Year of the drone | Peter Caddick–Adams
The Chinese New Year began on 1 February 2022. Just over three weeks later, Russia invaded Ukraine. This is a Year of the Tiger, which in the Chinese zodiac is often associated with conflict. Stalin, genocidal ruler of Eastern Europe, was a Tiger-man. An archduke died to an assassin’s bullet with all that followed in a Tiger year. Neville Chamberlain gambled and lost on trusting Hitler at Berchtesgaden under a different Tiger. Kennedy and Khrushchev came head-to-head over Cuba in the span of another striped cat.
The twelve animals of the Chinese years are all land-based creatures, with the exception of the Dragon. Perhaps no surprise that Vladimir Putin and Boris Johnson, as well as Joe Stalin, were born under this sign. According to Chinese lore, their kind are unafraid of challenges, willing to take risks, aggressive and deaf to criticism. Vlodymyr Zelensky, by the way, is a snake: intelligent, wise and good at communication, according to the…