The Daily Paradox

The growth of NATO

It wasn’t inevitable. Everyone was content to keep NATO one country away from the Russian border. Or two, if you include Sweden. NATO has been seen as aggressive, assertive, calm, dormant and essential in turns. By its nature it responds; its inclination is to be proactive. Like all military operations it wants the best forward…
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America’s lot

There have been many questions about the role of the United States in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. They revolve around the leadership of the Western World. They include thoughts about the manipulation of countries, information, weapons and individuals. They deal with the increasing use of false information. They also involve the assumed advantage…
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Spiritually bankrupt?

No, the world isn’t spiritually bankrupt. There is still beautiful music, sensational ballet, wondrous opera, outstanding painting and many other arts and crafts that testify to humankind’s ability to express the voice of whoever is our God. Nature herself provides endless opportunities for seeing the miracle of creation. And all of this can be brought…
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When Russia invaded Ukraine

Zoey Lim  Terrific Mentors International 24 February 2022, when Russia invaded Ukraine, Poland, Romania and Slovakia opened their doors to Ukrainian women and children. America, the European Union and the United Kingdom hit Russia with sanctions. Russian citizens walked the streets in demonstration. When Russia invaded Ukraine, voices of dedication rang, “I am an adult…
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Critical Moments

When a madman is at loose expect many Critical Moments. That’s why Russia’s war with Ukraine is a series of near disasters and an equal number of opportunities. Sociopaths do reach high office. Their cunning – which partly describes them – and their pathological fixation on what they want to achieve are a formidable combination,…
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The Power of Words

The Power of Words first appeared in Business Times on 21 March 2022 https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/leadership-management/the-power-of-words Whichever view we have about the Ukrainian War most of us will have two lasting memories – first, the dreadfulness of war at any time but especially in 2022 and second, the amazing power the Ukrainian President has managed to bring…
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Putin’s War

One day – in how many years from now I know not – you will be my age, teetering on the brink of ninety. I hope you will remember Putin’s War.  Unless you are Ukrainian or a Russian military you won’t have lived directly through it. But you will have watched the news reports, seen the…
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The Truth from Poland

It was the invasion of Poland that started WWII. I remember it well, but not as well as the Polish people of my age do. It started a grim, debilitating and disastrous war. It is interesting, therefore, to find Mateusz Morawiecki, the Prime Minister of Poland, concluding his statement on 27 Feb 22 with these words “Peace…
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RasPutin rises 

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia leaves the rest of us looking fragile. The sanctions imposed as acts of objection to carnage and destruction are pathetic gestures. They are shows of weakness, almost of not caring – though there are many of us who do care deeply. They are an invitation to others to make…
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Giving yourself away

Zoey Lim, Terrific Mentors International Deborah, a 17 year old intern working with a company took some money from the petty cash. She was found out. Manager Z was greatly concerned and wanted to help. He cared for her feelings and wanted to avoid a nasty confrontation. He tried easing into the conversation by asking…
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