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I’ve been wrestling with the “Ukraine question” since Putin launched his invasion.
The first thing I discovered was my own ignorance. Like most Americans, I didn’t know jack about Ukraine, its history, or its relationship with Russia.
But in attempting to educate myself, I ran into the big-media censorship and slant we’ve all become accustomed to.
It was clear from the get-go that the media was in lock-step: Ukrainian President Zelensky is a hero–period. He is boldly standing up for his People–for FREEDOM. Do not dare challenge that point!
Knowing that the media is almost always wrong, and noting their fanatical censorship in regards to this story, many of us smelled a rat–but where exactly was the rat?
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky was elected in 2019 with over 73% of the vote! Wow–that’s popularity!
Yet, this same man’s approval rating dropped to a low of under 25% prior to the Russian invasion.
In short, he was elected on promises to clean up corruption, and failed to follow through.
It is very hard to avoid corruption when you are aggressively seeking investment for your sovereign country from all over the world. Zelensky spoke at the Davos 2020 event hosted by Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum for the purpose of doing just that, while seeking membership in the European Union.
Now I know some of you are starting to say, “Here Patrick goes, talking about Zelensky’s ties to Klaus, while meanwhile Putin is blowing up Ukraine and massacring civilians!”
Hang in there with me. I’m getting to that.
You see, I see the two issues as linked.
The Power of Neutrality
I am not a fan of Vladimir Putin. From what I can tell, he is a ruthless thug bent on re-assembling the old Russian empire. At least that’s what I have read. His actions in invading Ukraine appear heavy-handed–to say the least, an example being his leveling of the city of Mariupol.
But many have fallen into the trap of thinking there’s always an evil side and a good side. Most of the time that is NOT the case–the People suffer at the hands of competing interests… those interests being some combination of power and money.
Putin has his interests, which appear to be power acquired from taking land–land with rich mineral, industrial, and other advantages.
And Zelensky is committed to bringing foreign, Western investors to Ukraine. This invariably comes with a price.
Zelensky has thrown his hand in with The World Economic Forum, the European Union, NATO, and all that comes with them. It appears that the Ukrainian People haven’t asked for this–they just wanted an end to corruption and independence! (Sound familiar, Americans?)
A reliance on foreign investment–led be entities like the IMF and World Bank–can destroy countries and even continents when the inevitable resulting corruption runs rampant–Africa being a prime cautionary tale.
“Red Line” for Putin?
One of the key reasons Putin attacked Ukraine was because he felt territorially threatened by NATO creeping further and further Eastward up to his border. He repeatedly said this was his “red line” Yet Zelensky sought admission into NATO, and Biden and Company played a little game–privately telling Zelensky he couldn’t join, while publicly saying it was a possibility.
In other words, the U.S. poked the Bear, hoping the Bear would invade. Why? This article explains.
What is the likely result of the sanctions placed on Russia? Not at all what we have been led to believe. It’s shocking, really, and a very serious threat to every American.
If Zelenksy would agree to neutrality, Putin would likely relent on his invasion. But Zelensky doesn’t want neutrality, nor true independence for Ukraine–he wants foreign money and to be part of the “social-Democratic” European Union.
There’s nothing free about the European Union–in fact, during the height of COVID hysteria, lockdowns became unbearable to EU citizens.
Truly independent nations aren’t allowed anymore–it appears that all we have left are socialist nanny states and dictatorships. Where is FREEDOM? This is the question we should be asking.
Let me be clear–I feel for the People of Ukraine, and am all for helping them in whatever way is possible without dragging ourselves into World War III. But from my vantage point, this war was caused by Putin, was pushed by Biden & Co., and Zelensky has it in his power to come to an agreement with Putin and stop it.
Freedom has always been at the core of Old School’s message. That will not change, and will only become more important as time moves forward. Volodymyr Zelensky needs to champion that freedom–the freedom he was elected to promote–if he truly cares about the lives and future of the Ukrainian People.
Patrick Rooney is the Founder of OldSchoolUs.com. He communicates clearly and fearlessly during perilous times about natural health, success, and freedom. To reach Patrick, email him at [email protected].
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