The 1980s enjoyed quite a bit of a pop-culture resurgence at last as the nostalgic industry looks back on that decade.
he’s a fanatic that moves in mysterious ways, and a period once largely dismissed is now being viewed through rose-tinted lenses. But one renaissanceist seems to have gone fully methodical in his nostalgia.
Vladimir Putin’s frenzied invasion of Ukraine has now brought us closer to nuclear war than we’ve ever seen.
From the very first moment, two weeks ago, when Russian forces began attacking Ukrainian positions, there was a real sense of fear in the air.
Those of us who grew up in that decade will remember in great detail the fear of Armageddon that ruled our lives—a fear we once thought was no longer necessary. . Well, that fear has now returned with vengeance – let’s hope it doesn’t end with a bang.
Most of us are glued to the news channels constantly and the footage we witness is difficult to watch but impossible to ignore as one man’s madness turns a part of Europe into a grave. .
After two years of anxiety caused by Covid, it is understandable that some people just want to bury their heads in the sand and pretend nothing happened, but the reality is that we are now in a dangerous crisis. most in life.
Based on Forbes magazine, Russian forces have now targeted six different nuclear reactors across Ukraine. Anyone who stayed up late last week and watched in horror as the live broadcast of the gunfight outside the Zaporizhzhia power plant – one of the world’s largest reactors – would be forgiven for thinking that the ending was good and real. the early.
The last two weeks have felt like a bad dream. Honestly, it’s almost too much to handle. The reckless and indiscriminate murders. The act clearly violates international law. Arrogance and delusion growl when cornered and now humiliate Putin, which makes him all the more dangerous. Unlike Nato, the use of tactical nuclear weapons, the battlefield has always been in the Russian military doctrine. These are all things that will keep us awake at night.
But at least we have a bed to sleep in, which is to say more than two million (and counting) Ukrainians who have been displaced and are now desperately looking West for a safe haven. whole.
That’s where we come in – the Irish seem happy to provide shelter to our Europeans.
An estimated 100,000 Ukrainian refugees could land on our shores in the next few weeks and we have a moral obligation to make them feel safe until they can return to their homeland. .
In normal times, a country in the midst of a chronic housing crisis would not be able to absorb such a large amount.
But these are no ordinary times. Not for us and certainly not for ordinary Ukrainians. As reported yesterday Irish independencethe authorities are looking at the prospect of taking over caravan parks, old military bases and even Airbnb homes to make room for our new guests.
On top of that, a large number of ordinary residents have supported the plight of the refugees, and thousands have offered to provide accommodation in their own homes. The fact that so many of us are willing to accommodate so many strangers is a reminder that perhaps we are not such a rotten little country.
Certainly, when you compare our response with the UK, which has only issued 300 visas so far, there is no doubt who has answered better. Rather than feel embarrassed by their delayed response, Tory officials have instead criticized Ireland, with one source quoted saying: “Ireland has essentially opened its doors to everyone in Ukraine. and that creates a lot of problems.”
That source used the example of Albanian gangsters as a reason for rigorous testing, but when you remember that no men between the ages of 18 and 60 are allowed to leave Ukraine, it’s hard to believe. imagine war-weary women and children secretly setting up major crimes. cartel.
A more sensible approach has been taken by Tory MP Simon Hoare, head of the Northern Ireland affairs committee, who has criticized his colleagues, arguing that: “Instead of criticizing the people Our friend Ireland and our neighbour, the UK could replicate its response much better… We can and must do better. ”
These are dark times and the fact that nuclear war is now being openly discussed by experts sends chills down everyone’s spine.
But if we have a chance to alleviate some suffering, it is certainly responsible to us not to let them down.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/we-are-doing-the-right-thing-by-taking-in-ukrainian-refugees-unlike-crass-tories-41425898.html We are doing the right thing by taking in Ukrainian refugees – unlike crass Tories