I’ve been reading the news non-stop concerning Russia’s botched invasion of Ukraine. I have no doubt that Putin thought Ukraine was a soft target, so soft that all he had to do was just show up with his navy and his 150,000 plus troops and all his air forces and they’d all roll over the Ukrainians that that would be that. After all, that’s pretty much what he did with Belarus to Ukraine’s north. I’m sure Putin felt that Volodymyr Zelenskyy, former comedic actor and current president, would cut and run. Instead, he’s stayed behind along with his citizens and continues to resist the defend their homeland.
Then there’s the Snake Island story, in which 13 Ukrainian defenders told the Russian warship that showed up and demanded they surrender to go fuck themselves. At which point the Russian warship allegedly opened up on them and killed all 13 them all. Or perhaps not. It’s been reported, by the Russians, that no one was killed, and that they all surrendered (here’s The Guardian’s version of the story: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/27/ukraine-island-defenders-who-told-russian-officer-go-fuck-yourself-may-still-be-alive ). All 83. Ok. Except the numbers don’t add up, there was the recorded interaction between the warship and the Ukrainians, and to top it off, I don’t trust anything the Russians have to say on the matter, or any matter.
Finally, all the whataboutists can go fuck themselves. There is no deflection from, or protection of, in any way, shape, or form, for what Russia is doing. None whatsoever. And I’m looking straight at the morally corrupt GOP. How in God’s name can the party of Ronald Reagan, who in 1983 gave his evil empire speech, who with regards to Russia warned us not “to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire…” ( https://voicesofdemocracy.umd.edu/reagan-evil-empire-speech-text/ ). His warning is as clear today as it was back in 1983.
We all need to stand with Ukraine against Russia and all of Russia’s apologists and supporters, both foreign and domestic.
Stand with Ukraine.