Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Clown World in Ukraine

Coulrophobia is a fear of clowns. Given that there are many clowns in positions of power across the world who are forcing the implementation of actions which, to a sane person are far into the realms of madness, then the fear of clowns, add to that politicians and capitalism itself, is an extremely rational attitude to hold.

It’s reported that Ukrainian circus performers have been designated a special category and are exempt from the meat grinder that is wasting so many lives in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

‘The government in Kiev has designated several circus troupes as enterprises of critical importance, whose employees will be exempt from mobilization.

President Vladimir Zelensky has enacted changes to the draft allowing the army to conscript 25-year-olds and abolishing several categories of exemptions from military service. However, certain state employees can still avoid the draft if their work is considered ‘critical’.

The Travelling Circus of Ukraine and five other troupes have been designated as “critically important enterprises... for the functioning of the economy and ensuring the livelihoods of the population during a special period,” Verkhovna Rada member Yaroslav Zheleznyak wrote on his Telegram channel.

In addition to lowering the mobilization age, Zelensky’s reforms envision creating an electronic database of eligible conscripts. That way, Ukrainians won’t be able to avoid call-up papers, as many have been doing. Another amendment has abolished a range of medical disabilities disqualifying one from military service, requiring certain disease sufferers to face a medical commission again.

Ukraine has had to rely on forced conscription to replenish its frontline units, due to a shortage of volunteers and a high number of battlefield casualties. ‘

A Ukrainian Lord Kitchener wannabe, Land Forces Commander Aleksandr Pavlyuk has warned that,’ Ukrainian citizens must realize that none of them will be able to escape mobilization as Kiev’s military suffers personnel shortages.’

He ‘urged Ukrainians “to put aside their emotions,” and enlist in the Armed Forces, stating that “the army and the people are inseparable” and that “the protection of the state is the constitutional duty of a citizen. It is necessary to understand that no one can sit this out. The face of the country, the fate of our people is at stake.’ He stressed that it is still lacking in manpower.’

What emotions are these that should be ignored? Ones that govern self-preservation and the strong desire, not having suicidal tendences, to avoid the high chances of being killed or wounded in the protection of the state?

The ‘state’ that Pavlyuk refers to is the a capitalist interests one, not one that the working class owe any allegiance to.

‘Previously, the general had said he felt no sympathy for any Ukrainians who had died while trying to avoid being forcibly drafted into military service and suggested that no such feelings should be expressed towards draft dodgers because it undermines mobilization efforts.

That was after reports revealed that dozens of Ukrainian men had drowned while trying to swim across the Tisza River on the border with Romania to escape enlistment. Additionally, the Ukrainian Border guard service released images of officers beating and humiliating dozens of men who were caught during attempts to be smuggled across the Ukrainian border.

The Russian Defence Ministry says Ukraine has lost more than 80,000 troops since January and more than 444,000, including 166,000 killed, seriously wounded, or captured, since the beginning of the conflict.’


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