100 or 200,000 dead, in total or for both sides is too many dead and a senseless heart wrenching waste. That should be the main point and what the top military advisor in the U.S., General Mark Milley has himself pointed out, that this war is causing unacceptable human suffering and he said we should use this winter to pursue diplomacy. Instead, NATO blindly escalates this proxy war, one that could even lead to nuclear Armageddon. It is madness. I don't care about the exact amount of dead, I care about seeing it stop and I will work against the prevailing pro war narrative by the comfy armchair warriors to question everything my government is spewing about their latest quagmire.

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Yes, this resonates and is something I have written about for years. Patriotism ceased to have meaning for me at the start of my high school days during the U.S. war on Vietnam. Anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of history, seeing the effects of colonialism and imperialism on conquered countries and regions, should come to the same conclusion. The ill effects of nationalism/patriotism would take thousands of pages to detail, but one is that national boundaries, protected by "patriots" create desperate heart wrenching situations for migrants, people trying to flee wars and poverty. Imagine a world without countries. I wonder if you can...

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I appreciate the acknowledgement that lowering the threshold (for concepts of harm) increases victims AND alleged perpetrators. This is important if you have been unfairly accused of harming someone, and perhaps called out on that on social media or in a family setting. Suddenly, something innocuous you said or did or forgot to say is overblown and you are considered a bad person or "toxic" with no authentic justification. Ironically, the alleged perp who is reacted to punitively, without cause, might develop their own mental health problems feeling traumatized/bullied/gaslighted. Great insights in this article. Thank you!

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Krisgronquist

Writer, researcher, internationalist, an anti-racist who supports reparations for Black and Indigenous people. American settler of Swedish descent.