War. If this were a game of Jeopardy, I’m sure most would say: What is struggle? What is pain? What results in the human condition to create it? Okay, so that Jeopardy analogy may have been a stretch, but regardless, the causes of a war are never simple. For instance, think back to World War II. There are several main causes: the turmoil of the Great Depression, Hitler and the Nazis, the unpredictable aggression of Germany, as well as the Treaty of Versailles, which left Germany in ruins. Still, these causes remain in the same category of global unrest. Coming back to today’s crisis in Ukraine, the causes can be traced back to history between Russia and Ukraine within the USSR, and even before, when Eastern Ukraine was attached to the Russian Empire. Most would say that Putin was the origin of the conflict. Comparing this to a family argument, he may have been the annoying little sister who started it. He had his reasons, obviously, but what made him think it was worth the pain? No one can blame a leader for protecting his country, but most everyone can blame a leader for destroying the safety of another. Of course, there was the weak leadership of Ukraine’s previous presidents to blame. It was a completely new country after the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, but no one expected such a horrible crisis to occur.
Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States once said “War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.” I completely agree. War is needed when there is a cause worth fighting for, but people should remember that it’s not a good thing. The war in Ukraine is happening right now. You, yes you, the reader, may not be able to stop it, but know that the money you donate is a life improved, or even saved.