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“Opinion from Canada. Nuke Russia now. Submitted on 2015/03/05 at 22:23. ”

My grandmother was a young Jewish girl in Leningrad when WWII started. For safety reasons she had to change her nationality into “Russian” in her passport. I’ve been to Germany a few times, met locals. If we consider the horrors of the Holocaust, should I hate the Germans? If we think about a possibility that it might have been their grandfathers in the army back then . . .

The simple answer is – no. To remain human or not is the choice that everyone needs to make within oneself. And everyone will have to take responsibility for the choice they made at some point.

The following column is an answer to the comment Finland Today got from Canada relating to an article of Russia questioning Finland from participating in a military exercise with the US. In general, Russia is portrayed as the bad boy and comments like that are increasing on the internet because of the prolonged conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which started in February 2014.

The place of birth does not define a person. Rudeness defines a person. Cruelty, indifference defines a person.

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is breaking families. And not just by killing people. There are other issues as well. A huge amount of Russian people have relatives living in Ukraine. What else could there be since at some point there was no actual border between the countries? People take sides, friends stop talking to each other, families break and for what? Who can tell what is really going on? No one can. Unfortunately, the bombs flying across the skies are not covered with the portraits of those who sent them. However, all the mass media are telling completely different stories.

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I talked about the subject with a few people living in Finland with Ukrainian or Russian background. Some of those who agreed to talk had lost relatives in the conflict.

[alert type=red ]Babies develop using their own cognitive experience. That means that so can adults. All I am saying is that before insisting that another person is good or bad, go and talk to him, listen to him, walk a mile in his shoes. [/alert]

A Russian fashion designer, who has just visited her fiancé in the army, said that no one from this particular military base went anywhere in Ukraine. All of them are going home soon. Moreover, the men there are not contracted, they are just going through the months of training everyone else did at a certain age. If there are in fact Russians on Ukrainian territory, it is their choice.

After the war started, a Russian woman went for vacation to Czech by car and someone threw a stone in her window when she was going through a village. Why? What if there are children in the vehicle?

This war is an information one and because it continues, someone is making a profit out of it. It is an old story, really – sponsor the conflict and get rich selling the arms to both sides. The story keeps on repeating itself: this happened before but the humankind does not seem to be able to learn by its own mistakes. Babies develop using their own cognitive experience. That means that so can adults. All I am saying is that before insisting that another person is good or bad, go and talk to him or her, listen to him or her, walk a mile in their shoes.

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Humans are not about where they are coming from. The place of birth does not define a person. Rudeness defines a person. Cruelty, indifference defines a person. The way he or she is treating parents, friends, family, loved ones, animals, those who are weaker – that defines a person. The colour of the passport does not define a person, no.

I have Ukrainian friends. Sometimes I walk the dog with one of them. No matter what is going on, it should not affect people and interpersonal relationships because that is exactly what those promoting the issue want.

The bottom line is that what is going on in Ukraine and Russia right now is completely unnecessary. In addition to the casualties, the currency exchange rates dropped significantly in both countries. The weakening of the currency led to lowering of the buying abilities of local people. Prices went up. And all of that affects mostly the middle and lower class. Poor people become poorer every day.

So, for the trigger-happy Canadian – who ever you are. Let’s stay off the nukes. Ok?