With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there has been a great amount of misinformation coming from Russia, Ukraine, US, and Western media. It is difficult to unwind what is true and what is not. But one thing we know – the ‘Ghose of Ukraine’ didn’t recently die. We know this because he never lived.
We’ve seen great thinkers like Adam Kinzinger get embarrassed by the information coming out of Ukraine. Kinzinger was fooled into believing that the name of the ‘Ghost of Ukraine’ was revealed and it was none other than Samuyil Hyde (an Internet meme).
Kissinger famously fell for an internet prank back in February.
But the real problem with Kinzinger’s identification of the Ghost of Ukraine, is that this fearless fighter is not real. Kinzinger was fooled here as well. The Gateway Pundit identified parts of the imagery used in this story were from a 2019 article published in Ukraine at Censor.net. Other parts of the imagery come from a video game.
But the story of the Ghost of Ukraine lives on.
Sadly, the Ghost of Kiev reportedly died in March. The London Times reported that Major Stepan Tarabalka died in March during a dog fight with Russians. Daily Caller reported:
In what his lawyers have described as a “brief but significant moment in the case,” a British magistrates’ court has signed off on Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States, bringing the WikiLeaks founder one step closer to a US trial under the Espionage Act which threatens press freedoms worldwide.
“He is a war criminal,” President Biden said of Vladimir Putin following allegations of war crimes in Bucha, Ukraine earlier this month. “I think it is a war crime. … He should be held accountable.”
And that’s all I’d like to say here today, really. That this discrepancy is very interesting.
I mean, can we take a moment to deeply appreciate the irony of this? Because it’s so obscene and outrageous it’s actually hard to take in unless you really let it absorb. The most powerful government in the world, which serves as the hub of the most powerful empire that has ever existed, is working to extradite a journalist for exposing its war crimes while simultaneously rending its garments over war crime allegations against another government.
I mean, damn. You would think a power structure that had recently been caught red-handed committing war crimes and is currently in the process of imprisoning a journalist for exposing those war crimes would at least have the sense not to yell too loudly about war crimes for a little while. But this is how confident the empire is in its ability to control the narrative.
Really take it in. Really digest it. The more you think about it, the freakier it gets. Not only is the empire persecuting a journalist for exposing its war crimes while at the same time demanding that others be held accountable for war crimes, it is also attacking the free press for reporting the truth about the powerful while at the very same time engaging in a massive propaganda operation which holds that it is involved in Ukraine to protect its freedom and democracy.
I mean, the gall. The absolute temerity. The balls on this empire, man.
I have said it before and I will say it again: Assange exposed many ugly realities about the powerful in his work with WikiLeaks, but everything that he has managed to expose thereafter simply by forcing them to prosecute him far surpasses the revelations in those publications.
If the highest form of journalism is exposing the darkest secrets of the most powerful people in the world, then Julian Assange is the highest form of journalist.
Former U.S. Army Colonel Douglas MacGregor believes the war in Ukraine has reached its “final phase.” MacGregor stated that tens of thousands of Ukrainian troops are surrounded in trenches dug around the Donbas region. Without food, ammunition or a means to retreat, he expects these pockets to collapse over the next few weeks.
Colonel Douglas MacGregor served in the U.S. Army from 1976 through 2004. He fought in the Gulf War, where his unit wiped out 73 Iraqi vehicles within the span of a half hour, all while taking zero casualties. He later published Breaking The Phalanx, which called for radical reforms in the U.S. military. MacGregor’s colleagues believed that his willingness to speak bluntly prevented him from moving up the chain.
Colonel MacGregor recently joined Chris Ball of One America News to discuss the current situation in Ukraine. “The alleged sitting Commander in Chief president is blaming all of our problems in this country on Vladimir Putin. Is he right or his he wrong?” Ball asked.
MacGregor stated that what is happening in Ukraine has very little impact on Americans beyond “making things worse than they already were”, which he believes the public is aware of. “The notion that Putin is somehow the author of our problems is a-lot of nonsense,” Colonel MacGregor stated.
He went on to say that the administration is hinging its rhetoric on irresponsible accusations of a genocide being carried out by the Russian army. “These are unsubstantiated allegations, there’s no real basis in fact. No one is checking [Biden’s] facts, no one in the media is looking at facts, they’re looking at hyperbole,” MacGregor continued. “They’re trying to whip up, mobilize anti-Russian sentiment. It’s a pleasant distraction from the standpoint of the media and the politicians from the disaster here at home, but not much more.”
Ball went on to mention an increase in accusations from Ukrainian President Zelensky, as well as NATO countries, that Russia would use nuclear weapons. The OAN host then asked the Colonel if cavalier accusations of genocide and the use of nuclear weapons could lead to a military conflict between NATO and Russia.
MacGregor pushed back on the “nonsensical” notion that Russia would deploy nuclear weapons. Only the use of nuclear weapons by NATO or a large invading army on Russian borders would prompt the Kremlin to use nukes, MacGregor asserted. He further pointed out that the fallout would likely affect Russia proper, as well as its allies, due to the prevailing winds in Europe blowing from East to West.
The Colonel also believes that the war is in its “final phase” and that remaining Ukrainian troops will be mopped up within weeks. “It’s only going to get worse because we’re in the final phase of this war,” MacGregor said of the war in Ukraine.
The Colonel said this about the situation on the ground:
“Right now there are between 40 and 60 thousand Ukrainian troops left in Eastern Ukraine. They’re in an area of about 150-200 square miles. They’re immobilized, they’re entrenched in defensive positions. They have no fuel, they have only enough ammunition to sustain themselves for a few more weeks.
They don’t have enough water, they have no medical evacuation capability, and they have a-lot of civilians, who are actually Russians, living in the area. They’re now surrounded. And the Russian army is going to move very carefully to avoid civilian casualties there, but they will annihilate these Ukranian troops.”
Colonel MacGregor also shared his “fear” that Ukraine falling could push the Biden Administration to war in order to save face.
“My fear is that when it becomes abundantly clear that all of these discussions about the ‘collapsing Russian army’ and the ‘great victorious Ukrainians’ fall apart, that then people really will say well we’ve got to do something,” MacGregor said on the situation in Ukraine. “Or we in Washington who’ve made all these ridiculous claims will look ridiculous yet again. That worries me, and I think it’s a valid one.”
During a Monday press briefing, the Pentagon told reporters that it’s observed major Russian preparations for a bigger move deeper into the Donbas region of Ukraine.
Press Secretary John Kirby told reporters that based on US intelligence, the Russian military is now “trying to resupply and reinforce their efforts in the Donbas.” This is also as Western media reports have described an eight-mile-long armored and infantry convoy that appears to be preparing for the fresh assault.
“The convoy, exposed in commercial satellite imagery, stretches an estimated eight miles. It appears to contain vehicles to command and supply infantry units and possibly helicopters, said the official, who provided intelligence assessments on condition of anonymity,” USA Today writes.
Kirby in the briefing described that “It does seem to be a mix of personnel carrying vehicles as well as armored vehicles and maybe some artillery, maybe some enabling capabilities.”
He further cited satellite imagery that shows the convoy headed south toward Izyum, which is at the front line of the extent of Russian advance in Donbas. Kirby described these as major reinforcements.
Last month Russian forces drew back their positions outside of Kiev and with Russian commanders issuing formal statements confirming that the ‘special operation’ would now focus on liberating the Donbas region in the east. This has fueled speculation both that the Kremlin may be disappointed in how things are going so far, given the fierce Ukrainian resistance, and could be eyeing a partition of the country into eastern and western halves.
According to The Hill citing Pentagon leadership, the US has been expecting the battle for Donbas to intensify imminently:
The comments come after Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley on Thursday warned there is a “significant battle yet ahead” around the Donbas, where the Kremlin intends to “mass forces and continue their assault” on the country after failing to take the capital of Kyiv.
President Zelensky too is now warning of an impending major new Russian push to take the whole of Donbas, telling South Korean lawmakers in a virtual address, “The occupiers have sent dozens of thousands of soldiers and colossal numbers of equipment to prepare new attacks,” according to NBC News.
The condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is coming from governments that have committed war crimes, without media coverage, for decades.
This does not justify Russia’s actions.
Any actions taken by governments that harm, displace and kill innocent people should be condemned and forbidden.
Why do we only hear a one-sided story from Western legacy media?
Why are people who have a different view of this conflict, and other issues, instantly condemned in today’s society?
Are we creating a culture where people who oppose narratives can’t even speak, share their opinion or fear to do so?
What’s happening in our world when relationships are ruined due to a certain narrative we believe?
Human rights groups, civil liberty groups and press freedom advocates received a glimmer of hope when Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, won the right to ask the Supreme Court to block his extradition to the United States.
At that time last January, the High Court ruled that Assange had an arguable point of law and that he can petition the Supreme Court to hear the case. This was allowed to happen over concerns about how the US justice system would treat Assange, especially given the fact that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) wanted to assassinate him.
Heart’s sank on Monday when the British Supreme Court refused Assange’s latest appeal to prevent his extradition to the US. The case now moves to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel to authorize the extradition.
According to his Lawyer Barry Pollack, Assange will continue the legal process fighting his extradition to the United States to “face criminal charges for publishing truthful and newsworthy information.”
Assange was charged under the Espionage Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, largely for actions rightfully recognized as protected news-gathering practices. He made public previously classified documents exposing various war crimes carried out by the US and other governments.
A favourite quote of mine comes to mind here from Nils Melzer, the Human Rights Chair of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law who has served as the UN Rapporteur on Torture and Other Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
“How far have we sunk if telling the truth becomes a crime? How far have we sunk if we prosecute people that expose war crimes for exposing war crimes? How far have we sunk when we no longer prosecute our own war criminals? Because we identify more with them, than we identify with the people that actually expose these crimes. What does that tell about us and about our governments? In a democracy, the power does not belong to the government, but to the people. But the people have to claim it. Secrecy disempowers the people because it prevents them from exercising democratic control, which is precisely why governments want secrecy.”
Nils Melzer, Human Rights Chair of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law
This is why it’s ironic that the western military alliance and their allies overseas are condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The point is not that it shouldn’t be condemned, any violent conflict that escalates to the point where innocent people have to fear for their lives should always be condemned. The point is that it’s hypocritical given that the West has done the same, and in many cases the citizenry is programmed to praise it.
Multiple governments, the United States included, are guilty of some of the most significant war crimes in human history. Just look at what’s happened in Iraq and various parts of the Middle East over the decades. Governments funding, arming and even ‘creating’ terrorist organizations that they claim to be ‘fighting against’ has been a common theme exposed by Assange and many others.
Again, this doesn’t justify the Russian invasion, but it’s important to note that facts about tensions that have been boiling for quite some time have been omitted.
War and geopolitical issues are always followed by propaganda campaigns by governments to influence the perception of their own citizenry. The screenshot below is a great example. This is an unfortunate part of our reality, and the most horrendous atrocities have always been committed and disguised as a noble action.
Stella Moris, partner of Julian Assange and mother to his two boys explains,
“Julian was just doing his job, which was to publish the truth about wrongdoing. His loyalty is the same as that which all journalists should have: to the public. Not to the spy agencies of a foreign power. He published evidence that the country that is trying to extradite him committed war crimes and covered them up; that it committed gross violations that killed tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children; that it tortured and rendered; that it bombed children, had death squads, and murdered Reuters journalists in cold blood; that it bribed foreign officials and bullied less powerful countries into harming their own citizens, and that it also corrupted allied nations’ judicial inquiries into US wrongdoing.”
The US alone has displaced between 38 and 60 million people across eight countries since 2001. Keep this in mind the next time you hear US government officials pledge to defend “international law,” “human rights,” or “sovereignty and territorial integrity” abroad, or any government for that matter.
There is ongoing conflict on this planet almost at all times, the US-Saudi led war in Yemen has killed nearly half a million people and more than 20 million are facing famine.
Making Sense of War Is Difficult
These days it’s nearly impossible to decipher what’s actually happening, but does it really matter? Innocent people have become the sacrifice of governments who seem to enjoy playing their war games. When it comes to the Russian Ukraine conflict, we are only presented with one side from legacy media, while all other perspectives, whether legit or not, are deemed a “conspiracy theory” or, in this case, “Russian propaganda.”
An open, balanced, and grounded discussion is never had. Opposing points are never addressed, and dialogue is not welcome. You’re not allowed to ask questions about COVID in the same way you’re not allowed to question the mainstream narrative with regards to what’s happening in Ukraine. If you are, you’re condemned for it.
Is this a slippery slope? Have we created an unsafe space for meaningful dialogue? What will the effects be of the continued shutdown of dialogue?
This underlying cultural theme is why people like Julian Assange are in jail – and suffering. This is why the US Department of Homeland Security has stated that sharing “misinformation” online may be considered domestic terrorism. The only issue is, they (the US government) are the ones acting as ‘the ministry of truth.’
A few days ago Saudi Arabia executed 81 people for having “deviant beliefs.”
Ben Wizner, Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, American Civil Liberties Union, explains with regards to Assange,
“For the first time in the history of our country, the government has brought criminal charges against a publisher for the publication of truthful information…It establishes a dangerous precedent that can be used to target all news organizations that hold the government accountable by publishing its secrets. And it’s equally dangerous for U.S. journalists who uncover the secrets of other nations.
Ben Wizner, Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
Seeking truth threatens the power and control governments and corporations continue to grasp day by day. What we see today is the justification of unethical actions that are deemed by government to be justified for the good of the world. This requires massive propaganda campaigns to convince a large portion of the citizenry to obey, and stigmatize those who don’t.
“National Security” has become a term used to justify secrecy on virtually anything that threatens the power, control, and reputation of governments and organizations that are tasked with looking out for humanity’s best interests.
What’s The Solution?
It’s high time citizens of the world refuse to get caught up in the back and forth banter of what’s happening, what’s right and what’s wrong. This doesn’t mean running away from truth-seeking, but instead seeking a different and more balanced conversation on the grounds of good faith. It means being ok with the idea that the “popular” narrative and the one presented to us by our “leaders” may not be the only one.
The world is growing tired of people being divided on both sides of a crisis to the point where relationships with friends and family are ending because we cannot find comfortable ways to discuss ideas.
At the heart of any meaningful action in our world is our ability to make sense of reality and unite on a direction. The problem we face in sensemaking is breaking down as we are shutting out a balanced inquiry and pretending that anyone who opposes an idea in the mainstream is just operating off of ‘misinformation.’
We need to unite in something where most of us agree, allowing and giving governments the power to kill innocent people should not be tolerable. It’s not fair that innocent people continue to suffer with regard to complications that have nothing to do with them. I’m not sure what the solution is. A massive shift in consciousness is needed on this planet, and that shift needs to happen in those who “govern” us and seem to desire more power and control. At the same time, an “us versus them” mentality also seems useless.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Formin said Tuesday his country will “reduce military activity” in the Ukraine cities of Kyiv and Chernihiv in pursuit of an agreement to end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The announcement follows what Russians are calling a productive day of diplomatic talks in Istanbul, Turkey, with the invasion now roughly four-weeks old.
Russian state media quoted Formin saying: “Due to the fact that negotiations on the preparation of an agreement on the neutrality and non-nuclear status of Ukraine, as well as on the provision of security guarantees to Ukraine, are moving into practice, taking into account the principles discussed during today’s meeting, by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in order to increase mutual trust and create the necessary conditions for further negotiations and achieving the ultimate goal of agreeing on the signing of the above agreement, a decision was made to radically, at times, reduce military activity in the Kiev and Chernihiv direction.”
Members of the Russian government told state media outlets that Ukraine offered proposals that will be “considered in the near future” and presented to leader Vladimir Putin in short order.
For the past several days, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been requesting a meeting with Putin in hopes of expediting an end to the war.
Ukraine may be on track to declare neutrality and offer security guarantees to Russia “without delay,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday, ahead of another day of negotiations to the weeks-long Russian invasion of his country.
Ukraine’s priority, Zelensky also said, is continuing to ensure sovereignty and “territorial integrity,” in the face of a Russian government seeking to potentially divide up the nation.
Russia continues to demand that Ukraine drop aspirations of joining NATO, which Moscow sees as a threat to its own standing. Zelensky says the question of maintaining neutrality, which would keep Ukraine out of NATO, should be put to a vote by Ukrainians following a Russian withdrawal.
In an interview that, according to the Associated Press, has been banned from being published in Russia, Zelensky said, “We must come to an agreement with the president of the Russian Federation, and in order to reach an agreement, he needs to get out of there on his own feet … and come to meet me.”
Zelensky also emphasized Ukraine’s need for security guarantees of its own.
Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that President Vladimir Putin and Zelensky could meet, but only after key tenets of a potential deal are worked out.
“The meeting is necessary once we have clarity regarding solutions on all key issue,” he said.
Talks between the neighboring countries have been going on for days now, failing to yield a deal that could end the more than month-old war.
In his nightly video address to his people, Zelensky told Ukrainians that he is seeking peace “without delay” in talks that are scheduled to begin in Istanbul, Turkey.
Moscow says its focus is now on take control of Ukraine’s entire eastern Donbas region, which has been partially controlled by Russia-backed separatists since 2014. A Russian military official said Friday that troops were being redirected to the east from other parts of the country, according to the Associated Press.
Is the US being drawn into WW 3 over the corruption of the Biden crime family? Burisma Holdings is owned by oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, who backed the campaign of President Volodymyr Zelensky and funded the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, writes blogger Kanekoa the Great. The profound corruption of Hunter Biden and The Big Guy in Ukraine may also explain Hunter’s mysterious reference to “children burned alive in Donetsk.”
Burisma Holdings, the largest natural gas company in Ukraine, hired Hunter Biden on May 12, 2014 at a salary of $83,000 a month despite his having no experience in Ukraine or the energy sector. Coincidentally, at the same time Vice-President Joe Biden was assigned to handle Ukraine in the Obama White House. This was just three months after Victoria Nuland’s “$5 billion coup” (Salon.com).
Hunter Biden’s benefactor was not really the CEO of Burisma Holdings, Mykola Zlochevsky, Kanekoa claims, but was instead oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky. Kolomoisky is Ukraine’s third-wealthiest man with an estimated fortune of $2.4 billion, and was appointed governor of Dnepropetrovsk by the new government 2014.
“A 2012 study of Burisma Holdings done in Ukraine by the AntiCorruption Action Center (AntAC), an investigative nonprofit co-funded by American billionaire George Soros and the U.S. State Department, found that the true owner of Burisma Holdings was none other than Ukrainian billionaire-oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky”, Kanekoa writes.
(ANTAC was later the source of the DNC’s and Alexandra Chalupa’s Russiagate hoax.)
“The study, which was funded to dig up corruption on the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, instead found that Ihor Kolomoisky ‘managed to seize the largest reserves of natural gas in Ukraine’,” Kanekoa writes.
“In other words, Hunter Biden’s boss and benefactor at Burisma Holdings is the same Ukrainian billionaire-oligarch who also claimed the position of boss and benefactor over Volodymyr Zelensky before he became Ukraine’s president.”
Zelensky became famous portraying a president on TV sitcom “Servant of the People”, which aired on Kolomoisky’s TV network, 1+1 Media Group. In 2019, “Kolomoisky even provided security, lawyers, and vehicles for Zelensky during his campaign”, according to Kanekoa. “Kolomoisky’s bodyguard and lawyer accompanied Zelensky on the campaign trail as Zelensky was chauffeured around in a Range Rover owned by one of Kolomoisky’s companies.”
The “Pandora Papers” leaked by Soros NGOs ICIJ and OCCRP in 2021 “show that Zelensky and his partners in TV production company Kvartal 95 set up a network of offshore firms dating back to at least 2012, the year the company began making regular content for TV stations owned by Ihor Kolomoisky… The offshores were also used by Zelensky associates to purchase and own three prime properties in the center of London”, OCCRP writes.
In 2012, Zelensky’s production company “entered into a deal with Kolomoisky’s media group, which allegedly received $41 million in funds from Kolomoisky ’s Privatbank”, Kanekoa says. Kolomoisky is accused of embezzling $5.5 billion through a PrivatBank subsidiary in Cyprus, “an amount roughly equal to 5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product,” OCCRP writes.
After the 2014 Maidan Coup, the West began propping up the Ukraine government with $15 billion from the International Monetary Fund. This money vanished almost completely under mysterious circumstances, allegedly through oligarch-held banks like PrivatBank. Some of it may have even gone to the Clinton campaign, as Gateway Pundit reported.
PrivatBank was nationalized in 2016. Kolomoisky has been fighting to get it back ever since. Sponsoring a President may be a good way to get your bank back.
“After Zelensky’s victory, Kolomoisky , who had spent the last few years living between Israel and Switzerland, returned to Ukraine to keep up his relationship with the new president, nominating over 30 lawmakers to Zelensky’s newly established party and maintaining influence with many of them in parliament,” writes Kanekoa.
Igor Kolomoisky was also a “top funder of neo-Nazi Azov Battalion since it was formed in 2014”, Kanekoa writes, who led the Kiev government’s attack on the Russian-majority Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk. A 2014 Amnesty International report accused Kolomoisky’s Aidar Battalion of war crimes in Donbas, specifically citing, “widespread abuses, including abductions, unlawful detention, ill-treatment, theft, extortion, and possible executions”. Over 14.000 people have been killed in the war over Donbass since 2014.
In October 2014, Human Rights Watch reported that Ukrainian government forces and pro-government militias were responsible for the widespread use of cluster munitions in populated areas in Donetsk city. “It is shocking to see a weapon that most countries have banned used so extensively in eastern Ukraine,” said Mark Hiznay, senior arms researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Ukrainian authorities should make an immediate commitment not to use cluster munitions and join the treaty to ban them.”
“Children’s schools in Donetsk have been hit so many times by indiscriminate shelling that basements are set up as make-shift bomb shelters and windows are piled high with sandbags,” Kanekoa writes. “Donbas has also become one of the most landmine-contaminated places on earth, putting more than 220,000 children at risk.”
Text messages found on Hunter Biden’s laptop show Hunter Biden asking his lover Hallie Biden, his brother’s widow, if she believed that he had “children burned alive in DONETSK” or “children killed in Donetsk, Ukraine”.”
These seemingly bizarre remarks by the President’s son Hunter may be a reference to his alleged Burisma boss Kolomoisky, who was also allegedly funding the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, which is accused of war crimes and the shelling of civilians and children in Donbass.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that the ‘New World Order’ are deliberately creating economic hardships around the globe in order to push the ‘Great Reset’ on humanity.
During a speech that was broadcast live on Russian television, Putin also slammed Russian oligarchs fleeing to Israel as a “fifth column” of “national traitors” who view themselves as a “superior race” and “cannot make do without foie gras, oysters or gender freedom as they call it.”
“Any nation, and even more so the Russian people, will always be able to distinguish true patriots from scum and traitors and will simply spit them out like an insect in their mouth, spit them onto the pavement,” Putin said.
“I am convinced that a natural and necessary self-detoxification of society like this would strengthen our country, our solidarity and cohesion and our readiness to respond to any challenge,” he added.
Summit.news reports: The Russian president also directly addressed westerners who are being told by the legacy media that skyrocketing gas prices and other economic hardships are purely to blame on Putin.
“I want ordinary Western people to hear me, too,” Putin said. “You are being persistently told that your current difficulties are the result of Russia’s hostile actions and that you have to pay for the efforts to counter the alleged Russian threat from your own pockets. All of that is a lie.”
“The truth is that the problems faced by millions of people in the West are the result of many years of actions by the ruling elite of your respective countries, their mistakes, and short-sighted policies and ambitions. This elite is not thinking about how to improve the lives of their citizens in Western countries. They are obsessed with their own self-serving interests and super-profits.”
No doubt that very same elite will now cite Putin’s criticism of them as reason to assert they have the moral high ground.
Putin is now so roundly vilified, he is turning into some kind of mythical Emmanuel Goldstein figure onto which every crisis and catastrophe can be pinned by the regime.
Ukrainian men who identify as women are being turned back attempting to flee the country, as they are, in fact, men and thus required to remain and be conscripted for military service.
“Trans women are reportedly being denied passage to safer countries, despite their legal status as women and the danger posed by Russia’s transphobic policies,” the U.K. Guardian lamented in a report on Tuesday.
“Ukrainian border guards undress you and touch you everywhere,” said Judis, a transgender “woman” who spoke with the British newspaper. “You can see on their faces they’re wondering ‘what are you?’ like you’re some kind of animal or something.”
Although Judis’ birth certificate identifies him as female, Ukrainian border guards determined he was a male and refused to allow him passage into Poland, where women and children have been fleeing to escape the invasion.
Men have not been allowed to leave the country since martial law was declared on Feb. 24.
Activists told The Guardian that dozens of transgender “women” have also been turned away despite being legally recognized as women, “with many fearing for their lives in the event that Russia’s transphobic regime takes over.”
Ukraine isn’t so hot when it comes to transgender rights all the same. Although transgenders have been allowed legal recognition since 2017, they must undergo extensive psychiatric observation and a “lengthy bureaucratic process” to change official records, so many found themselves still stuck with “male” on their passports when Russia invaded.
“Martial law says all males are obliged to serve in the military, so they can’t leave the country,” Ukrainian transgender activist Olena Shevchenko told The Guardian.
“Technically, the law applies to trans people as well, including both certified trans men and trans women who had not changed their documents. But it sounds like Ukrainian border guards are preventing even trans people with a valid certificate reflecting their new gender from leaving Ukraine, and nobody knows why.”
Really? Nobody knows why?
The border guards were pretty straightforward with Judis as to why he wouldn’t be allowed to cross. They told him “you’re a guy, so get the hell out of here” and that he should be grateful they didn’t call the police, The Guardian reported.
“‘Go to the war’, they replied, adding that more than 3 million people had already fled the country and they weren’t going to let me out,” he said.
Well, this is going to be awkward for everyone with a Ukraine flag right next to their pronouns and LGBT pride emojis in their Twitter bio.
Here’s the blunt reality — men are men, plain and simple.
We are witnessing this brutal reality here in the West as University of Pennsylvania Lia Thomas and other transgender athletes blow away their female competition thanks to woke athletic governance organizations that prefer to virtue signal their acceptance of LGBT+ ideology regardless of how it hurts female athletes. And transgender “women” in Ukraine are getting a horrifically brutal reality check that, when it comes down to defending one’s country, biology really does matter.
What’s ironic, of course, is that the Westerners who have been most emphatic about supporting the Ukrainian government as it fights the Russian invasion probably didn’t even stop to consider the fact that the country isn’t exactly a glorious paradise of liberalism and democracy before jumping on the bandwagon.
Just as I’m sure so many moderns who support transgenderism because it’s en vogue culturally haven’t spent a lot of time considering that it doesn’t apply to real life quite as easily as academia and the woke intelligentsia make it sound.
As an American Supreme Court nominee struggles to define what a “woman” is, Ukrainians are sticking to the tried-and-true definition because they’re both a) not a Western, wokified country and b) they need men to fight the Russians.
The blunt, impolite, politically incorrect basic truth about gender identity and all gender politics applies to Lia Thomas, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s professed ignorance of basic biology, and Ukraine’s refusal to let men flee the country even if they identify as women.
That is, that our bodies define who we are, and men and women are different. What’s more, I would strongly assert, we sorely need to be able to define the differences between men and women in order to continue to protect women.
This is why men simply cannot be women. As Thomas unfairly dominates his fellow competitors in the pool, transgender “women” fleeing Ukraine would be granted privileges that need to be reserved for women and children, that is, the privileges of a protected, physically weaker class of humans, biologically suited to better tend to and protect the children they flee with, to run to safety while men stay and fight.
It’s barbaric to pretend otherwise.
My heart continues to ache for gender dysphoric individuals, and I doubt this compassion will abate anytime soon, but the sympathy I have for them can never change the fundamental truth that human civility will never be preserved if we diminish the definition of a “woman.”
War, like athletics, makes it impossible to deny the undeniable about gender — no matter how much it hurt men who identify as women, men can simply not be women, and women sorely need men to remain men.
Otherwise, there will no longer be any definable concept of “women’s rights” — much less the godly, chivalrous, moral protection that women sorely need.
We must be willing to die on this hill, if need be, if there is to be any hope of maintaining a fair society for women.
“As far as I'm concerned, it's a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity.” -Hunter Thompson