war. In the 1960s, around the same time as the Cuban missile crisis, America was sending its young men over to fight a war in a country few of them knew anything about and even less could find on a map. Vietnam. The US introduced something called “the draft” – same thing as conscription – to get as many young men as they needed to go and fight in Vietnam.
I wonder how many American could have found Ukraine on a map before all the recent news bulletins? I wonder how many US politicians know exactly where it is? Or those in any other country for that matter….
Is it too soon after the long drawn out wars in the Middle East to expect Americans (and their allies) to join a call to arms? Probably. We shall soon see. But here’s a thought…
Will the unvaccinated be allowed to join the struggle in Ukraine? Will they need a vaccine passport to go anywhere near the place? How many of those Russian troops that have entered Ukraine are “fully vaccinated”? Or have even had the “booster”?? After all we don’t want anyone spreading that covid virus in that part of the world do we? Shoot and blow them up by all means but let’s not risk spreading that cold/ flu-like virus eh….
During the Vietnam war many young Americans fled north to Canada to avoid “the draft”. Will they be able to get in now? Will they need their vaccine passports to enter Trudeau’s pleasure dome? Or will they be stopped because of a truck blockade? All perfectly valid questions, if a little cynical…. I wonder what will happen to any remaining (so called) “covid restrictions”?…
I suppose my message is “don’t let the bastards get you down”. Or to put it a slightly more diplomatic way, that classic old saying: ‘Don’t worry about what you can’t control.’ But I would add a caveat to that. ‘Don’t worry about what you can’t control and don’t get involved‘.