Smell of smoke, scent of struggle | Opinion | EUROtoday

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We believed that struggle was a factor of the previous. It was in books, in films, within the testimony of grandparents. The information stated that large-scale conflicts nonetheless escape, however in distant lands the place the common European doesn’t often go for a stroll with their canine. With the standard battlefields suppressed because of the inequality of power of the contenders or as a result of present weaponry discourages using the bayonet and the mount, the closest factor to weapons occasions that we knew had been the sporadic bomb and the trickle of murders. Yugoslavia, within the nineties, was a critical warning. The invasion of Ukraine has raised new alarms, particularly in neighboring nations. For a while now, these of us who stay close to the noise have been confronted with disturbing indicators. I knew terrorism, however not the launching of missiles in opposition to blocks of flats, which is what is going on now. I’ve by no means earlier than lived with the true risk of struggle in locations the place I journey. Angela Merkel, earlier than the Russian annexation of Crimea, beneficial that we retailer meals and water within the pantry. They accused her of making panic. Did she know one thing that she didn't say? In these days, the previous Green Minister Joschka Fischer warned in a e-book of the dangers that the European Union was working attributable to its rising financial and navy weak spot. Another alarmist? I’ve learn that increasingly more Poles are wanting outdoors their nation for shelter to take refuge as quickly because the aggression they predict happens. The fast entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO shouldn’t be a free occasion. And, in the meantime, the German Defense Minister and the Greens, so pacifist themselves, recommend that obligatory navy service be reactivated in Germany. Too a lot scent of smoke to disregard the proximity of the fireplace. I keep in mind a phrase I heard years in the past from a fellow author: “I'm not worried about war, because they will surely kill me on the first day.” Then I assumed it was a joke. I even laughed.

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