Is War Still Possible in 2022?

War will always be possible as long as there are humans.

Michael Snellen

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As we roll into the new year, all hopes are high for humanity. 2022 . . . Perhaps the virus (the virus we all care about) will finally go away. If not, at least the robots are coming to deliver us from ourselves; any day now, they promise. But, If there is one thing that I can predict, unfortunately, for the future, and possibly this year — it is war.

“What? How?”

As of today, January the twenty-second, the drummers of war are pounding on their drums again. Russian troops have amassed on the border of Ukraine. Now before I tell you what this means, or what it calls for, I want to bring forth the possibility that most Americans have no idea where the country of Ukraine is. I don’t think Ukraine is a part of the Middle East, but I am not so naive as to believe that there is not someone who doesn’t think that it is. Most Americans have no idea what this conflict is about; and even more Americans don’t care that much to do brief research.

Thank God we have politicians who have our best intentions in mind.

Now, you either laughed or growled at that last line depending on what holy political party you are a part of. Don’t feel bad, or good, it doesn’t matter — the politicians, for once, are united in their belief of the necessity of war.

Okay, what can we make of this? Is war a bad thing?

I would say yes, but some wars are justified. I, myself, will leave the justifying to someone else with more time than I have. Some wars are, if they are just, necessary. As for Ukraine, those in the media, and those at the White House, say that we will come to Ukraine’s defense if they are invaded.

It is now time to take a detour and ask the important question: Who’s we?

We Americans are not all alike. We are a country built not on thousands of year old traditions, but individuality. See: The Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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Michael Snellen

Founder and CEO of Catholicism for the Modern World, Writer, Podcast Host, Teacher. https://linktr.ee/catholicismforthemodernworld