As I said in a previous post, the real problem for “The West”, especially as it directly affects us in Europe, is the fact that Russia and other nearby states are sitting on huge gas reserves that everyone else wants to use to sustain their society. I mean directly, as if the energy supply is interrupted as it was in the UK by the 2000 fuel blockades or the Hertfordshire explosion say, then we only have a few days to talk about getting things going before it’s too late. I work in a JIT (just in time) healthcare delivery environment. If deliveries are disrupted for more than two days then people die. Similarly, if supermarket deliveries are disrupted for more than a week, people will starve and start to riot. That’s what we are like.
***Without energy, life and society as we in the west know it, will die!***
And yet, we continue to distract ourselves with little problems like mad mullahs, Arab fundamentalists, Christian fundamentalists, terrorists of all descriptions, and currently, where the torch is on it’s pre-Olympics journey and how it affects relations between China and the west as described here in this BBC article from Mount Everest. Jillian made a good point on the “flag” issue in her article, chinese-factory-supports-tibet-cause-apparently, which was laughable but predictable once people embrace capitalism.
So basically, the real problem on our doorstep is being ignored, or maybe played down for fear of frightening people too much. “let’s keep them frightened about something not-very-dangerous…..” is probably being bandied around the corridors of power.
Today, the last day in April, 2008, Georgia and Russia are really squaring up to each other – see here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7374546.stm
Here are some previous articles from the BBC mainly, with the dates and quick comments that demonstrate the escalation process.
22/4/2008: Russia says “rebels” shot down airplane: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7360864.stm
21/4/2008: Georgian airplane downed. Russia suspected: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7358761.stm
17/4/2008: Gorbachev and NATO involved: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7352636.stm
16/4/2008: potential annexation http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7350442.stm
….and so on back for a few years.
The escalation is following a standard pattern; say the most recent Balkan wars or the Nazi occupation of the SudatenLand (http://worldwar2database.com/html/czech.htm)……. An excuse is made to enter a country to help some poor disadvantaged souls, and then before you know it – all hell breaks loose.
This time, both Russia and Georgia have nuclear installations and weapons in the area, and any problem will very rapidly expand and cut-off Europe’s energy supplies. See my previous point *** above.
The West, at the very least should be ensuring that this war does not start or escalate further. Then we should ensure that all people in the area are properly respected and their lives improved. When this happens, the arguments will be seen as pointless dust, to be swept away into history.
If it doesn’t happen, then people will be seen as pointless dust to be swept away into history.
Nichiren Daishonin said it perfectly nearly 800 years ago in 1260 in a feudal Japan, paralysed and inwardly destructing itself from fear of an imminent Mongol invasion:
If the nation is destroyed and people’s homes are wiped out, then where can one flee for safety? If you care anything about your personal security, you should first of all pray for order and tranquillity throughout the four quarters of the land, should you not? – Nichiren Daishonin / On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land – WND1, page 24
It’s just as valid now. You’d better believe it.