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This article is about being angry and disgusted with myself, and then rationalizing the thing that angered and disgusts me until I'm okay with what I'm angry with myself for...

And before you ask, I do not know why I then wrote it into an article and post it for the world to read. Really, I don't have a clue, I just know I need to, I guess...

What this is all about? Well, I will try to explain.

Usually, I am one of those people that can overlook a lot of less than admirable things I do, think or feel. I usually do this while condemning and judging other people for doing the same thing, and it's very rare for me to get in a state of mind in which I'm honest with myself and kick my ass, so to speak.

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Very rare doesn't mean it never happens, and it did happen.

Today, however, is one of those rare exceptions where almost immediately after thinking something, and exclaiming about it out loud even though I was alone, I felt disgusted with myself for thinking and saying what I did. And the worst thing of it all is that I genuinely felt like what I thought and said. It wasn't like I thought and said it jokingly or sarcastically.

Enough with the cryptic descriptions! Stop avoiding to say what you thought!!

you're probably thinking "Okay numbnuts, quit stretching it and throw it out there already! What is it you were thinking and saying." and I can't blame you. It's not like I'm stalling to stretch this article but I'm simply even at this moment reluctant to put it into writing and there's a real chance that all this isn't going to be up for everyone to read. Wouldn't be the first time is spent hours on an article only to decide to press CTRL-A and then DEL.

But okay, writing a piece about this without coming clean and telling you what it exactly is.

Well, here goes.

This is a literal quote translated from my thoughts which tend to be in Dutch with a Brabantian accent, and English with an American one mixed together:

"Damngod, for the first time in two frikking years I get to celebrate my birthday at the Masters of Hardcore event and that's the time Putin decides to go into an all-out war, killing innocent civilians by the thousands, while the west shows how hypocritical and sickeningly self-centered they are. Everyone's feeling sorry for the Ukrainians but nobody spares even a single thought for me."


Yes, my reaction was the same as yours. I actually was open-mouthed shocked and held my hand in front of my mouth as if afraid flies would fly into it. Especially when I realized that one of the things that were pissing me off was the West's self-centeredness.

But as shocked as I was, it didn't diminish the feeling of being pissed at a war infringing on my birthday celebration and enjoying Masters of Hardcore (This edition is still called the "Magnum Opus 25 year anniversary edition 2020" as the 2020 and 2021 editions were CovidCancelled.). It didn't take away the annoyance that the low-income part of our society is going to be the ones that are going to bear the consequences of the western governments' hypocritical way of dealing with Putin's middle finger to the EU and US. Sure, sanction this, a sanction that, freeze funds here and freeze other assets there. In the meantime inflation is skyrocketing out of control, Natural gas prices have more than doubled and the first couple of energy companies have gone bankrupt already.

Arguing with... myself?!

I actually ended up in a heated discussion with myself (what we call "Bekvechten") like I was having a psychotic episode or an MPS breakdown or something. I know it sounds stupid but it is no less a fact that I've got at least two totally opposing positions about the whole Russia-Ukrain war. And when I really think through the whole issue, and the consequences and potential consequences I have to conclude that there is more than one opposing view within my brain. How stupid is that?

And here starts the rationalizing by thinking it through to irrationality and beyond.

You see one very strongly held view I have is that the West should have, and still should, put in... I mean IT's money where its mouth was concerning Ukraine's membership in NATO. It's been dangling Nato membership in front of the Ukrainians for years now, with statements that "the doors are opened to Ukraine", but when push comes to shove they've always been scared shitless that it would provoke a severe response from Putin like we saw in Georgia.

Well, how'd that work out for ya? Ooooh shit, it didn't cause Georgia was a company teambuilding survival week compared to what is happening in Ukraine right now.

Here's where the thinking crooked kicks in so I can feel right about the wrong

And how hypocritical can you get? Nato's member nations are all sending the most high-tech weapons, intelligence, and every other type of support they can think of to fight Russia. They're at least co-responsible for the death of 50% of all Russian casualties at this point as the weapons used by the Ukrainians are Turkish (check out the Turkish drone video's of tanks and other armored vehicles being obliterated by hellfire missiles fired from those drones) or straight-up US-made anti tanks weapons (Javelin missile systems sent to Ukraine by the hundreds) and anti-aircraft missiles (Stinger missiles to be exact). And it's not like they're sending the Ukrainians a couple of them. Of the Javelin weapons, they've sent 17.000 (!) and the US alone has shipped, and is shipping, over 1 BILLION dollars worth of weapons to the Ukrainian armed forces!

Wait for iiiiiit.....

But they refuse to let Poland give the Ukrainian airforce their obsolete Mig-29s or to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine. I think if you'd ask Putin or the Russian soldiers, they'd prefer the Mig-29s or the no-fly zone over the Bayraktar TB2 drones, Javelin, and Stingers! So their whole "we're not actively participating in the conflict" bullshit talk is sickening to me. So yes I think NATO should have, and still should, directly intervene by sending troops, imposing a no-fly zone, and kicking the Russian forces out of Ukraine.

Almost there, hang in there.

That's how I feel about it, while on the other hand knowing full well what the consequence of that would be. Point is that I think, or rather I know, that when the Russian casualties begin to really ramp up (which they will as soon as the bulk of the Javelin and stinger weapons arrive in Ukraine) Putin will interpret that as direct intervention by Nato anyway. He's then going to "test Nato's resolve" by taking out the distribution hubs in Poland and Romania where the weapons arrive from all over the world and get loaded onto Ukrainian trucks for transport to the front. That can only be interpreted as an attack on Nato allied territory and a retaliatory strike from Nato on Russian targets.

In short: World War III.

Typing it out like this makes it even more shocking to realize that I am actually in favor of basically starting WWIII!

Now watch me take this absolutely horrifying conclusion to make it Okay!!

One thing this kind of thinking things through to the end result is that it makes the thoughts about it interfering with the happy celebration of my birthday and partying like an idiot all night at a hardcore rave insignificant and even justifiable. The attitude "Better party as much and as hard as you can, because you might not get another chance to for a couple of decades with the Nuclear winter and all." is gaining traction inside my brain right now, which is something I can live with quite nicely. Better than the attitude that drove me to write this piece.

Now you're asking why I would do such a thing, or even if I'm serious...

I too wondered "But is it really okay, to rationalize away the awkward and embarrassing emotions about partying while there's a war going on, in Europe no less, that could easily (so easily I think it's probable if not inevitable) escalate into a global thermonuclear war?" like a lot of you are right now.

Probably not.

But I can choose to do so, or face being depressed, ashamed and embarrassed throughout my birthday and the weekend following it while I'm dancing for 12 hours to the hardcore beats together with 30 to 40 thousand fellow Gabbers who've not been able to "release the pressure" for over two years due to covid. And having boiled it down to that basic choice...

You might wonder if what I write next is a bad joke or just fiction... It is not.

From 22:00 on March 26th until 10:00 on March 27th I'm going to party like it's the last party on Earth, and it's my duty to prove that the Human race is the only species ever to exist that can Party all the way through to its extinction.

Come Monday, March 28th I'll rethink the whole thing and, if needed, feel appropriately ashamed about it. I can always do penance and head to the Ukrainian embassy in the Hague to volunteer for the Ukrainian Foreign legion...

Thanks for reading this. (and sorry for revealing this really really bad side of me)

Stay safe and stay happy!


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1 year ago


NATO is afraid of Russia. Russia is afraid of NATO. Ukraine is not afraid of anyone and successfully beats Russian orcs!!!! No country fights shoulder to shoulder with my nation...they don't even want to close the sky!!! Thousands of people are dying! And yes - iodine will not help you. We have 4 nuclear power plants (15 units total) RADIATION KNOWS NO BORDERS!

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1 year ago

Well now, all respect to you and your country but i do feel the need to remind you that without the Javelins, Switchblades and Stingers you'd be down to the Bayraktars and as far as i know you've got less than 20 of them left. The only reason the Russians are scared shitless and stay away with their tanks and apv's is because the shoulder mounted Javelin's can be used by one man to kill their main battletanks.

Other than that you're right, Nato has dangled nato membership before the Ukrainians for years now (actually one of the reasons Putin's invaded) and now acting like their noses are bleeding. I am ashamed of that. They're even forbidding Poland to hand over their mig29's.

At least the couple thousand switchblades are going to give your warriors the means to make the Russians shit their pants another color of shit soon they should be arriving tomorrow.... not that i know anything about any logistics or anything but you can pick em up in Lviv.

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1 year ago

I agree with you. I'm from romania. Many refugees from Ukraine came here. Until last year, all (or almost all) EU countries showed their military strength on various occasions. Now, we are watching TV, maybe it will end, somehow !! And by the way, I'm going to The Hague with you!

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1 year ago

Awesome! What could possibly go wrong? And... free AK47's!

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1 year ago

NATO are just watching Ukraine suffer.. very bad. 🤦

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1 year ago

Well, not exactly. 17000 javelin anti tank missile launchers, 2000 switchblade suicide anti vehicle drones, bayrakter tb2 drones fitted with hellfire missiles, 20000 assault rifles, personal armor and don't forget the 1000+ stinger anti aircraft missile systems are now in the hands of the ukrainians. That's why the Russians aren't gaining much ground at the moment and resort to artillery strikes to keep the pressure up for the negotiations. So NATO is doing something, just not in the name of Nato and just not "actively" fighting. I agree it's not enough, and its certainly not what they insinuated they'd do to help but it's not nothing.

At least there's that. [edit] by the way, what I predicted about bombing the locations where weapons and goods enter the ukraine.... Lviv is being bombed..... i hate it when I'm right. Everybody stocked up on iodine?[/edit]

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