still people in the US openly admiring of big, bad, Mad Vlad what with the sneaky little buggers way he's pretending to not-actually-be-invading Ukraine, but, whatever. He wrestles wild animals! He does karate! He's so butch!
He's pretending to invade Ukraine by calling whatever he's doing a humanitarian thing or an anti-Nazi thing. It isn't really being called an invasion, though, is it? (Why no, and for reasons.) But it does sort of look like putting soldiers in Ukraine like something is going to happen isn't exactly unaggressive, is it?
Why yes, it does look like he's directing his military to infiltrate another sovereign nation to kind of enforce his bidding! There's good reason to think this is more like a shake-down than an actual invasion where he actually wants to re-annex all of Ukraine, but seriously. There probably is no good strategy for arming or supporting Ukraine, in any event. And in some ways, I don't even feel up for it--probably because the Nazi thing? Is a little bit true. Or a little bit a lot. I don't know. It's not that Putin is so very much anti-Nazi himself, but really, he's invading a neighbor and calling them the Nazis. Very much the pan calling the pot "cookware"-no? After all his anti-gay bullshit and the machismo--yeah. Other countries are the problem, Vlad. Whevs.
Anyhow, I'm not down with neo-Nazis of any country, and all things considered, I don't feel like arming Ukrainian neo-Nazis all that much. I say we have great valid reasons to sit this out.
From a spiritual point of view, I do not care for nationalism or any ideology that fosters hate. My view is that the search for meaning that animates people is a highly individualistic dealing of one's life with their circumstances, and the warping of thousands or millions of persons to any fell purpose is basically sacrificing those folks on a dubious altar. Which is why I find warmongerer columnists or opportunistic warmonger politicians to be, essentially speaking, the lowest form of life. Yes, there's such a thing as lives that ain't positive. But cheerleading for destruction is making some black magic with words. It isn't worth anyone's finger to confront demons that exist on paper to satisfy a word-wizard. Talk is cheap. Blood is dear.