The Iron Curtain – dusting off the ice

I was born in what most believe to be the post Cold War era, in 1992. However, most argue (as I once did in a university assignment), the Cold War has never ended, only thawed to a sustainable degree.

Since Yanukovych rejected the EU for closer ties with Russia a few months ago, the response we have seen was perhaps inevitable. However, we may see the smiles on the faces of the protestors, now that their vilified leader is now deposed. But what is next for the ex Soviet state?

Ukraine

Ukraine has a past of being divided, and only became a unified nation as a Soviet Republic in the 19th century, and only an independent nation-state in 1991. It took just 13 years for the Orange Revolution, which heralded Yushchenko and Tymoshenko as it’s heros.

Yet, here we are. Only another 10 years have past, and the hugely divided nation is once again upturned. Yanukovych is ousted, (in what his Eastern supporters portray as an illegal coup), Tymoshenko is released two years into her seven year sentence, but looking a far cry from the woman we last saw.

One thing is for sure, this nation is hugely divided, and it is a deep seated divide. One which could have drastic consequences for the country, it’s people and perhaps the world.

The west is pro-EU, the East is staunch Yanukovych and supports more alignment to Putin’s Russia, in a Soviet satellite relationship. This will effect any future elections somewhat more than people think, and will definitely not result in huge landslides, for either side. Looking more extremely, could this even result in a split nation, totally divided by opinion, driven to the drastic decision to severe into two?

My ‘harking’ to the stagnant days of the Cold War was not without substance. As you can see by my title, I fully believe this is a unique situation that Ukraine, and Europe has found itself in. If the nation does become so violently split in it’s political allegiance, then what becomes of the thaw?

Will the iron curtain, (albeit a lot, lot smaller) begin to freeze once more?

Murray’s Return

Glenn Murray scored 31 goals last term, he got us promoted. Wilf scared teams, Muzza scored goals.

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We are lucky as a club to now see ourselves above some ‘Staying-Up Stalwarts’ in WBA, Fulham and Sunderland. We owe that largely to Mr Pulis and his sheer determination to keep his record of never having been relegated alive and well.

However, I am of the opinion that the greatest event of this season so far; better than any signing, goal, cross or even change in management, is the return of the one and only Glenn Murray.

He will add even more passion to the fan’s chanting, home and away. He will scare defenders when they realise this is the man that scored 31 goals in one season. He is the man that can score with his head, left and right. He will fight for the club with blood sweat and tears.

I look at the club in 2010 at Hillsborough. Every player would’ve given their lives for the club then.

Now, im not so sure. Perhaps that is Premier League football, or maybe the standard of player Warnock wanted? Or both.

Hill, Derry, Ambrose, Paddy, Jules, Scannell, Butterfield. All loved the club and you could tell.

Now, I would only say; Jules, Delaney, Murray are in the same category.

We need that passion, we need to dig in, we need some luck. We need 14 points.

We need Murray.