While I have a lot to say about Ukraine, I have refrained because frankly what I think doesn’t actually matter. Maybe I’ll write about it later after I’ve had more time to think. But this caught my eye this morning from The Economist and I felt compelled to share:
“Spirited resistance across Ukraine—from Berdyansk on the Azov Sea to Sumy in the north-east—has been backed up by a widespread unwillingness to acquiesce in the parts of the country where Ukraine has lost control. There is no evidence of Vladimir Putin’s soldiers being welcomed anywhere. The mood is generally one of contempt. In Konotop, a town in Sumy oblast, a local woman was filmed asking a Russian tank-driver if he knew about the town’s literary association with the occult. “Every second woman is a witch here,” she told him. “Tomorrow you won’t be able to get your dick to stand up.”
The Ukrainians might lose this war. Or they might have to fight a smoldering conflict for years where the violence constantly ramps up and down, like in Donbas since 2014 only throughout the whole country. But in general, as human history shows, you at least have a decent shot at a future provided a people, a culture are willing to tell evil people to fuck off. Here’s to witchcraft.