I am angry
I am angry at Putin for what he has wrought. Just to satisfy his ego and misdirected interpretation of history, he has invaded a sovereign nation. His troops are indiscriminately bombing cities and town, killing hundreds of people and making millions of people refugees. There is no telling of how far he is going to take this invasion and what incalculable suffering he will impose on innocent people.
I am scared
I am scared that Putin has no easy way to save his face. There is no off-ramp from the insane situation he has found himself into. He is like a cornered cat. He has already indicated that Russia has nuclear weapons and so no one should mess with it. Isn’t there a plausible scenario that he will lash out and use this “final” option? What will happen then? How will the world avert an all-out nuclear war?
I am irritated
I am irritated about the stand that some of my right-wing friends have taken. “This war would not have happened if our country was not being ruled by a weak president,” they say. Really guys? Don’t you think Putin would have preferred a friendly president like Trump if that was the reasoning behind his attack? How far are we going to take party politics? What will it take for us to be united in our response? A mushroom cloud?
I am sad
I am profoundly sad when I see the steady column of refugees pouring into neighboring countries. Our modern technology allows us to virtually participate in the horrors that have fallen on these women and children. Hungry, tired, scared and with no place to go. What did they do to deserve this?
I am glad
I am glad that it is not me or my family in that situation. Here we are sitting in our comfortable houses where the principal worry is how much traffic we will encounter when we go out, and where will we park our car. Yes, the gas price is going up, but for most of us it is a minor inconvenience.
I am confused
I am confused about my feelings. How can I be happy when there is so much suffering? How can I continue my normal life under the threat of a nuclear war? How can I make any future plans when the world as we know it might be going through a metamorphosis? How could we have allowed the creation of a world order that is so fragile that one madman can upend it?
I am angry