Don’t Start A Fight You Cannot Fight

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” ~ Yoda

When I was a teenager in high school, I got into many fights with other boys on almost daily basis. Writing everything about these experiences will probably require many posts but one lesson I learned in that period was to avoid the fights I could not fight even when I was sure I would emerge as the winner. Some conflicts must be avoided completely.

One such conflict that must be avoided at all cost is the conflict between… the giants of the world: United States, Russia, and China. Even though I planned not writing about current events, I cannot stop myself in this case. Other countries are also giants along different dimensions but these three have the current moral obligation to maintain world order in addition to maintaining order within their borders. The latest conflict between Russia and the US using Georgia must have been prevented at all cost. Today’s move by Russia to recognize the independence of two regions alarms me greatly. The conflict is not being avoided or deescalated. Instead the situation continues to worsen.

I am not going to discuss the historical dimensions, or the complexity of the current situation on the world stage. All I want to say is that I know many Russian families and many American families and one thing we all have in common is the unending desire to guarantee life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for us and our children. This does not have to come at the expense of one another. I hope the continued escalation will stop soon so we can avoid more death and destruction. It’s impossible to tell who will become the winner in this case, but I can say for certain that both sides are going to be losers in the long run if the conflict continues.

There are hundreds if not thousands of people on all sides working hard on the current situation. I’m fascinated how so many individuals trying to make the right decisions every minute end up as a whole making the wrong moves. History will determine the magnitude of the mistakes. For example, the collective decisions during the past world war cost many millions of lives and for what? I’ll write the story of my grandparents some day as an example.

Every generation of Armenians has lived through some tragedy. I very much hope and pray that does not apply to my generation. I hope you agree that some fights cannot be fought and must be avoided and prevented completely.

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