Zelensky Puff Peace Adds No Value To Ending Russo-Ukraine War
Henry J. Wilson’s letter "Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky offers a reminder to America" (Chicago Tribune, Dec.23) sounds like it came straight from Zelensky’s press agent.
“Zelensky in all his shining glory”; “Zelensky’s speech was the most inspiring address I have heard from Capitol Hill in my 28 years of life as a proud American”; Zelensky a “combination of brilliant timing, the honesty of a world-class statesman and the bravery of a true warrior."
An "inspiring speech" does not reject negotiations to promote endless war that is destroying Ukraine as a functioning nation, especially when Zelensky could have avoided the war by implementing the 2015 Minsk II Accords that would have given autonomy to Donbas Ukrainians.
A "world class statesman" does not make 3 years of war against his own people because they prefer to speak Russian and seek freedom from Zelensky led oppression. Nor does such a statesman risk nuclear war by demanding the US intervene directly with Russia.
A "brave, true warrior" does not cave to ultranationalists who demanded he turn on the people in Donbas who elected him in 2019 on his promise to incorporate them into a unified Ukraine.
Mr. Wilson is simply promoting US unipolar dominance with its determination to keep Russia out of the European political economy, regardless of how much death and destruction it brings to Ukraine.
His letter offers no solution to keep the Russo Ukraine war from spinning out of control, possibly even going nuclear. That is the goal we must all focus on.
Walt Zlotow became involved in antiwar activities upon entering University of Chicago in 1963. He is current president of the West Suburban Peace Coalition based in the Chicago western suburbs. He blogs daily on antiwar and other issues at www.heartlandprogressive.blogspot.com.