Sunday, March 9, 2014

War Games?

The Paralympic games are over shadowed by some serious political unrests in the world and it is worrisome. While Buddy may appear handicapped he is very much a part of current events and watches news as avidly as sports and the weather forecast.
He joins in taking pride in how he participates by opting for some of the dress items made available and by watching and cheering for the teams or individuals he chooses to support. And as he sees the physically challenged do their sport he comments on how hard their event must be for them.  Though I am beside him and cheering along as well, I have now got to be careful not to spill out that I am afraid of the issues looming over the fact that once again there is speculation about deadly outcomes over boundaries and cultures. 
This current flareup has me on high alert. My father fought the Russians against his will all thanks to a tyrant who took over his country in the last war.  His stories along with what I learned in history classes make me feel so vulnerable. 
What happens if war breaks out again?
I live in a country where immigrants in the past suffered gravely once sides were drawn. Citizenship didn't matter. Birth place did.
Have any new rules been laid down that will ensure my citizenship, my freedom in my chosen democratic country?
The whole picture in my head of how ugly the new affair could become in a city as multicultural as the one I live in makes Rob Ford of Toronto making a name for himself claiming than he's running a city appear more wicked than harmless. Sides have clearly been drawn both for and against for the man and his ego around the world just to capture votes for re election in his home town. Is his irrational behaviour is being over looked? Will he bully using his weird charm to get to where he wants to be? Scary ideas fill my mind.
While the games now being played in Sochi are for the athletes there are some serious hidden games being played in the background and at the same time. They centre around the idea of acquisition by taking and bullying to grab land. People are forced to take sides.
Bullying is a theme that has become a norm of late and it is just getting more and more powerful with the help of all the new gadgets we thought would make living better and more secure. We have created the opposite.
Are these Olympics being used as a distraction for political gains?
War games are serious. I am fearful of their spread globally. And Buddy does see the news but he has not studied history in great depth so he cannot see himself in any danger yet. 
Can this possible war game be tied so we can all win? So far it looks rather grim as the bullies march on swiftly to achieve their goals. When Buddy see the tanks rolling he questions,
"Why do they do that?"
I answer him with,
"Let's hope for peace and no war for hose folks."
But I am not so certain hope will work. 
Prayers ??
Whose side is God on?
We all loose when there is blood shed.


  1. Ah yes. A very difficult situation in Ukraine. A long-time friend is living in Ukraine with his Russian-speakng wife. They are in the south, but not Crimea. I do not believe th Russians want war, they just want to "take care of" the Russians there. Until about 60 years ago, Crimea was a part of Russia; maybe Putin just wants it back. My friend thinks that if people stay calm, the situation will work out. But Russia has cut off the gas the Ukrainians need. So the story is not over.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

  2. A very difficult situation. I have no answers for you.

  3. there is no answer, the world has been this way since the beginning of time and always will be...

  4. I am anxious about the world situation, too. It's wonderful that Buddy is so involved in the competition in the Paralympics, and I do so hope that the situation in that part of the country will work out. I understand your fear very much.

  5. It's a shame that political situations take away the joy of things. More peace is needed.

  6. Dear Heidrun, I don’t think there will ever be peace on earth. War is part of the human condition. It terrifies me too, I know the vast majority of us want to live in peace. But when something happens somewhere, anywhere, too many are ready to scream and shout and bang the drums.

    We all lose when there is blood shed, but that doesn’t stop mankind shedding it.

    Buddy in his innocence has none of that cynicism. My best wishes to him and you.

  7. You would think after a while that people would catch on, but they don't, won't.

  8. Dear Heidrun, I'm thinking that God/Oneness doesn't take sides, but that we are the ones who help one side win and one side lose and that if we are intent on doing no harm then our side wins no matter what happens. To help the human spirit manifest itself in a wholeness that embraces all time and space and being is to win I think. Peace.

  9. I think we love and do whatever tasks are set before us. Something you and Buddy do so well.

  10. It is scary how good people can allow a slide into evil. I think very few of us are immune. Constant vigilance of our own personal thoughts, words, actions and reactions is the first line of defense. Thoughtful post.