Let the masks fall | Montreal Magazine

Since last Saturday, with few exceptions, sanitary masks have fallen off in Quebec. This is the most important step towards normalcy since the beginning of the health crisis. The satisfaction and enthusiasm among the residents is certainly evident, but they are different …

Indeed, when we drop the mask, it is a completely different scene of the face that is presented to understanding. Faces that have abandoned their screens of cloth come back to life and our expressions reconnect with happiness.

And so, after two years of individual and group struggle, the fall of sanitary masks has generated in many of us a taste of rediscovered freedom, even a feeling of rebirth.

But although young and old rejoice at this new reality, other concerns are expressed here and there; Especially the increasing number of innocent victims of the war in Ukraine and the increasingly plausible scenario of this conflict that could falter and spread…

So time is still far from rejoicing.

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Despite the apparent position of Western “neutrality”, it is becoming increasingly clear that the mask of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is in fact hiding a wider war.

It is clear that we are heading towards an open war between Russia and the United States surrounded by its Western allies.

Vladimir Putin’s words regarding the possible use of nuclear weapons and the concrete military involvement of NATO led by Joe Biden with the support of the US Congress in this war are troubling.

The geopolitical consequences of this war in terms of casualties, food crisis and potential famine are also worrying.

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The war in Ukraine did not start in February 2022, it began eight years ago. I just changed its speed…

Outside Ukraine, historians will remember that for imperial ambitions, humans will have demonstrated their barbaric genius to provoke and maintain the confrontation that began since the collapse of the former Soviet Union on December 25, 1991.

They will have devoted a little time and energy to cultivating peace. But there is still time for the masked and warlike fighters to allow their fair share of their inner humanity to express itself.

Because the consequences of wars are enormous, we must rightly condemn what is happening in Ukraine, but we must also learn the lessons of Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Congo, Yemen, etc.

All of these contemporary direct and proxy wars lead to the same outcomes, including unhappiness, instability, chaos, terrorism without borders, and state failure.

Today’s globalized world does not need wars. These only benefit a handful of arms dealers and rift predators.

The world needs lasting peace like a face without a mask.

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About the Author: Hermínio Guimarães

"Introvertido premiado. Viciado em mídia social sutilmente charmoso. Praticante de zumbis. Aficionado por música irritantemente humilde."

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