limited hamster wheel

I turn around. I walk around the house. I’m going in circles in my life. Like a hamster spinning on its wheel, spinning faster and faster, hoping to get somewhere it will never go. Hey, I’m having fun!

In fact, I am engaged in high international diplomacy. So is Prime Minister Trudeau, who is also going around in circles, pedaling his well-intentioned ideology, which prevents him from getting a little wet and working harder to avoid the Russian-Ukrainian war that is brewing in Eastern Europe.

By trying too hard to please everyone, he risks pleasing no one.

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We can regret that Canada 2022 is forfeiting a much publicized commitment on the international stage, as it was in the days of former Prime Minister Lester B. Person, then Foreign Secretary who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for his role in resolving the Suez Canal crisis. . He persuaded the UN to send “blue helmets” to keep the peace there.

Today, no one is talking about sending Blue Helmets to eastern Ukraine, where more than 100,000 Russian soldiers are concentrated, ready to invade Ukraine to prevent it from joining NATO.

On the contrary, the Americans, the British, Denmark, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, among others, have already begun to transfer weapons or troops there. This does not bode well!

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Canada, for its part, offered a check for $120 million. It is easier to slip a check onto a Hallmark card adorned with beautiful empty phrases that remind of the resilience of the Ukrainian people than to fantasize boldly in favor of peace.

And it was our Foreign Minister, the cheerful Mélanie Joly, who carried out Prime Minister Trudeau’s instructions during his almost invisible visit to Ukraine last week.

Understandably, many Canadians of Ukrainian origin have expressed deep disappointment at such a timid approach to such a serious crisis. This is not Lester B. Pearson wants!

We see that in terms of international relations, Trudeau Jr. does not belong to the same version as Trudeau Sr., who did not hesitate to get ahead of the United States by recognizing communist China in October 1970 and defying the American embargo on Cuba, becoming , in 1976, the first head of government of a NATO member country to visit that country since the 1959 revolution.

And all this without shedding a tear or apologizing!

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Watching this American-European mobilization on TV or on the Internet, the well-known saying si vis pacem, para bellum, which we are used to learning in Latin lessons, comes to mind. If you want peace, prepare for war: what a strange way to do diplomacy; what a strange admonition from nowhere to remind us to always be on our guard!

Perhaps it is this small game that the big players in this possible war are currently involved in. Like fiery males sticking out their chests to intimidate opponents. And a bit like children with an incredible amount of toys who want to show off in front of others, just to amuse their egos.

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Because that’s what war is for. It serves to get new toys from the cabinets, created by what is called the military-industrial complex. More and more fancy toys to try somewhere. So why not on the innocent population, caught between two fires, and who, like us, are asked only to live in peace.

Admittedly, we no longer use the old methods of the first two world wars. We no longer need trenches or so many soldiers, drones can wreak havoc instead. For the same reason, the number of Russian soldiers concentrated on the borders of Ukraine is surprising, since at present we usually have to use primarily heavy weapons.

But who am I to judge Vladimir Putin’s military strategies? The hamster is just curious.

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Where will this take us? I can go three-quarters of the way, but I still don’t know! It’s the same with the pandemic: we don’t know anything about anything. How it started, how it will end. Never.

And even more so why it arose in our lives, shaking everything, absolutely everything: people, morals, governments, the economy, scientific and medical circles, eternal humankind, education, art, culture, sports, revealing to us the degree of our dependence on others, others that show up in the form of government, the pharmaceutical industry, the media, and even businesses that we didn’t know were “essential” until now.

And turn, turn the steering wheel.

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At the beginning of this planetary ordeal, we had fun trying to determine what will change after the pandemic, what transformations it will produce in society, each one going there with his own refrain.

Surprisingly, future jugglers are now keeping quiet. Because deep down, the most notable changes that have taken place have to do with our mental health! We are disoriented. We have lost our bearings, as we often talk about poaching youth. The same youth who will nevertheless continue to rely on us to determine their future, pretending not to care!

And this, perhaps, is what awaits us collectively if war ever breaks out on the borders of Ukraine: we will expect our governments to roll a bright tomorrow before our eyes, pretending to be a file of the fortieth year.

And the billions of hamsters that we have become will continue to spin the wheel of life! Bad cardio!

Khan, ma’am?

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