Tulsi Gabbard Accuses Ukraine’s Zelensky of being Putinesque Dictator

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, parts of the right have sympathised with Russia and argued against supporting Ukraine. I think Sargon of Gasbag and the Lotus Eaters have put up a post raising issues about Ukraine and I believe that Peter Hitchens may have done so as well. This afternoon I found a short video on YouTube from American Republican politician Tulsi Gabbard, which, if true, raises significant questions why we should be supporting Zelensky’s regime. She claimed that Zelensky closed down three Ukrainian TV stations because they were criticising him, and that he banned the party that came second in the Ukrainian elections and imprisoned its leaders, all actions which Putin has been accused of doing. In the case of Putin, there’s little doubt: this is exactly what he has done. But there have been no reports over here of Zelensky doing the same, though this is not to say he hasn’t done them. One of Hitchen’s videos on the war is about what the media isn’t telling you. Gabbard in her video calls the people demanding support for Ukraine ‘warmongers’, which is surprising language coming from a Republican. But it’s no more surprising than the Tories opposing Blair’s invasion of Iraq. Some of them were no doubt opportunists, opposing the invasion simply because it was done by Labour, not themselves. But some of the Tories did oppose it from moral conviction, the best example being Hitchens, who has continued to denounce it and Blair. It’s possible that Gabbard is the same.

There’s a fair amount of self-interest in the Tory defence of Russia. Russian oligarchs have contributed handsomely to Tory coffers. In America Trump’s government also gave contracts and concessions to Russian firms, quite apart from the rumours that Putin had some kind of incriminating footage involving Trump from the Orange Man’s visit to Russia. And even if these accusations of dictatorial behaviour by Zelensky were true, they would not justify the Russian invasion and the atrocities Putin’s forces have committed. But they do raise questions about why we are providing military aid. Are we doing so simply because Ukraine is a sovereign nation, which is threatened with annihilation and dismemberment by a larger, more powerful former colonial master – Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union and before then the Russian empire? Or are we backing it for the same reason the American state department and the National Endowment for Democracy under Barack Obama, Hillary ‘Queen of Chaos’ Clinton and Victoria Nuland helped to orchestrate the the Orange Revolution of 2012? That had nothing to do with overthrowing an unpopular president, and everything to do with installing one who favoured the west rather than Putin’s Russia. These are serious questions that need to be answered. But I doubt we’ll get them through the mainstream news.

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4 Responses to “Tulsi Gabbard Accuses Ukraine’s Zelensky of being Putinesque Dictator”

  1. Brian Burden Says:

    Haven’t much experience of Hitchens. I had him down as trendy lefty turned right wing windbag, rather like the late(?) Christopher Booker, much hailed in the seventies for his ridiculous work of spoof sociology, The Neophiliacs.

  2. Mark Pattie Says:

    I somehow cannot imagine Zelensky being anything like Orban or Putin. That being said, I’ve heard no mention of the fact that Ukraine is a pretty conservative country and not particularly LGBT-friendly (although Poland, Russia et al are somewhat worse).

  3. Que? Says:

    You’ll be surprised to know that I actually mostly agree with the ‘Right’ on Ukraine. There’s a lot that the mainstream media hasn’t mentioned about the Ukraine situation. Both the Ukrainian and Russian governments are untrustworthy.

    Don’t get me wrong, I support Ukraine’s right to defend itself from Russian aggression.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Thanks, Que – that’s very interesting. I’ve noticed that some of what the right has been saying about Ukraine is what Lobster has also been saying for years from the Left.

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