As usual, I’m a little confused.
We have gone from breathless reports on the deadly scourge of the Virus to breathless reports of the goings on in Ukraine.
There is something missing from those reports however and this is the cause of my confusion.
Most of us I presume will remember George Dubbya’s invasion of Iraq? Remember those scenes of cruise missiles bombarding Baghdad? It was a series of huge explosions, one after another lighting up the night sky..
What have we seen of the war in Ukraine?
There is that scene of the university building burning with part of the roof collapsing. I have seen that many times. There are images of firemen making their way though the rubble of a building. That is becoming very familiar too. Then there is the scene of the nuclear power station being attacked? Basically that shows a few streaks of light and one small explosion that could have been anything.
The papers are full of photographs too. Again, familiar faces keep cropping up. Again we keep seeing firemen entering a demolished building and the same rubble filled courtyard. There was one weird one a couple of days ago of an aged lady walking past a small house which was on fire. But the flames coming through the roof were weird. Little tongues of flames scattered around the tiled roof but little smoke? Frankly it looked a bit Photoshopped [or whatever the video equivalent is]. It’s not the first scene that caused raised eyebrows either.
I have seen several “live” television reports too from the battle areas. Again, things seem to be remarkably quiet. I saw a report last night on one of the channels where the female was dressed in full combat gear and reporting from the side of a road. By the sound of her voice you’d swear bullets where whizzing past her head but apart from the odd distant bang there was just the odd car or van driving past.
Whatever happened to that convoy? You know the one. The one that’s a forty kilometre [or something] long of heavy armour that’s on the outskirts of the city. They seem to have forgotten all about that?
I’m not saying there isn’t a war going on. I’m not saying people aren’t suffering.
What I do know is that I don’t know what’s actually going on.