Thursday, March 17, 2022

Ethnic coexistence?

Being with like minded people and friends gives one a feeling of belonging. Supporters of sports teams get that feeling of belonging to a group at a game, as they cheer on the team.

The same happens at political demonstrations when emotions run high and the adrenaline is flowing. It's a buzz.

And if two groups with opposite political views clash, things can get out of hand very quickly.

The ultimate version is war, as currently experienced in Ukraine, where people on both sides literally put their lives on the line, each arguing for their own cause with no tolerance for an opposing view.

The first casualty in this process is what led up to the situation in the first place. Each side denies the relevance of previous events that led to counter measures, which in turn, provoked further responses.

That is precisely what has happened in Ukraine with an 8 year ethnic/political conflict blowing up into full scale war.

The roots of this conflict goes way back to WWII and beyond, as various ethnic/political groups in Ukraine had it out with each other over the years.

Goes to show that ethnic coexistence "ain't all it's cracked up to be".

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