Last few weeks I found myself completely knocked out of my daily routine. How do you go about normal business, when the world is burning, starting with your country of birth and youth? “The future is already here — It’s just not very evenly distributed” – said a famous science fiction author. Replace “the future” with “World War 3” and you’ll get the idea of what has been bothering me. Yet most people still do not fully grasp the gravity of what is happening in the world simply because they don’t pay as much attention to geopolitics and the specifics of the conflict around Ukraine
Why am I so sensitive to all this?
After coming to the US, I kept this part of my identity, which I now describe as a “Russian-speaking, Ukrainian-born Jewish American”. Over years I stayed in touch, followed the politics of post-USSR countries, and conducted business over there. When the Russian-Ukrainian war first broke out in 2014, I took informal part in the information campaign, starting one of the largest FB groups dedicated to the topic that grew to 30K+ members. I have received death threats from pro-Russian militants and dared them to actually follow through. But nothing that happened during the 2014 “hybrid war” prepared me for 2022
Let me make this clear – I see Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022 as equivalent to Hitler’s invasion of Poland in 1939 that irrevocably changed the world. Lots of people may find Nazi analogies overly dramatic, but I believe they are 100% accurate here. We are talking about a war of aggression to restore a fallen empire, unite mythical “one people”, and cleanse all the dissenters through a form of genocide. This is what is at stake here. We are barely starting to feel the shockwaves in America, though everyone can already see the higher prices at the gas pump. The dominoes just started falling and it will take many years to fix the mess created here. Ukraine is fighting for our entire free world and getting very limited help. Further escalation is inevitable
The answer came through the massive outpouring of support I received from my Realtor colleagues over the last few weeks. I realized that I may be able to make the greatest impact by helping organize and channel this support – into tangible help for the Ukrainian cause
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