I’ve been away, slumbering mostly, not thinking much while awake. But that’s the way with sloths…..
I wake to the tragedy of Malaysia MH17.
Yet, tragedy seems a poor word to describe this horror. ‘Tragedy’ suggests this was somehow inevitable, fore-destined, fated; the act of some malign gods. But this was a crime, a planned and conscious crime, committed by men we know to be criminals, aided and abetted by men, and women presumably, who are also criminal, corrupt, and venial.
We know with very little doubt who these people are; soon we will know with complete certainty. After all, this is a crime within the envelope of other crimes, in the midst of the vast Russian – and Ukrainian – criminal enterprise. The guilt of the men who pulled the trigger that brought down this passenger plane is imprinted in their actions on the ground. The guilt of the men and women who encouraged them, who provided them with the opportunity and the means, is etched in the manifest fictions of their denials. A six year old’s claim that the dog scribbled rude words in lipstick on the wall is more believable than Putin and his cronies’ suggestion that others did it.
So knowing who is guilty, the injured parties will now act to extract justice and punish the guilty. The countries that lost people in the crash – The Netherlands, Germany, Australia, Malaysia, the US and UK – will not tolerate this. They will now, with complete commitment, take strong action against Russia and the terrorists they support in the Ukrainian East. Certainly, the EU, which stands for justice and good, will support them in their actions.
Oh, apparently not.
“It will do too much damage to our financial sector.” “Our investors in Russia will suffer losses.” “Our gas will run out and we will be cold.” “Our warships will go undelivered and rust.” “Our arms salesmen, and their children, will starve.”
Later today, the EU will announce their sanctions against V. Putin’s Russia. Whatever they are, they will hurt a few of his cronies a little, but they will not pull the plug on his Criminal Enterprise.
And the reason for this? We have ourselves become so enmeshed in that Criminal Enterprise, so used to sharing in its spoils, that we cannot give it up. Even at the cost of our honour, of 298 airline travellers, and of the whole Ukrainian nation, we cannot give it up.
Today, keep your eyes open for someone waving a piece of paper, and declaring Peace in Our Time.