I don’t know how much consolation to the Ukrainians that we would gladly sympathize with their plight. While they are caught up in an unimaginable nightmare, in the end there will be the solution behind those words.
hat is, how our good intentions not only turn them into good deeds but also practical sacrifices in the months to come. Could be longer.
We will certainly give generously and often. But this may yet prove to be a marathon struggle, especially if it spills over into Nato Europe and the kind of dreaded conflict that even three weeks ago seemed like a pipe dream.
Although the outrage that has pervaded the country since Putin’s invasion is both sincere and genuine, it also speaks to how this sense of comradeship and solidarity has shaken in the real test. economy first.
The whole country cheered, or at least laughed, when Desmond Wisley rammed his truck through the gates of the Russian Embassy, but the mood was clearly more somber as the scale of fuel inflation hit the public. .
Not all price increases and shortages are predicted due to Putin’s genocidal war. But most of them are.
Rather than rationalize these increased burdens as the price Western democrats must pay to defeat Russia, the immediate reaction is outrage. In other words, we stand with Ukraine as long as we don’t feel constrained in the long run.
Eamon Ryan’s suggestion that we drive slower to reduce fuel consumption is reasonable, but he is often mocked.
No less sensible than occasionally leaving the car at home, or using public transport. Every bit like saying the heating thermostat should be down one notch.
But people don’t have it. Fact checking from history can be helpful.
The state of emergency – a catchphrase used to describe the Second World War – can be a good place to start when looking for something even vaguely comparable.
While portrayed by the British press as greedy neutrals, Ireland suffered from terrible deprivation, mainly due to poverty for food and fuel. The effect lasts after the last shot is heard.
In the mid-1940s, infant mortality reached disturbingly high levels, a statistic that had a tragic and very personal effect in my family.
Child malnutrition has skyrocketed, rickets are common, and flour shortages have meant the loathsome rye bread has become a staple. The black market thrived and the gombeen became the manifestation of war profiteers in Ireland.
A high-ranking civil servant visiting a remote Gaeltacht area recorded “half starving people” begging, cursing Dublin and predicting a famine. But things were a little better in the capital. A shocked TD, observing a long line of food, commented “The poor are like hunted rats in search of bread.”
If this war develops into a slow carnage as Russians and Ukrainians fight for every inch of land, we could really begin to see the echoes of those hardships repeat themselves.
In those circumstances, lack or lack of solidarity would be the last thing we could buy.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/sympathy-is-admirable-but-practical-sacrifice-is-what-is-needed-41447439.html Sympathy is admirable, but practical sacrifice is necessary