It’s bad enough being a local civilian caught up in war while living in your own community. Coming into that same war as a soldier has it’s pitfalls too for obvious reasons…you’re there to fight your “enemy.”
But to come into a war as an individual, whether a “mercenary” fighter, humanitarian, private security adviser (just looking to give advice to someone…anyone) or freelance journalist…you’re all walking in completely blind.
Most no matter the profession, will seek a local hire to be the eyes and ears and interpreter in order to help you on your way. Simply by doing that, you are dragging yet another individual into danger.
As if the wars of the last 20 years haven’t been bloody enough, with one side’s technology versus devastating bloody improvisation, we’ve seen on our screens Ukraine’s war is already the bloodiest of them all. How many Ukrainians and Russians are dying, wasting away or running away each day? Well we don’t really know because no one is really able to count accurately, we can only have estimates. Not only are there mass shallow graves being constructed where possible, but there are bodies lying in the streets for stray dogs to feed from. People eating snow because that’s all that’s available. Munitions being dropped on civilians against International law. Do you really think that if you go there as an individual and get yourself in the shit anyone on the ground will really care? I guarantee that as the days turn into weeks, and the weeks turn into months every individual moving out there will be a big target. Trauma, hunger, hatred, survival will all take it’s toll, and pretty soon no one will be thinking rationally.
International law, ha ha ha…. Please tell me a war where International law was obeyed throughout by all of the sides fighting! When I was a soldier many moons ago, the only people adhering to International law was ourselves…one hand tied behind our backs while fighting an enemy using both hands. That’s not to suggest of course that we fight the same way as our enemy. We hoped that at least once the war was over that our enemy’s leadership got taken to account, but that rarely happened.
I would argue that given the participating parties in this war, that it will become the closest of complete disasters in the last 80 years. That’s some disaster given Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen et all.
So after 3 weeks or so since the latest war began reminding me of all that I’ve seen on film and read about of the scenes from WW2 at their bloodiest and most disgusting, we still have Western individuals joining and “wandering” around the battle grounds like headless chickens, no matter their “professional” reason for being there.
Again on the current death toll, how many Westerners have been killed, wounded or captured/kidnapped? Well again, we don’t really know, and we’ll probably only get a handle on it long after the war has ended (if not escalating into the rest of Europe), when only known individuals who have stepped into the war don’t step back out again.