The War of the Worlds

Ronnie Apteker
4 min readOct 14, 2023

No one would have believed
In the last years of the nineteenth century
That human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space
No one could have dreamed that we were being scrutinized
As someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water
Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets
And yet, across the gulf of space
Minds immeasurably superior to ours
Regarded this Earth with envious eyes
And slowly and surely, they drew their plans against us

This is from the opening of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds. I have the vinyl records somewhere in the cupboard and I also have a couple of sets of the CDs. This opening text was narrated by Richard Burton. A creative masterpiece. And yes, no one wants to believe that our free world could be attacked. That evil wants to burn it down to the ground. And this is what is happening right now. We don’t have to wait for Mars.

Ukraine, Israel and South Africa are at war. Tragically, SA has statistics for a country at war. The murder rate is insane and violence is a way of life. It is very very sad. And then there are bombs, tanks, canons, and guns firing non-stop in Ukraine, and now, we have the same devastation unfolding in Israel. Evil is spreading. I will bet that WW III is not far away.

How did the world get to this point?! Sure, there is a lot of evil out there, and it appears to be spreading. But I don’t believe that the masses are evil. The reality is that there are some twisted and unhinged leaders on our planet. Like that madman from North Korea, who has nuclear weapons. I would not be surprised if Kim Jong Un attacked South Korea, who doesn’t have nuclear weapons.

Corruption and perverted capitalism are the seeds of this evil. That is what I believe. Taken to new levels by people like Trump, Putin, etc. But it is not just these mumsers, it is everywhere, including in Israel, which is now in all the news. Israel took its eye off the ball. They have their own corruption, greed and in-fighting to deal with, and they were fast asleep as to the real problems. Greed sits at the center of all of this. This is what I believe too.

Greedy, corrupt, selfish people have brought us to this point. Sadly, I don’t believe there is a solution. I can’t see the greedy suddenly become a whole lot kinder en masse. And all this money making and taking, has left America, for example, weak. The selfishness is peaking and so is the lack of compassion. This is probably why America is so divided. It was easy for a lunatic like Trump to stir up the neglected masses. And the same goes for many other parts of the world. Russia, on the other hand, is more about brainwashing, but for sure, the masses there have so little to lose, so little self-respect. It is easy for a madman like Putin to fire them up. And if they don’t comply they simply get sent to Siberia.

Don’t get me wrong. I am selfish too. We are all selfish. But there are levels that most won’t go beyond. Unfortunately, it only takes a few with power to push us over the edge.

America used to set the pace in the world. Not anymore. Their inward focus and weakness is clear to China and to Russia. Putin, for example, is constantly seeing how far he can push things. And he will keep on taking chances. And by doing so, it is giving other dictators the confidence to also try get away with evil. Hamas is an example of evil that saw weakness and made its move.

I believe war is on Europe’s doorstep. If Ukraine falls, God forbid, then WW III will be upon us. But it could also start somewhere else. North Korea may be the catalyst. Or perhaps China will invade Taiwan. Who knows any more. But anything is possible.

In Ukraine the people there are most likely mentally equipped for WW III. I think the same goes for Israel. And I would argue, in South Africa too. Phew, I am therefore very well prepared. But Americans, for example, are not. They are fast asleep, in my view. They spend their time on so much rubbish. Just turn on the news any day of the week. The writing is on the wall.