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Viva Nox (The Vivid Night)— At the West End Gallery

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

― Desmond Tutu

For the things you know are right
It’s the truth that the truth makes them so uptight

–Sly Stone, Stand!

Well, Kviv and Ukraine make it through another night, still stand this morning. They have already lasted longer against a Russian takeover than the Republican party.

It is far from over and will most likely result in hundreds, if not thousands, of additional civilian deaths beyond the over 200 Ukrainians men, women and children already killed by Russia’s random rocket attacks on cities and villages. This includes hospitals and all sorts of residential areas.

A human tragedy.

But the Ukraine resistance has been remarkable and smart. I viewed video yesterday from a vehicle going down a road as it passed dozens of burned out Russian support vehicles which carried all sorts of equipment from fuel to temporary bridges and large excavators.

Behind every invading force there is a trailing line of support carrying the supplies needed to execute the invasion. This is called a logistics tail. The idea of attacking a logistics tail is that you can cut off the invading force from the fuel, food, and ammunition needed to resupply, effectively isolating them. This shortens the window of opportunity for the invading force to conquer the attacked nation. If the invaders don’t get the job done within this window after losing their logistics tail, they become very vulnerable to counterattacks and potential defeat.

It’s an immensely vital aspect of warfare that is often overlooked by casual observers, such as myself. The saying is: Amateurs talk tactics and professionals talk logistics.

I am hoping that the Ukraine forces have been able to cripple the Russian logistics tail enough so that it soon becomes apparent that a lasting victory and occupation will be impossible to achieve and that the Russians will be forced to sue for peace and withdraw.

But until that time, it’s a nation in the midst of a humanitarian and existential crisis. The lives and futures of so many innocent people are at stake. It is also important for the rest of the world in that it provides a glimpse of what might be in all our futures if might overcomes right.

Let’s hope that the people of Ukraine can remain standing. 

Here’s Sly and the Family Stone and their song Stand! for this week’s Sunday morning music.

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