The preferred dialog amongst younger males in my courses at Moffat County Excessive College, and certain others everywhere in the nation is WWIII.
“Hey Coach, you assume we’ll get drafted?” “Do you assume they’ll use nuclear bombs?” “What do you assume we’ll do if Russia doesn’t cease attacking Ukraine?” “Would you battle when you had been drafted, Coach?”
Widespread questions and customary considerations a few not-so-common occasion within the lives of most highschool seniors. Now we have all lived via some essential and typically earth-shattering world conflicts however, this appears to be one which has gotten the eye of American youngsters as a result of it would have an effect on them in ways in which they haven’t needed to be involved with earlier than the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
I ask our younger males who’re dedicated to becoming a member of the army after graduating from highschool, they usually inform me that they aren’t too involved. They will need to have some insider info, as a result of if it was certainly one of my sons; I’d be fearful, scared, and a bit freaked out. However knowledge tells us that at this level within the Ukraine-Russia “battle,” no one on this aspect of the ocean ought to be too instantly fearful about an imminent draft or escalation of American forces (however we all know that may all change pretty shortly).
Nevertheless, once I communicate with a few of our international trade college students, they’ve some totally different ideas about what’s going on of their a part of the world. Two college students from Spain simply assume Putin is a “loopy man.” However a pupil who involves Craig from Poland has different considerations and worries about what is going to occur if the conflict spills over into her nation. She worries about not being round her household however is conflicted as a result of she is aware of that she is secure the place she is correct now.
Battles midway world wide have an effect on our perspective and psyche as we attempt to wind down our considerations in regards to the worldwide pandemic and now we get hit with this type of information. It’s straightforward to say that battles throughout the globe are half and parcel of dwelling in a world of people that don’t at all times agree and have totally different concepts about what constitutes regular life. The shared values of our NATO alliance ought to present some sense of safety and powerful voice for the values of freedom and democracy.
We are able to say rather a lot about what we see occurring and help teams which can be organizing to assist the folks affected by this conflict, however it’s a bizarre, uneasy feeling to look at the information and know that there actually isn’t something we are able to do besides monitor one man who will make decisions that may have a ripple impact all through the whole world. It’s price contemplating how a lot our decisions and selections will have an effect on these round us.
Hopefully wars, and rumors of extra wars, will begin to open up the dialog once more round what our shared values are and the way we use phrases like freedom and democracy as extra than simply speaking factors. Onward historical past — let’s hope and pray for the very best final result.