Bellicosity by Proxy


Saw a reference to Zelensky being akin to Batman in the minds of western media pundits. If he were Batman, fighting who? Could be Joker, or Riddler or Penguin etc., but given Putin’s well-publicised way of dealing with opponents, I’d plump for Poison Ivy. Farfetched? You ain’t seen nothing yet. From comic-book allusions to the Australian newspaper in a single bound.

According to Greg Sheridan (23 March), Zelensky is “the most popular man in the world…our era’s Winston Churchill.”

Sheridan has a dream, which he shared, unfortunately. Best to keep your dreams to yourself and out of movies too. It consists of Biden stepping across the Ukraine border and meeting Zelensky. “The pictures would be everything – a meeting that would be in everyone’s interests. Priceless and immortal.” At this point I admit to being close to throwing up. The evident fan worshipping was a little over the top, shall we say.

But for it to really work Sheridan avers, “Biden would have to give Zelensky something.” He doesn’t specify what this something is, though he appears to rule out a no-fly zone or Migs as being likely gifts. What else? Another sanction or two would hardly move the needle. Seemingly, it would have to be big enough to make the Ukrainians fight even harder and to draw America closer to the conflict. To provide, “a further sign that the US thinks Ukraine can win.”

Win? Win what exactly? What would it look like? How much more death and destruction would take place in Ukraine before the Russians are pushed back to their border? And, what if the Russians don’t play ball and really start to blitz Ukrainian cities?

These western commentators are complete nincompoops. Bellicosity by proxy is their game, whatever the cost to women and children being shelled and bombarded.

We need a negotiated settlement. That’s where the efforts of politicians and journalists should be primarily directed. This isn’t WWII. Churchill was the greatest of men in his time. This isn’t that time.

Biden should be pressing Zelensky to play his part in seeking seek reasonable peace terms not feeding his appetite for war. Real life and realpolitik usually come together to forestall disaster. Idealism is best left for the afterlife. Putin may have to be rewarded, to some extent, for his aggression, even if that upsets Biden and Boris et al. Lives are at stake.


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Chris M
Chris M
March 24, 2022 4:38 pm

We need a negotiated settlement.

Why? And who is we, are you in Ukraine?

I don’t want to see Putin rewarded in any way shape or form but it isn’t my fight and as I’m not there my opinion is of no worth.

Biden should be pressing Zelensky to play his part

Life tip – always do the opposite of whatever Joe tells you.

calli
calli
March 24, 2022 4:42 pm

But for it to really work Sheridan avers, “Biden would have to give Zelensky something.”

Give his hair a sniff.

Zipster
Zipster
March 24, 2022 4:45 pm

Z is a 2 bit actor playing a part out of his league

bemused
bemused
March 24, 2022 5:11 pm

Zelensky has already proven his dictator credentials by banning all opposition political parties and instituted a state media. How much of the death inflicted on Ukrainians has been on his orders? This is just the beginning and the west is fawning all over him. I wonder what he has on the current US regime?

Cassie of Sydney
March 24, 2022 5:19 pm

All Greg Sheridan does is dribble bullshit.

Damon
Damon
March 24, 2022 5:23 pm

Sooner or later, the West will have to realise that even if Putin does not win, he cannot afford to lose.

Roger
Roger
March 24, 2022 5:32 pm

Meanwhile, the US is quietly offering Russia some relief from sanctions in return for their support of the new Iran deal.

‘The US is harmless as an enemy and treacherous as a friend’ – Bernard Lewis.

jupes
jupes
March 24, 2022 5:44 pm

Unfortunately for Biden and the world, the only thing he has done that pleases the majority of both parties in the US is talk tough on Ukraine. It may be, that to keep the presidency, he has to go to war against Russia. Hopefully not, but we are at a really, really stupid time in history.

Lee
Lee
March 24, 2022 5:47 pm

Greg Sheridan destroyed his credibility forever when he backed Demetia Joe against Trump.

Chris M
Chris M
March 24, 2022 5:48 pm

This guy, being a local, knows a thing or two about Russia.

Now could be a good time to open up a couple of new fronts, Finland and Japan can grab back some stolen land for example while Moscow is busy and being further humiliated by the week.

Living the dream
Living the dream
March 24, 2022 5:54 pm

Peter Smith: So it seems that when you are invaded the first principle is to give in? Seriously, what planet are you on?
It is as plain as day that Ukrainians – civilians – are putting their lives on the line in large numbers to deny Putin his restoration of Soviet control. There is no sign that Putin will accept less than total control and every sign that he will flatten all of the country to get his way.

Lee
Lee
March 24, 2022 5:55 pm

Peter Smith: So it seems that when you are invaded the first principle is to give in?

Where did he say that?

DaFisk
DaFisk
March 24, 2022 6:07 pm

Peter Smith: So it seems that when you are invaded the first principle is to give in? Seriously, what planet are you on?

Pete Smith is writing for Cuckallaxy, a blog for men who enjoy watching their country being rammed hard by dictators.

DaFisk
DaFisk
March 24, 2022 6:10 pm

We need a negotiated settlement.

LOL not so fast! I thought Putin had this one in the bag. Surely, he’s going to take Kyiv Any Day Now!

One final thrust!

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 24, 2022 6:16 pm

Sheridan has a dream, which he shared, unfortunately

Lol, great line.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 24, 2022 6:21 pm

LOL not so fast! I thought Putin had this one in the bag. Surely, he’s going to take Kyiv Any Day Now!

One final thrust!

Yeah, Putin fucked up by not blitzing Kiev.
What about Zelenskyy?
His first move was to empty the prisons, his second move was to flee to Poland and now he’s the most popular bloke in the world?

John Sheldrick
March 24, 2022 6:44 pm

LOL……..Of course Putin will win as there is no opposition. Civilians do not count. Lots of Flannery here right now and the Dams will never be full……………….LOL

Greedy Killshot
Greedy Killshot
March 24, 2022 6:56 pm

I don’t want to see Putin rewarded in any way shape or form
Life tip – always do the opposite of whatever Joe tells you.

You do realize these two things are contradictory?

Lee
Lee
March 24, 2022 7:06 pm

Pete Smith is writing for Cuckallaxy, a blog for men who enjoy watching their country being rammed hard by dictators.

Remind me of who supports that POS, Dictator Dan?
Leftists.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 24, 2022 8:11 pm

It’s not Leftists that support him, they’re stuck with him too.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 24, 2022 9:31 pm

Bemused

This is just the beginning and the west is fawning all over him. I wonder what he has on the current US regime?

Full details of exactly what Hunter and the other kids of prominent US politicians, DemonRat and Republican, actually got up to in Ukraine?

Lurx
March 25, 2022 7:01 am

Well composed and spoken with a minimum of words Peter Smith.

Those that oppose the rationale either never absorbed fully what you were saying, or their bias is quick to join up with anal positioned ego’s.

The world was experiencing a relative peace whilst Trump had his finger on the pulse of production.
It turned to shit when a global call went out to return to the devils of usury, corruption and military might.

miltonf
miltonf
March 25, 2022 7:45 am

Unfortunately modern, affluent industrial societies spawn and nurture moronic trash like Sheridan.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 25, 2022 10:32 am

Sheridan is like a 13 year-old girl swooning at the sight of each new heartthrob on the cover of ‘Teen Foreign Affairs’ magazine.

Speedbox
March 25, 2022 11:27 am

I can only presume that a few of the comments are written by trolls who are deliberately trying to be provocative – because if not, the comments indicate stupidity or naivety at breathtaking levels.

Kneel
Kneel
March 25, 2022 1:56 pm

“Full details of exactly what Hunter and the other kids of prominent US politicians, DemonRat and Republican, actually got up to in Ukraine?”

Nah – even the New York Slimes is caving on that one.
It’s much simpler – cash, baby! Show me the money!
If they support Z, they get a shedload of it. And not just one man, a whole parade of shonky knob-ends who should have retired years ago, but just couldn’t help trying to cling to power for another lazy mill here and there.
Love of money – the root of all evil.

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
March 25, 2022 2:19 pm

stupidity or naivety

Well I better show some of mine. My question for all of the appeasers is, if the Ukraine falls where will Putin go next? If your reply is he will just be happy with Crimea and some Eastern provinces, I say get real!
While I understand why NATO and Biden are pussy footing around, I also understand that Putin WILL NOT STOP IF HE WINS. And China will start to move with Australia not that far down the list of countries to be COLONIZED.

John Stankevicius
John Stankevicius
March 25, 2022 10:50 pm

Big Nambas
I don’t think Putin will go anywhere’s.
He will be the bullwark against the wef and defender of Christian soccer
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