Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In Defense of the Planet

Today is Earth Day.  It has been celebrated annually since 1970 - a "National teach-in on the environment."  http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement.

In the history of humankind the only thing we the humans have had more of an interest in fucking ruining than the planet we call home is one another.   Human history is littered with examples of the bullies among us availing themselves of every opportunity to stomp all over the weaker among us.  It is what we have always done.

But the history of humankind is also replete with the good among our number coming together to ensure the preservation of the species - in spite of the best efforts of the malevolent among us.  And here on Earth Day 2014 those of us sporting the white hats need to come together. 

Global warming is a bad thing.  But it is not as a harmful a thing for this planet as Vladimir Putin is.  Putin is not a good human being, which would not be of significance to the rest of us but for the fact that he is the President of Russia.  In the old days, when we still fought the Cold War and the two halves of Berlin were separated by the Wall, Putin was a big deal in the Soviet KGB.  Old lessons die hard. 

Unless you were sleeping these past sixty days you are aware of the fact that the Russians took it upon themselves to "liberate" Crimea from the Ukraine.  And unless you were asleep when they did and are now dead you  are aware of the fact that the Crimean Liberation was merely the first act for Vlad the Impaler.  For present purposes, his sights are set squarely on the rest of the Ukraine.

In the eastern Ukraine, Jewish residents have received leaflets from pro-Russian militia members directing them that they are required to register.   According to the leaflet, “ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles. Evasion of registration will result in citizenship revoke and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property."  http://nypost.com/2014/04/17/jews-in-ukraine-forced-to-register-with-authorities/.

We have been here before in the annals of human history.  A bad man has singled out citizens of a particular religious faith for "registration", which proved to be the first step down a very terrible path.  We must not allow it to happen again. 

If you want to do something for the planet this Earth Day, then pay attention to what is happening in the Ukraine.  And be prepared to do something about it.  Be prepared to speak up for those who need to hear your voice.  And mine.

-AK 

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