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A Reminder to Us All

            Unlike in 1938 when Adolf Hitler invaded the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia, today's technology brings the horror of the Russian invasion of Ukraine to our homes via TV and the Internet through daily news reports.

            It's hard to watch the death and destruction unfold without feeling anything.  Watching and listening to the people of Ukraine react makes you wonder how you would react if it were happening here.

            Think about it.  What if it was happening here?  Maybe not today or tomorrow but are we setting the stage for it to happen in five or ten years?

            The divisiveness that has infected our nation has turned us into tribes divided by loyalties to political parties before people.  Where will this hate take us?  Whose fault is it?  We all do our own finger-pointing but we must remember that every time we point a finger at someone, there are three pointing back at you.

            The quest of Russian President Vladimir Putin to put the shells of the former Soviet Union back together is becoming clearer as he becomes bolder and bolder while vacuuming up pieces.  Bombing inocent civilians without provocation makes him a war criminal.

            As of today, more than 2,000 civilians, including women and children, have died from Russian bombardments of non-military targets. 

            On Sunday Putin directed Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the military's general staff, to put their nuclear forces in a "special regime of combat duty" because of "aggressive statements" made by NATO countries.  His feeling was that western countries aren't only taking unfriendly actions against Russia in the economic sphere, but top officials from leading NATO members made aggressive statements regarding his..

            Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Sergeias said the Russian government would consider all countries that introduce sanctions on the country to be "de facto unfriendly," according to CNN.

            Yes, what is happening in Ukraine affects us all.

            Martin Niemöller, was a prominent Lutheran Pastor in Germany who initially supported Adolf Hitler in the 1930's because of his hate for communism.  It wasn't long before he came to strongly oppose the Nazi party. From 1937-1945, Niemöller was imprisoned in two concentration camps and narrowly escaped execution. 

            His words are a reminder of what he experienced and, perhaps, what we have to look forward to:

            "First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist.

            Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist.

            Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew.

            Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."

            With the events going on in Ukraine and what it could lead to in other parts of the world, his words should be a reminder to all of us.






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