18 August 2019, Sunday, 21:24
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‘The God of War’ Is in Minsk

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‘The God of War’ Is in Minsk

An emergency may happen again at any of the following firework shows.

It's officially reported that July 3, more than 5 thousand servicemen of the Armed Forces of Belarus, including soldiers from several foreign countries, participated in the military parade in Minsk. To demonstrate the peaceful power of the country, almost three hundred tanks, armoured vehicles, about fifty helicopters and planes were involved.

In general, the event, to the relief of organizers and the command, to the joy of Minsk residents, had no obvious failures. None of the girls marching in close ranks lost their shoes, as it happened before Drivers kept their cars from hitting lamp poles. Official sources confirm this citing eyewitnesses. When the column of armoured vehicles was marching to the place of location, the armoured car lost traction on Surganova Street, but the driver kept it from the busy sidewalk.

Now many, first of all, city bystanders who avoided the driving-over wonder what would have happened if the tank hadn't stopped. After all, they remember the statement of the Belarusian leader that the Belarusian Hydrometeorologist have 50-70% of guarantees for his forecasts. Unlike military meteorologists, their forecasts are 100% justified. The conclusion is that if a tank hits a "lady with her luggage: a sofa, a suitcase, a travelling bag, a painting, a basket, a cardboard box and a non-pedigree dog," for example, she will be left in pieces and puddles.

In general, tanks and armoured personnel carriers lose many of their qualities in urban conditions. Especially during the war. It is known that ruins fire point-blank. Therefore, smart generals try not to use tanks in urban conditions. In general, wherever tanks go, they pose a threat to people's lives. It may be a battle, a march, manoeuvres or on city streets crowded with peaceful people and driven by simple curiosity or patriotic feelings.

To be honest, there should be no artillery in town. The God of war always strives to choose a target but never hits it with the first shot. He requires adjustment of fire, which means that one accurate shot needs several adjustments, which, as a rule, cause damage to many random objects and people. Sometimes, not being able to get a fixed target, the batteries hit the sky. They hope that a random projectile will hit an enemy fire point or even the headquarters of the hostile division. This method is not pitiful.

There is a reason why the theory of probability is one of the main disciplines in ballistics. According to it, the target is always hit by chance. For a reason, artillery is called the God of War. It kills more than other types of weapons, but it also kills chance people. It happens not out of malice, but by virtue of the theory of probability. After all, all the shells lobbed with or without a target fall down. And falling bullets, shells, mines, fragments kill those who turn into their random target.

Therefore, everyone is advised not to shoot off and simply not to shoot off in numerous places. For example, in cities, when the authorities hold folk festivals.

Apparently, this recommendation was violated on July 3.

For example, an entrepreneur who owns tents and pavilions near the fireworks launch site complains that he came to work on July 4 and saw: "The tent was torn to pieces, the bouncy castle slide was pierced in four places. Several fragments got inside the tent and hit bicycles: about 20 out of 25 bicycles were damaged. The ice cream stand was completely new. It was installed on Friday. As a result, the stand itself, and the products in it were spoiled."

This is how the military sacrificed the property of a random businessman to their God. It is good that he himself was absent at that moment.

But other people were not hurt. They did enjoy the festive fireworks. Except for 10 people who had been shot. A woman who came to enjoy "this ethereal beauty" died. It is good that God of War had mercy on her grandchildren.

The Ministry of Defense also agrees with the regularity of the accidental tragedy. Its press office reported on blasts in three out of six places for firework shows. That is, it's every second battery. At that, it is claimed that all the regulated security measures were observed, the artillerymen were trained and allowed to do this work, and video footage was made for control. Other circumstances were mentioned, versions were presented and a sacramental question was voiced. And they made a helpless gesture. They say there were no such blasts before, and it was hard to predict the current state.

Actually, it is really hard. But obviously, an accident may happen again at every subsequent firework show.

The question is only when.

Konstantin Skuratovich, Belrynok