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Words of Wisdom

Are we heading towards WWIII? I know I have written about this before, but the topic is somewhat important! I’m not sure what to call it today, but what used to be called the Cold War is back in full swing; and it’s not even cold! The so-called Russian-Ukrainian war is actually waning, but it’s ominously and rapidly turning into an open NATO-Russian war, not to mention the non-NATO, pro-USA countries and the pro-Russian countries. After a recent Ukrainian drone attack on a town in western Russia, which is home to one of the country’s biggest nuclear power stations, a Ukrainian official openly announced that the attack was carried out with British aid. On that, I hope that the British still have the camouflaged underground bunkers they built in WWII! Even scarier, a few days ago Russia’s space agency announced that the country has put its intercontinental ballistic missiles, which are capable of carrying at least ten nuclear warheads, on standby. If you consider the other hot spots around the world, whether the South China Sea, Western Africa, the Middle East (that’s us!), or even the Arctic Ocean where geostrategic tensions are high, to put it mildly, I don’t think that the world has ever been closer to an outright explosion than we are today; not at this scale, at least. But again, Lotfy Zakaria, a serious political analyst on YouTube has been warning us of a cataclysmic explosion for months now, maybe even a year. In fact, practically all analysts on all media are cautioning us about an imminent world conflict that would send us back to the Stone Age. Can those in charge of pushing the buttons that set off the nukes be so crazy as to start such a thing? I really do not think so, but again, an inadvertent mistake could ignite the war, and that’s what’s really scary. It won’t be as in the movies when in the last seconds, the catastrophe is miraculously averted. I almost envy those who do not follow the news and believe that things are just fine. Seeking words of wisdom in such dire circumstances, I found the following two quotes: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever,” by Mahatma Gandhi. And on a more spiritual note: “Work for this world as if you will live forever, and work for the hereafter as if you will die tomorrow,” by Ali ibn Abu Talib. Wishing you all safety and good health.

Long live Palestine!

Por Sani Meo

  • Sani Meo is co-founder of the English-language print and online magazine This Week in Palestine and has been its publisher since TWiP’s inception in December 1998. Since January 2007, he has also been the publisher of the Arabic online magazine Filistin Ashabab, which targets Palestinian youth.

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