Merkel realized that Russia had permanently broken with the west when Putin expressed opposition to gay culture. It really is a sacred value for the west, almost everything else is negotiable. https://t.co/imPYBH2jMJ pic.twitter.com/a6DPmHlLZz— Richard Hanania (@RichardHanania) April 3, 2022
Everything changed on February 24.
It is time to get on board with Winston Churchill, Zelensky, NATO, the Republican establishment and the Russiagaters and neocons who are pushing for Cold War II between the “Free World” and Russia.
“There are people in the conservative movement who oppose and attack Mr. Zelensky. I understand their arguments intellectually. Some are ideological; others have to do with World War II; still others go back to Catherine the Great or to events as recent as the Trump presidency. I beseech them to recognize that as of Feb. 24 everything has changed, not only because of Mr. Putin’s invasion, but because of the brutal way it has been carried out. For all our sophisticated appreciation of realpolitik, we mustn’t blind ourselves to the fact that an evil man has done a terribly evil thing.
There are times when conservatives need to stand up and say things that hardly anyone wants to hear, that run counter to the overwhelming opinion of the world. Churchill himself did that over appeasement during his Wilderness Years. Yet sometimes I feel that there are some in our movement who enjoy being contrary for its own sake—out of perversity or a desire for attention—regardless of the cost to the wider movement and how it looks to ordinary people. They fail to heed the enormous damage done to the right in denouncing Mr. Zelensky and the favorable opinion that is strongly held by many millions, perhaps billions, of people around the world who have been profoundly moved by Ukraine’s plight.
Consider David Stockman, Ronald Reagan’s budget director, who last month wrote that “we were already getting sick and tired of this Zelensky clown,” that “Zelensky should resign and make way for a collaborationist government that will sue for peace,” and that Ukraine’s government is made up of “anti-Russian fascists and oligarchs.” (At least he didn’t mention drug addicts.) Mr. Stockman went on to argue that Ukraine isn’t a real country and has no genuine sovereign independence.
Day after day, in their cities, suburbs and forests, ordinary Ukrainians are showing that it is a real country. They wouldn’t be fighting and dying if they did not believe that. The European Union isn’t a real country—no one would fight and die for its flag and anthem and leaders—but Ukraine has proved that it is one.
The martyrdom of Ukraine and the Churchillian leadership Mr. Zelensky and his people are showing has changed the political landscape. If we believe in uniting the right, and especially if we want to do it when the left is so disunited, now is the time for open-hearted and full-throated support of Ukraine and its leader. Mr. Zelensky was a comedian in an earlier career. In the one for which history will remember him, he is the kind of freedom fighter that conservatives should applaud.
Now is not the time to continue fighting the struggles that seemed to matter before Feb. 24. Just as many of the America First isolationists quickly and patriotically came around to the overwhelming need for the U.S. to join in the struggle against Japan and Germany—and thus largely escaped the contempt of history that would otherwise have been their lot—so Mr. Zelensky’s critics on the right should heed the courage of a people who are battling a more massive and naked display of barbarism by a great power than most people alive can remember.”
So, if you make a racist, homophobic or Islamophobic tweet in Boris Johnson’s UK, a Rainbow colored police car will dispatched to your house where a police officer will arrest you for “hate speech.” This is what we are being called on to defend and fight for in Cold War II.
Note: We don’t want to be caught on the “wrong side” of history.