Putin, Biden and Zelenskyy are all actors in the latest installment of the massive, inhumane pissing match universally known as The War for Oil

28 March 2022 | James Porteous | Clipper Media News

The Wars for Oil: When you Live by the Sword James Porteous

Well, it took an act of violence to finally knock ‘Ukraine Crisis’ off the front pages for at least a short time.

In case you missed it, the actor Will Smith took it upon himself to actually, and very publicly, (allegedly) assault fellow actor Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife at the Oscars Copyright ©2022 by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Photo: Smith shocked the world when he took a swing at Rock for a joke about wife Jada Pinkett Smith.Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

“Jada, I love you, ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it,” Rick said, which caused 50-year-old Pinkett Smith — who suffers from alopecia and has shaved her head — to roll her eyes.

“G.I. Jane” is a 1997 movie starring a bald-headed Demi Moore as a soldier.

Initially, Smith, 53, laughed, but then he marched on stage and took a swing at a shocked Rock.

The audio was censored, but lip readers parsed that a furious Smith shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.”

Thankfully, the moment seems to have passed without Sean Penn complaining that President Zelenskyy was not offered the role of lead roustabout.

And Joe Biden has yet to proudly proclaim that ‘this man cannot remain in show business.’

And nor has Putin managed to once again invoke the name of J. K. Rowling.

A minute of silence was observed at the Oscars supporting the Ukrainian people. Many celebrities wore badges or ribbons on the red carpet supporting Ukraine. Benedict Cumberbatch, Jason Momoa, Francis Coppola, Diane Warren, Joe Walker and others are among them.

All very funny and timely, isn’t it? War humour. Or even ‘gallows’ humour.

Smith’s violence will be brushed aside as a product of The Stress of Fame, but should we accept such violence as a ‘natural’ part of human life? 

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told that the Starstreak system — a shoulder-mounted missile that travels at more than three times the speed of sound to take down low-flying enemy jets — was ready to be used imminently in Ukraine. 

The violence in our lives. Not the lives of Putin, or Biden or Zelenskyy. Each will tell you that killing innocent people in Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Ukraine et al. is normal!

And after 20 years of sort of watching the deaths of perhaps millions of truly innocent people, we have apparently bought into the idiotic notion that any war is acceptable, just so long as we ‘win’ the oil.

And so the carnage in Ukraine has become a simple, one-dimensional news story involving ‘failed battles’ that still kill people, insane increases in all ready insane military budgets, record-breaking ‘sanctions’ and comedic impersonations of Putin.

But make no mistake, this is and always will be a war about oil.

Rallies in support of Ukraine took place almost all over the world today 🇺🇦 
People took to the streets in Ireland, Germany, Austria, USA, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Bulgaria, Latvia, Greece, Sweden and other countries. 

After a full month of watching horrid if sanitized videos of the war in Ukraine, we are hip to the violence.

Never mind that we don’t actually see what is really happening to the ‘troops’ from Ukraine or Russia. 

‘A new round of negotiations is ahead, because we are looking for peace. Our priorities in the negotiations are known. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are beyond doubt. Effective security guarantees for our state are mandatory. Our goal is obvious – peace and the restoration of normal life in our native state as soon as possible.’

Never mind that the ‘refugees’ are being moved about like actual pawns, many of whom are choosing to return to the violence of their homes rather than sit for days in damp basements waiting for visas or food that might never come.

Never mind the hungry children or those left behind who may literally be starving to death in their own version of our man-made hell.

How would we possibly know if that is true? It is enough that we know the war is about peace in Europe.

(And just for the record, we don’t ever want the fingers of Putin, Biden or Zelenskyy anywhere near the nuclear button.)

Against the backdrop of the largest land war in Europe since World War II, Biden declared, “We must commit now to be in this fight for the long haul. We must remain unified today and tomorrow and the day after and for the years and decades to come.”

Biden’s New Forever War

But for now, most people will continue to take comfort in the knowledge that Zelenskyy has been elevated to the role of savior.

And he knows, as we do, that everything will be fine just so long as ‘the good guys’ win the new contracts to ship the Liquefied natural gas (LNG)  to replace the old bad, bad Russian oil.

And, like every other War for Oil we have seen, the victors will not be seen dancing in the streets, but they will (and let’s face it, they already are) huddled in secure rooms in the White House planning the next War for Oil.

And please, don’t feel too bad if Zelenskyy is not invited to join the next war for oil. He will have earned his keep.


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