NATO has set the president of Ukraine up on this pedestal as some sort of deity to be worshiped……because he is saving democracy and if he fails then democracy as we know it is in some sort of peril.
Early in this conflict I took a look at Zelensky here on IST…..(can be read here)
Since I wrote my original series news broke that Ukrainian police will storm an orthodox monastery….
Ukrainian police in Kyiv are preparing to evict Orthodox priests who are refusing to leave a historic monastery complex known as the Pechersk Lavra or the Monastery of the Caves.
The effort is part of a broad crackdown on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) launched by the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The UOC has historic links to Russia but is the largest church in Ukraine, having more parishes than the similarly named Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), which has no affiliation with Moscow.
In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the UOC denounced the war and cut ties with Moscow, but the steps were not enough for Zelensky. Some UOC priests have been accused of collaborating with Russian troops, and now many are facing sanctions, criminal charges, and eviction.
The 500 UOC priests, nuns, and theologians living in the Pechersk Lavra have been given until Wednesday to leave the monastery, but they say they aren’t going anywhere. “I won’t leave unless I am forced to,” Simeon, a young monk, told The Times of London.
Simeon said the police said they wouldn’t use force to evict the priests, but it’s not clear what will happen when the deadline comes, and they haven’t left. Police and members of the Ukrainian Culture Ministry have been standing guard outside of the Pechersk Lavra for a week to keep an eye on what some people leaving the monastery are taking out.
Please before the slime begins…I am taking nothing away from his presidency all I am doing is pointing out that he may not be the savior all seem to worship.
Recently I read an article that agrees with my concerns on the actions that Zelensky has taken within the borders of Ukraine towards his fellow countrymen.
American supporters of Washington’s Ukraine policy often portray Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky as a noble champion of democracy who deserves even more U.S. military assistance than he has already received. The political and media love-fest accompanying Zelensky’s address to a joint session of Congress in late December 2022 was a recent example of such hero worship.
Voice of America published an article comparing Zelensky’s appearance to Winston’s Churchill’s address to Congress in December 1941. David Frum, writing in the Atlantic, asserted that Zelensky recalled us to ourselves and our democratic values. Frum added that the Ukrainian president “came to the United States to thank us for supporting Ukraine. It is Americans who should thank him.” An earlier New York Times column by Bret Stephens contended that Americans “admire Zelensky because he has restored the idea of the free world to its proper place.”
Such fawning ignores the mounting evidence of Zelensky’s flagrant abridgment of civil liberties and democratic norms. The blind attitude of Americans is reminiscent of the sanitized treatment given to an earlier bogus champion of democracy, Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi. Between the mid-1970s and the early 1990s (especially during Ronald Reagan’s administration), numerous political and media figures in the United States pushed for greater support for Savimbi’s National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) and its insurgency against Angola’s leftist government. They also were willing to overlook their “democratic” client’s massive flaws.
Volodymyr Zelensky: Not Exactly a Champion of Democracy
Please read the article with an open mind (now that is a request that will fall way short)….
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A nation at war often has to take severe measures, especially regarding traitors and collaborators. That has been evidenced even in our own country. I don’t disagree with that premise.
I know Lincoln is always a good example…..my concern is that once this is solved that the whole ‘democratic’ stuff will be in the rear-view mirror. chuq
He is trying to save his country from complete destruction. I applaud him for taking action against any spies and adversaries and sympathizers and the priests ought to know better than to mix religion with politics so they have asked for it. His Intelligence services must have found out something about those priests and he is doing what any sensible person would do… he is acting on it in the best interests of what is left of his country.
He is working in his own best interests and that will become evident when this mash-up is over. chuq
You mean like George Washington and Paul Revere worked for their own best interests during the American Revolution — is that correct? Or like Roosevelt and the cigar-smoking English guy did during the Second World War? Like that?
Sort of….he his feathering his bed more so than the cigar guy did. chuq
I recently read an article online about the possible embezzlement of foreign money destined for support of the war in Ukraine. An estimated $300,000,000 is ‘unaccounted for’ in Ukraine. When Zelensky lately dismissed 12 of his top-ranking officials and generals, he was reported to be outraged that they were driving around in new Mercedes cars and boasting about their personal wealth. Some were accused of buying second homes in foreign countries too. No doubt the start of their ‘escape plan’.
I didn’t see that reported in any mainstream media outlet. However, the article was unsubstantiated by names or checkable facts, so I didn’t share it or save it. Though I have a sneaky suspicion it was very close to the truth, as why else would he have got rid of those men?
Best wishes, Pete.
It is not so much to save the country as to pad the bed of of “Z” man….,chuq