He’s a tyrannical dictator. He and Vladimir Putin have a lot in common.
……you remember when Russia invaded Ukraine in February? And at that time, our leaders told us this wasn’t some faraway conflict in Eastern Europe. This was our war. “No military should ever be allowed to invade a sovereign nation,” they told us. Iraq and Afghanistan obviously not included in that rule. The invasion of Ukraine could not stand because it was a matter of first principles. But more than that, it was a world historic moral battle that we were obligated to join.
It was very clear. Vladimir Putin was pure evil. He was Hitler reborn. The Ukrainian president, Zelenskyy, was his mirror image. He was saint-like – self-denying, brave, honest, very handsome. And Zelenskyy was fighting for the very same ideals that our country was founded on. A number of news outlets, including CNN and the L.A. Times, compared him to George Washington. So they told us that with one voice month after month, no disagreement allowed…..
……Over the past two years, Zelenskyy has banned opposition parties. He’s shut down critical media by force. He’s arrested his political opponents. He has sent Soldiers into churches. Zelenskyy’s secret police have raided monasteries across Ukraine, even a convent full of nuns, and arrested dozens of priests for no justifiable reason whatsoever and in clear violation of the Ukrainian constitution, which no longer matters. And in the face of this, the Biden administration has said nothing. Not one word. Instead, they just continue to push to send Zelenskyy more tax dollars. So naturally, Zelenskyy has become much bolder. Why wouldn’t he?
Last week, he announced his plan to ban an entire religion, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and to seize its property, all for being insufficiently loyal to his regime. And he said it out loud.
VOLODYMYR ZELENSKYY: “We have to create such conditions when any people dependent on the country-aggressor won’t be able to manipulate Ukrainians and weaken Ukraine from within. First, the National Security and Defense Council instructed the government to submit to the Verkhovna Rada, a draft law on making it impossible for religious organizations affiliated with centers of influence in the Russian Federation to operate in Ukraine.”
A free country does not ban a major religion just because it’s not fully on board with the political program of the people running the country. But Zelenskyy is doing that and his cabinet is now devising ways to punish Christians for practicing their banned ancient religion in Ukraine. Quote, “Personal economic and restrictive sanctions will be applied to any Christian caught worshiping in unapproved ways.” Now, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is more than a thousand years old. With the full backing of the Joe Biden administration and the US Congress, Zelenskyy has decided to ban it.
……You’re not allowed to send Soldiers into churches. You’re not allowed to arrest dozens of priests because they refuse to bow before you. You’re not allowed to ban whole religions. So most of the US media, most have just ignored this. Some have made excuses for it. “Oh, he has to do this because there is a war.” But there’s no justification for this whatsoever. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is not Russian, it’s Ukrainian. It has no connection to the Putin government. It has, in fact, officially denounced the Russian invasion of Ukraine. So once again, there is no justification for destroying and banning this church. And yet Zelenskyy’s many celebrity backers in the West have said nothing about it, and they should know better.
In May, George W. Bush, the great defender of Christendom, met with Zelenskyy on a Zoom call and afterward, described him as “the Winston Churchill of our time.” A man who should be praised for his, quote, “commitment to liberty.” So where’s George W. Bush on this question now that his friend, the George Washington of Ukraine, has banned a form of Christianity in that country? Well, George W. Bush has been silent as well. So have many purportedly Christian members of Congress. They’re backing Zelenskyy, no matter how many Christians he arrests, no matter how many churches he seizes.
Everyone has their panties in a wad over Russia’s incursion into Ukraine. Compare the two countries and there isn’t much difference.
In January of 2021, Zelensky banned opposition media , opposition parties, and imposed martial law when Russia started its attack on Ukraine. He also ordered house arrest for pro-Russian politician Viktor Medvedchuk. The country has a lengthy history of corruption.
As for Russia, Vladimir Putin uses the old Soviet standby to get rid of dissent. He assassinates political opponents. Opposition activist Artem Basyrov, was sent to a psychiatric hospital by authorities a day before a planned demonstration. Putin also tightened his grip on the media by replacing the main news agency with one that will propagate his message without objections.
Vladimir Putin engineered his return to power through corruption, intimidation, murder, and setting up Dmitry Medvedev as a temporary sock puppet. His domestic spying program is a carbon copy of the old KGB. Everything he does is a throwback to the old Soviet regime.