There’s been a lot of dumb expressed by both the “We R Ukraine” & “Putin-is-lord*” armchair experts in the West. Much of whom were quick to attach themselves to Putin’s war once doing so became fashionable.
People waving their “fists” in “disappointment” at reasoned positions taken by compassionate thinkers, sits high in the list of the latter group.
Alongside the ridiculous anti-Russia fever, there’s an apparent – hard-headed paranoia – manifesting itself in an inadvertent, anti-Ukraine groupthink.
Emerging from an era of COVID-abuse, this culture of suspicion is understandable, but it’s dangerous, counter-productive, and ultimately indefensible.
I’m on board with calling out lies, raising respectful criticism, and expressing legitimate concerns. I’m not on board with noise for the sake of attention, bullying, censoring opposing viewpoints, or generalisations that throw the baby out with the bath water.
While Putin’s war has further uncovered the fickle, ungracious, and vicious anti-disagreement nature of leftists, it’s also revealed an ugly truth: the same grotesque authoritarianism plagues many non-leftists as well.
10 million Ukrainians are displaced, (currently) 3 million are refugees. Yet, a good portion of Ukraine’s critics are still obsessed with logical fallacies satiating preconceived ideas. These act as a veil hiding the elevation of the anti-woke Russian leader to the status of Charlemagne.
For example, Belarus’ dictator Alexander Lukashenko shares Putin’s Soviet Union nostalgia, and by extension his Cold War mentality. Lukashenko’s high admiration for Putin is no state secret (and is likely due to the fact that while Putin stays in power, Lukashenko remains in power too.)
Another example was highlighted by Bill Muehlenberg in an exceptional addition to his reflections on the Russia/Ukraine war:
‘While some see Ukraine as a perfect nation state, most of the folks I encounter seem to think that is true of Russia. They see Putin as a messianic figure and Zelenskyy as the anti-Christ – or worse. They have little or no understanding of all the complexities involved in this conflict. When one-dimensional memes are mainly resorted to by these folks, you know we will get nowhere fast in trying to have a rational and sensible discussion of the issues.’
Bill writes elsewhere,
‘When presented with long lists of all the great evils in Ukraine and elsewhere, many will defend their argument by prefacing it with words like the following:
“Putin may have some issues, but…”
“He is not perfect, but…”
“I am not condoning Putin but…”
“For all his faults…”
It’s fair to ask, is “Get Red-Pilled” entering the same nonsensical political orbit as “Get Woke”?
Is the posturing of the former just a different version of the posturing of the latter?
Noisy Gnostics singing a similar song, ultimately serving the same devil, with the purpose of delivering the same outcomes?
As I’ve advocated from the beginning: tread carefully, avoid stepping on geopolitical landmines, admit limitations; beware of making unqualified assertions.
Noteworthy read: ‘The 7 Dumbest Reactions To The War In Ukraine’, The Daily Wire:
- “Russian” Vodka…That Isn’t Russian
- Putin’s Crime, Dostoevsky’s Punishment
- Cancelling Tchaikovsky
- Cancelling a Russian pianist who condemned the Ukrainian invasion
- Feline organization bans Russian cats
- Russian dogs no longer man’s best friend
- EA Sports bans make-believe Russians from video game.
‘Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.’ – 1 Peter 5:8-9, ESV
*metaphor derived from those who consider Putin’s actions reasoned, justified or beneficial to Ukrainians.
©Rod Lampard, 2022.