War Never Changes


War never changes.

Intro to the post-apocalyptic RPG, Fallout

Well, well, well,

Things escalated rather quickly between Russia and Ukraine.

It doesn’t make much sense. Something’s off; especially with media reporting on the topic.

In this article I attempt to give an alternative (to the mainstream news) take on what’s going on.

That being said, no one seems to know what exactly is going on. It’s a good idea to have an open mind.

But before we talk about the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, let’s first take a broader perspective on things.

Why Go To War?

Source: Tachina Lee

One of the most fundamental questions about war is, of course, why go to war?

It is an important question because no one goes to war for no reason. There always is a reason for war, even when it doesn’t seem so on the surface.

There are a couple more important questions related to war:

Who benefits?

How do they benefit?

Is there a downside to the war?

With these questions in mind, we can come to some sort of general conclusions about war.

Wars are most often fought over resources. If there is nothing to be gained, then there is no reason to go to war.

Fertile or otherwise resourceful land is the prime reason for war, if there is to be a war.

But in today’s global economy with its global supply chains, there is little reason to go to war. If you a country needs or wants something, then it can simply trade for it.

Side note: As Thomas Sowell has pointed out: countries are not created equal. Some countries have more resources than others due to geological structures. And countries that are close to water tend to fare better than those that aren’t.

The people living on any given country most certainly do not want to go to war as an aggregate.

It is the leaders that want wars; not the people.

Here I have to also point out that wars have been used as a way to control the growth of population.

There are natural limits to growth (or at least this is how some leaders believe it to be), so there needs to be some control over the size of the population.

Another reason for war could be that it is being used as a way to unite people and to distract from some other issues at hand.

In conclusion:

There are many reasons to go to war, but little thought is put into how the citizens think about it.

War is mostly fought over resources, but there is little need for this kind of war in this day and age.

So, there must be another reason for war.

Russia = Bad

Source: Maria Teneva

It isn’t (or at least shouldn’t be) news to anyone that Russia is the boogeyman used by the Western media and politicians all the time.

There are a plethora of books, TV-series and movies where Russians are the bad guy.

Russia = Bad, mmmkay?

Things have only escalated since 2010, and it was clearly visible in the 2016 US elections where it was being said that Donald Trump is a Russian spy/puppet and that the election results themselves were tampered by Russia.

Here’s Hillary Clinton calling Trump a Russian puppet:

For contrast, here is Hillary Clinton in another context:

I have no particular feelings towards Russia myself, but there are some more-than-clear examples of media and politicians simply making things up about Russia.

At the same time, when you look at Russian media, you will hear biased reporting towards the West.

When listening to the mainstream media, fact-check their reporting yourself if you have the time.

Here’s an example of a famous movie using Russia as the default enemy:

Notice how the Soviet hammer & sickle is part of the title

From Russia With Love was released in the 1960’s.

What I’m trying to say is that it’s been quite a while that Russia’s been the scapegoat and a distraction from other problems.

Since Western (or Westernized) media and politicians have a slanted approach when it comes to Russia, it is prudent to hear the Russian perspective before jumping to conclusions.

Actually, considering both sides of the argument is always a good idea.

About Ukraine

Source: Eugene

Ukraine is a complex issue. There is no way to explain it all in a single blogpost.

You’d need to listen to lectures and read books on the topic to come to any sensible conclusions.

Here is an example of such a lecture:

In short, Ukraine is a divided country. It is rife with corruption.

Even the Western media acknowledges this fact:

Not only is Ukraine’s leadership corrupt, the country itself is clearly divided into two camps, as shown on this map:

The map shows that the country has both Ukrainians and Russians living in it. And yes, they primarily speak their own preferred language in the given region(s) if possible.

This fact shows up in their election results and voting habits. There are pro-Russia and pro-Ukraine sentiments in the country.

Parts of the country would even prefer to join Russia rather than stay with Ukraine.

This is the situation in Ukraine in its simplicity.

Side note: Other problems are NATO and EU expansion, but these are self-explanatory from Russian perspective.

Russia’s March To War

Source: UX Gun

I’ve seen many condemn Russia for its actions. Reasonable reaction; nobody should support the idea of going to war.

But while it is reasonable, it is still a reaction. Most are still reacting to something based on emotion rather than logic.

There is a reason for why Russia is in Ukraine at this current moment. And that reason might be more complex than what it may seem on the surface.

Luckily for us, Putin gave us a speech where he explained his reasoning:

This speech is a follow-up to another statement:

Putin brings up many points, some more pressing and relevant than others.

He claims that Ukrainian officials are now suppressing the rights of the Russian-speaking population in the country. Russian language is being removed from the curriculum. Russian-speaking population is being treated in an unfair manner by the bureaucracy.

Is this true? I don’t know. It’s possible.

What is true for a fact are his claims on Western warring nations (especially the US) expanding their sphere of influence.

He mentions wars in Iraq, Libya and Syria, and how this lead to problems around the world, but especially in Europe.

Libya in particular was where military power was used illegally to ruin the state. This created a bed for international terrorism, and pushed the country towards a humanitarian catastrophe, which in turn led the country to a civil war that has been raging on for years since then.

All of the events in North Africa and the Middle East has caused a large-scale exodus from those parts of the world to Europe.

All of these are valid points.

Libya is especially interesting when you take into account what happened to Gaddafi when he tried to create a gold-backed currency of his own. He’s dead.

Russia has also made moves toward that direction:

Then there’s the other problem called Nato.

Nato made an agreement that it wouldn’t expand further towards Russia

Here’s a short video on that topic:

There’s also this map that could help paint a picture on how Nato has expanded over the years:

Nato has been on an expansion project for a long time.

It is clear to see that there are Nato bases all around Russia and China.

Now, one has to question: would the US agree to Russia building bases in Canada and Mexico, right next to their border? Probably not.

Russia and Putin has a point when it is claiming that Nato is creeping towards their territory.

All that being said, this still isn’t an excuse to invade Ukraine. Diplomacy should always be preferred over war.

Should Finland Join Nato?

Source: Tapio Haaja

In recent times, I’ve noticed an increased support for Finland to join Nato.

The mainstream media here says that the majority of people would like to join Nato. Many politicians are saying similar things.

Now, let’s think about it rationally.

Why would Russia attack Finland?

Finland doesn’t have resources that Russia needs.

Finland is not divided like Ukraine. There isn’t a massive amount of Russians living in Finland.

Finland is not a threat to Russia or Russian interests.

The only reason why Russia would invade Finland at this moment, would be because they feel envious of us because we have the Moomins and Santa Claus (in Korvatunturi).

Ergo, Russia would not invade Finland for no reason.

What would happen if Finland joined Nato?

Well, obviously Finland would now be considered a threat, and Russia would have a reason to invade Finland.

The only thing Finland can achieve by joining Nato is to get exactly what it is trying to avoid: war.

All I can say is: congratulations to pro-Nato media and politicians.

The Other Reasons

Source: Didssph

Okay, so we’ve heard or at least know both sides: Russia = BAD, and from Russian side the West + Nato = BAD. Simple enough.

But there could be other reasons for the war, and it all could just be political theatre.

Perhaps it could be a distraction from human rights violations in some parts of the world.

Or it could be a distraction from something that is happening in Canada:

But what the conflict will most certainly do is distract from rising inflation:

The Biden administration most certainly needed something like a war to distract the world from their blunders.

Unpopular politicians will always find a way to go to war.

What Should You Do?

Source: Amanda Jones

Well, there are many articles on this blog that could help you arrange yourself in a proper way for things that may yet be coming.

But what you really need to do is listen to your instinct, and trust it. Only you know what works for you.

That being said, having knowledge about the world affairs and history can of big help. Looking at Canada and how they decided to go about things, perhaps something like this should be a consideration:

There is no reason for the Russia-Ukraine conflict to expand beyond the borders.

But what you need to understand is that there are other reasons than Russia and Ukraine that it might. Someone else might need and benefit from little a war.

For this reason, at least consider the possibility of things escalating further. We’ve heard news from China and its troops getting closer to Taiwan, for example.

Also, don’t forget about this guy, and the possibility of a “cyber pandemic”:

Personally, I’m not worried at all. I’ll figure things out for myself as they come.

And so should you.

3 thoughts on “War Never Changes

  1. I’m a skeptical about some of sources that you quote, but overall, I think you make some good points. I hope the readers of your blog are reading your blog with some critical thinking (I’m sure some of they are). Last but not least, I wish you all the best and have a great day.

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