#AtoZChallenge: Fear

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Friedrich Wilhelm Kuhnert [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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So we’ve been having fun with light topics during the A to Z Blogging Challenge here, but today lightness isn’t around. Lightness dissipated into a cold, nagging fear last night when the US — without the permission or knowledge of Congress — launched nearly 60 Tomahawk missiles into Syria.

We don’t know what will come next. Putin, who probably instigated the strike, is now talking action against the US, and is refusing to honor an agreement to reduce the risk of in-flight collisions with US planes. He’s been itching for WWIII for years, trying to provoke countries to act by buzzing their airspace and making big statements; last night, the man unsuited to the office of the presidency may have given him his opening.

A useful tool. A useful fool.

And we do not know what the price will be.

This is a new kind of fear for those of us nestled in the arrogant comfort of the US, a country that’s always interrupting and always “manspreading,” taking up as much space as possible. A country whose citizens are always jerks in TV shows from other English-speaking countries. A country largely untouched by its own global footprint.

We’re touched now.

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12 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Fear

    • It is lovely, isn’t it? But slightly sinister.

      Yes, I do not know why the people of Syria have to live like this, bombarded on all sides at all times. They’re just people trying to live their lives.

  1. My brother in law, who is autistic and is the subject of my blog, did not vote for the current President. But he is just as much affected as any of us who are not autistic. Actually more so. I wonder what happens to the disabled in those countries such as Syria. It has to be horrible.

    • Yes, it is a really scary prospect for people with disabilities and the people who love them under this regime. And sadly all of us, for the time-being, have no choice but to deal with the consequences of spectacular incompetence and indifference to human life.

  2. @breakerofthings

    Once again, events on both sides of the pond are going in a worrying direction with certain parallels. We brexited and you got Trump, there is talk of the potential of war with Spain over the sovereignty of Gibraltar and ridiculous military posturing in Syria. Meanwhile, as ever, the poor suffer, at home and abroad. Significant funding for low priorities leads to job cuts and increasing poverty, which Government should be addressing – but, oh, wait, they just spent the money.

    I wasn’t really paying much attention in the late 70s, but I can remember part of the 80s being touched by fear of the Cold War and the IRA. Thankfully we’ve moved on from that, but what it has taught me first habd is the ‘inertia of history’. Even when things start to get better, it takes a while to notice, a while to believe it.

    Good post, good timing.

    • Thanks! And yes, Brexit was like a cold shadow here. I know I shivered when it happened, and then afterward, once we knew about Russia, Putin’s hand there was also apparent.

      I had no idea about Spain though…what a thought in the 21st century! That must also be Putin. He wants the world, and that starts with a divided, rather than unified, Europe.

      • @breakerofthings

        Whilst Putin has fingers in many pies, and much to answer for, I think there is a danger in trying to lay everything on him. Not every fire is set by a pyromaniac. The hawks seem to be ascendant at the moment and there is much sabre-rattling on top of actual hostilities. I did like that thought on Twitter the other day that we need to spread humour because people that laugh are less likely to go to war. I wish it were as true as it felt, if you see what I mean, but when we see the boggarts, we just need to remember to invoke ‘ridikkulous’

      • There’s a bigger danger in not seeing it where it likely exits. You should know by now I don’t just say things because I think they could be true, and if it’s mere supposition, I say so. He benefits directly from Brexit. I’d guess he’s involved in fanning the flames of Gibraltar through disinformation, as was used here. And who knows what he has on the politicians pushing for it.

        Do not underestimate him. He is currently the driving force of discord in the world.

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