I definitely do not understand why it is more glorious to bombard a besieged city with projectiles than to murder someone with an axe.
In 1917, a quote was attributed to US Senator Hiram H. Johnson, which was immortalized: “The first victim, when war begins, is the truth”. This idea gained even more prominence when it became the title of a book published by journalist and war correspondent Phillip Knightley, “The First Victim”.
In this work, Knightley comments in detail on the inadmissible falsifications that some journalists made during the most diverse wars. The author shows how on many occasions the truth of the facts was distorted with fanciful narratives according to the tendencies of those who reported it.
truth and reason
After the start of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, this phrase was repeated over and over in practically all the media. In the comments made by analysts, the quote, with minor adaptations, such as changing the word “truth” to the term “reason”, was and is mentioned for two purposes:
First, to show aversion to Putin’s invasion of the neighboring country, because in that case the reason would be disregarded. Second, to warn that not all the information that reaches us about the combat is true. Therefore, we need to take a step back from everything we hear about the clashes between these two nations.
New NATO memberships
Last Thursday, the 12th, Finland declared that it intends to be part of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). And, if that wasn’t enough, just a day later, Sweden released a document to justify the same initiative. Putin reacted immediately, warning that he would pay back, with an increase in his military power near the border, and even with the threat of the use of nuclear weapons.
Everything indicates that Russia would not be able to invade Finland or Sweden now. In addition to Britain announcing that it would place its forces in Finland, with the fighting in Ukraine, Russian military might seems to be practically exhausted.
Putin’s reaction at the moment is limited to pressing with electricity and gas cuts. Which is not little. It becomes a matter of survival. There is still an extreme risk. Although the risk of nuclear combat is far from being realised, you never know how a country cornered by international pressure will react.
So far, the West’s actions have been limited to supplying Ukrainians with weapons and boycotting the Russian economy. Nothing that could provoke more exacerbated reactions from Moscow.
For now, one of the NATO members, Turkey, has sided with Russia and is against the intentions of both countries. It will never be possible to guarantee, however, that this position will be maintained. Changing opinions may depend on pressure from other members.
Perhaps the decision of these two new countries to join the group is a strategy to put an end to the conflict more quickly. However, it seems that acting in this way made the tempers even more heated.
The repetition of mistakes
The truth is that humanity has failed to learn from past mistakes. It would be enough to look at what has happened throughout history and see that wars have only brought death, destruction and sadness to people.
Men, for one reason or another, had to learn to dialogue. They know how to remove differences of opinion and goals from negotiations. This should be an obstinate goal so that these constant humanitarian massacres cease to exist.
Brazil, for example, has in its DNA, since the time of Barão do Rio Branco, the exemplary behavior of resolving differences with other countries through dialogue and negotiation.
Even in the current conflict, the Foreign Ministry managed to remain exempt, always preaching that the two nations reach an agreement through understanding.
Like almost everything in life, once again good communication shows its importance in the relationship of people and peoples.
Unfortunately, there is little hope that this understanding can be achieved under peaceful conditions. We know that what we should have learned so far and what we would need to learn from experiences will not always be taken into account. We have to surrender in the face of this reality: part of humanity remains and will remain a beast.
Supertips of the week
No weapon should be more powerful than dialogue The mistakes of the past should teach us to live better in the present and the future Justifications for conflict are almost always excuses for unrevealed intentions Part of humanity acts like a pack of beasts
Books of my authorship that help to reflect on this theme: “How to speak correctly and without inhibitions”, “The secrets of good communication in the corporate world” and “Oratory for lawyers”, published by Editora Saraiva. “29 minutes to speak well in public”, published by Editora Sextante. “Oratorio for religious leaders”, published by Editora Planeta.