“This entire story is about a life ruined.”
That quote, from a subject of our story that begins on page 20, is an apt summary of Russia’s War on Ukraine. Russia’s invasion has ended and upended millions of lives, ruining the futures of individuals, of organizations, cities, countries, indeed of the world.
We are all daily shaken and unsettled by the firehose of bad news from Russia and Ukraine, and, as the author writes in “Russian and Me” (page 56), we all would love “something good, loving, and light from Russia to counterbalance the darkness, the senseless brutality, and the horrors perpetrated by Russian hands in Ukraine.”
But of course, those are very difficult to find in these dark days.
You will find a few glimmers in these pages. But we cannot, would not, dare to diminish the horrors that Russian tyranny and aggression have unleashed on our world. We must keep sharing the truths we find, even if telling the stories is painful. As we stated at the outset of this madness, our guiding principle is simple: “Love the People, Loathe the Regime.”
It is worth noting, however, that Russia’s War on Ukraine has underscored just how flat (connected) our world is.
Russia’s invasion tipped off a global energy and food crisis that spurred inflation, and that has a good chance of tipping us all into a global recession.
Bombing around Europe’s largest nuclear powerplant, in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, has sent fears soaring that a battlefield miscalculation could lead to a meltdown and disaster of global proportions.
And the unfathomable tide of Ukrainians and Russians fleeing war and oppression has turned Russia’s “near abroad” into a multi-country refugee zone.
When it will all stop, we can only guess. And how long it will take to rebuild, we can scarcely imagine.
But, end it will.
Yet, even then, lives will have been irrevocably derailed, broken, ruined.
Perhaps we can take comfort from another quote in this issue, this one from the Under Review section, by the Ukrainian philosopher Hryhoriy Skovoroda: “Tyrants can only rule amid fear and ignorance. But the night cannot last forever.”
Sooner or later light will return. Yet so much damage is being done in the dark before that happens.
Please keep sending us your letters (see page 4 for a sampling of what we have received so far), and keep the faith. If the world truly is so flat, we can never know the butterfly effect we may have by throwing a bit more decency, hope, and truth out into the world.
That’s what keeps us going, anyway...
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