Imagine that your best friend’s husband just fell victim to a vicious murder. You come to your friend, and here is what you say:
“I am very sorry your husband got murdered. Please understand that I totally condemn the murderer. He is an evil and sick individual. I think he should rot in hell. And I totally support you. But I think you should know that your husband cheated on you 5 years ago. And, in high school, he was a bully. I am sorry to tell you, but he was not a nice person. And come to think of it, your house is kind of dirty. But I hope you get better soon, and I hope you find a much better man. Have a nice day!”
Does that sound like supporting a friend? If it does to you, I don’t want you as my friend.
To the disciples of Tucker Carlson, I can tell you this much: you don’t stand with the people of Ukraine. You don’t speak for them. You are entitled to your arguments, but please don’t start them with: “I totally support you!”
Not if you think that when Ukraine is being bombed into the stone age, it’s a good time to “ask questions” or “discuss historical context.” Not if your argument is “I totally condemn Putin, but…” Your “but” completely negates “totally condemn.”
If you think it’s a good time to bad mouth a Ukrainian leader who is fighting to save his people, the people of Ukraine don’t want your support. You didn’t elect him. They did. They consider him a hero for not leaving them to die when he had a chance. You think you know better than they do. You think he is a tyrant, or a Soros plant, or whatever. You are entitled to your opinion. But please, don’t start it with: “I support you, people of Ukraine!” You don’t.
If you think that it’s a good time to point out the corruption in Ukraine, the people of Ukraine don’t want your support. Is it more morally acceptable to kill children if their parents need to bribe someone to open a business or get a nice car? Why is corruption in a country a relevant argument when it comes to discussing mass murder?
If you think that there is a mythical “globalist conspiracy to get us into another war” the people of Ukraine don’t want your support. There is nobody in this country that is calling for a military confrontation with Putin. Every sane person understands that NATO military involvement in Ukraine will create more problems than it solves. It will lead to an enormous number of casualties (mostly Ukrainians) and it could very well lead to a nuclear confrontation. Is there one person in the world that would benefit from that?
I understand that you believe Liz Cheney is plotting a military confrontation with Russia somewhere in Wyoming. I guess that’s your argument. She has not been very vocal about it, but it’s conceivable. To make matters worse, she is probably in touch with George Soros. Maybe they are writing letters to Joe Biden to get him to send US troops to Ukraine. I guess. Could happen. But other than that, I did not hear any person of note – Republican or Democrat – calling for a military confrontation with Putin. So, please don’t tell me you are acting “in good faith.” You are blowing hot air. You are pushing division based on a straw man that you built – not unlike Democrats pushing racist propaganda based on mythical “systemic racism.”
Of course, if Russia attacks a NATO country that would be entirely another matter. Then US military would have to get involved. Is that what you are protesting? Are you calling for abandoning our NATO obligations? Should we disband NATO to punish Liz Cheney? I guess it’s a valid conversation to have. But perhaps we could postpone it till this war is over?
I understand you are allowed to express an opinion. I understand that “asking questions” or “having an opinion about Ukraine” is not a defense of Putin (however, spreading his lies is.) You are right – it’s not. But you should know that your opinion is very ill-timed and not well-intentioned. It does not help the people of Ukraine. It’s hurtful and insulting. You are entitled to your opinion, but don’t start it with: “I stand with the people of Ukraine!” I can assure you: your “stand” doesn’t mean much.
I don’t know why everything in this country is now politicized, including mass murder. I don’t know why we can’t just simply condemn the murder of civilians (here is a good start) without following our condemnation with “but…”
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