Walking this afternoon, down the hill from our house, I saw this dark cloud above the snow-covered field and noted the barbed wire fence angling along the road I was walking on.
It is depressing to witness (through the media) a militarily powerful country impose its will on a less powerful country. It is a matter of control, I thought, and the history of the barbed wire fence echoes what we’ve been seeing today.
Barbed wire was invented to control animals. It was good at that because it could hurt the animals that tried to cross the border it protected.
How do you sell a fence to animal owners who value their animals and do not want to see them injured?
You convince potential customers that they are threatened by vicious savages, by recently freed slaves, by the likes of “dudes” like Oscar Wilde (touring America at the time).
If you want to invade Ukraine, you try to convince (some of) the public that Russians in Ukraine are threatened by genocidal forces and thus the violence you are inflicting on the country is necessary.
For more on control through violence, see Lyn’s and my book The Perfect Fence: Untangling the Meanings of Barbed Wire https://doublevisionbooks.wixsite.com/the-perfect-fence