Jay Lenkersdorfer

The news out of Ukraine isn’t good. Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has his sights set on annexing Ukraine back into the new USSR. Sadly, I don’t feel that the nations of the world are doing enough to help the citizens of Ukraine continue as an independent nation.

Sanctions are wonderful but they do nothing to stop the bombs, missiles, tank rounds, and bullets being fired by the Russian troops today. The discussion in my home is a complicated one. As the parents of two Army sons, we want the United States to stay out of a shooting war with Russia, but the humanitarian in us wants the countries of the world to unite in solidarity and kick Putin clear out of Ukraine.

We know that it’s impossible to have it both ways.

There is talk about how things might have been different under a different president. This is probably true, but I’m not convinced that things being different would be a better thing for world peace. I dream of a world where everybody gets along. A world where there are no longer people living in abject poverty with little or no food and clean water. Imagine how things would be different if we took 100 percent of the money spent on military might and instead used a tiny percentage of it to feed everybody and give healthcare access to every person from every nation. The rest of the money could be left in the pockets of hard-working people all over the world.

If you are a believer you will know that the Bible does talk about a time when all evil is set aside for a millennium. This will be a time where lots of wonderful things can happen, but if my memory serves me well I think things will have to get a lot worse before they can get any better.

If you live in Ukraine you are likely living in conditions that can’t get much worse. It is a simple case of the haves and the have nots. As nations at peace, the God-fearing nations of the earth have it pretty good right now, even though those in Europe seem to be sitting on a powder keg.

The Germans, Poles, French, English and the rest of Europe have a good quality of life. Like our family, I’m sure many of them suffer knowing that one of their neighbors is getting the living crap pounded out of them. European countries don’t want war to spread any more than the United States wants it to expand to other former Soviet puppet states. But what happens in a year when Lithuania or Estonia gets invaded or annexed by Russia? Where do we as free nations draw the line on Russia and say that is enough?

I hate the fact that Russia has brought up the possibility of this conflict progressing into one where atomic weapons are fired. If you really want to be wide awake tonight just do some research about nuclear war. The papers I have been studying paint a terrible outcome for the entire world if just a few atomic weapons are used between two hostile nations. One study focused on India and Pakistan exchanging a few of their nuclear weapons against each other and the outcome in the months following such an exchange.

It wouldn’t be the radiation that was the biggest threat to life, it would be the dust and ash that would be thrown into the atmosphere, blocking the sun’s rays, giving us a nuclear winter for several years. The lack of sunlight would stop photosynthesis and crops would fail across the earth. We wouldn’t need to worry about zombies because the absence of food on our tables would be the killer. Actually, we could eat the zombies to stay alive.

There are no easy answers on what we can do to resolve the issues that caused this war to break out. I wish it was as simple as live and let live but I’m afraid that concept was lost in a bygone era. I do admire the actions of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky who hasn’t fled to protect his own skin, he is staying in the fight to lead his people. His actions, and those of his countrymen are admirable and are setting the example for the rest of the world on how to be a patriot. If you are the praying type, please pray for Ukraine.

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