1. This is the man who we are to lay our lives and fortunes down for, when it comes to a conflict where we have established we are being lied to.
2. This video was posted on June 15, 2015.
“Ukraine forces have taken control of the headquarters of Donetsk People’s Republic in Mariupol. “The operation began at 4.50am,” the interior minister, Arsen Avakov, said on Facebook. Reports claim five self-defenders killed, and four wounded among Ukraine forces. Divisions of the so-called ‘National Guard’ took part, as well as the Azov battalion, sponsored by radical ‘parlimentarian’ Oleg Lyashko, and the Dnepr battalion, raised by billionnaire governor (Dneprpetrovsk) Igor Kolomoisky. Arsen Avakov, in Facebook, claims the ‘Azov’ and ‘Dnepr’ as special subdivisions of the interior ministry. Lyashko was on the scene in Mariupol. A You Tube video suggests the presence of English speaking mercenaries.”
(Posting this video does not stake a claim in the war. Only offering information that is otherwise denied to those trying to make an assessment or judgement on the people and forces at work. I doubt there is a clear morally superior side. but I do not doubt that nearly all the information we get from media are lies.)
(The video above is moderately funny and likely has a copyright thing that prevents the embed. Click through if you like. He does a decent Trump impression as well, which is probably why this clip is allowed to exist)
If the United States were being invaded and on the brink of conquest, I’d want a leader willing to do absolutely everything. So I’m not going to fault Zelensky for doing what’s best for his country. (Likewise, Putin believes that conquering Ukraine and any other country that used to be part of the Soviet sphere of influence is what’s best for his country. Nationalism is only as good as the country or its leader.)
That said, the willingness of too many people to climb on board with whatever propaganda Zelenskyy or Putin are spouting this week is too much.
Meanwhile, Jewish people and pro-Israel outlets seem happy to ignore the fact that Ukraine under its various governments has a history of consistently voting against Israel and with the terrorists at the UN. Instead, they’re straightforwardly rerunning cringe nonsense like Zelenskyy comparing the bombing of Ukraine to the Holocaust. A particularly egregious argument considering that Ukrainians played a significant role in helping the Nazis kill Jews.
This post will be updated over the course of the day.