Selfies can get annoying, and the selfie stick may be the worst invention since the vuvuzela. However, never in my wildest dreams did I think that selfies would reach the point when they started to affect international affairs. And yet, as noted by Vox and Vice News:
Vice News’s Simon Ostrovsky, in a new report, tracks the social media postings of a Russian soldier to prove that Putin is lying and that Russia is in fact at war in Ukraine.
The entire story is worth reading; it juxtaposes Ostrovsky in the same positions as a Russian soldier named Bato Dambaev. The photos show Dambaev near Ukraine, and then IN Ukraine. In other words, the invasion has, more or less, already begun.
This isn’t the first time I have written about how the stupidity of soldiers is now literally getting people killed; less than two weeks ago, I wrote about how an ISIS selfie resulted in an airstrike on the command compound in which the selfie was taken. And, in August of last year, a similar story revealed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as well.
It’s pretty astounding to me that, in a society as secretive as Russia, the military allows it’s members to hold onto their own personal communication devices. I would hope that, this being the case, the military (and really, any military!) would make sure to put a premium on training: “Hey, guys, if we are engaged in covert operations, maybe no selfies, mmmm ‘k?”
And yet, here we are. Who needs military intelligence when you can rely on the egotism of young men?