A short post today, thanks to Easter childcare duties and to cracked ribs making it tricky to sit and type for too long. (Long story, involving a horse and me who hasn't ridden in over thirty years and will not be doing so again any time soon).
I was looking at the news channels at 4am UK time today, thanks to the rib situation. In the space of less than three months, Trump has brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. It's not exactly an unexpected outcome but it is terrifying all the the same. And as usual it is being compounded by the childlike tweets which issue forth from him.
And yet as this continues, here we are celebrating the Easter festival. The birth of new life, all things Spring, the victory of Jesus against death. Saviour of all. If you were to talk to many of Trump's people - including 'evangelical Catholic' Vice President Mike Pence - the Christian faith is what drives everything they do. They wax lyrical about finding God, dedicating themselves to Jesus, ad infinitum.
I think the Syrians might have something to say about the sincerity of these sentiments. And the Afghans who were bombed with the biggest non-nuclear device every used. And even the North Koreans who have, let's face it, been sabre rattling for years with little real action. I am not defending Assad, ISIS or Kim Jong-Un in the slightest. But it is hard to understand how American 'born again' Christians can believe it would be acceptable to authorise loss of life on such a scale.
Very little coverage was given this Easter to the Pope's Easter message, or so it felt. I am not Catholic and do not relate to the idea of a world leader in that way. But someone or something is urgently needed to bring perspective to a world teetering on the edge of war. It will not be Trump, Kim Jong-Un, Putin or any of the other aggressives who pay the price of nuclear war. They will have bunkers and will survive with their families and their flunkies. Imagine if they bomb the rest of us to hell and they are all that is left to continue the human race...