Here we go... again.
This passion for war, cult of death, emptiness obsession and earthly pilgrimage in search of Valhalla, so characteristic of Nordic beliefs also revived by Nazism in the 1930s, acquires paradoxical and abysmal characteristics when we remember that Ukraine is a Christian country.
The Ukrainians turned Jesus into Tyr and this should be considered an offense in any country where Christian religions predominate. But that is not what is happening, with the exception of Orthodox Christianity all other Christians seem mesmerized by the Ukrainian Tyr-Jesus.
And I can only remember one line from the movie The War Lord - 1965:
"He damned the devil's flesh. But women's flesh, he loved. And devils dearly love to masquerade."
Yes, yes, yes... devils dearly love to masquerade in Ukraine now. But that's not a problem for anyone thinking they can profit from a war in the heart of Europe.
There is a fundamental conflict between the Christian religion and the capitalist economy, as it has become totally dependent on the production, export and use of weapons of war. There is no economic growth if the stored weapons are not destroyed.
In order for new weapons to be purchased, Christians must kill one another, even though that was not the teaching of Jesus. But Tyr of course can perfectly adjust to the economic and military demands.
Perhaps this explains why the Norse god of war is taking the place of both Jesus and the Greco-Roman gods of wealth and commerce. And here an important question arises. It is not possible to invoke this masquerade god with traditional Christian prayers.
"O kind, generous, peaceful and compassionate Tyr-Jesus, may you reintroduce war in the world so that the deaths of millions of people may restore the profits of European and American armaments manufacturers. Amen."
I think my prayer suggestion is adequate enough. It's a bit ironic, as there is a fundamental irony in the paradoxical new Ukrainian Christianity.