Human Events Daily's Jack Posobiec took issue with President Volodymyr Zelensky's stance at the outset of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Posobiec said that Ukraine’s plan was to publicly act like the country was going to join NATO, while behind the scenes the country’s leadership knew full well that would not happen.
"So there's President Zelensky of Ukraine, explaining that from the jump there was this public plan to tell people or act like Ukraine was about to join NATO, when behind the scenes he already knew it wasn't happening," Posobiec said after playing a clip of Zelensky.
Posobiec cited a Wall Street Journal article, talking about the Chancellor of Germany in the days leading up to the war in Eastern Europe.
"Olaf Scholz made one last push for a settlement between Moscow and Kiev. He told Mr. Zelensky in Munich on February 19, that Ukraine should publicly renounce its NATO aspirations and declare neutrality as part of a wider European security deal between the rest and Russia. The pact will be signed by Mr. Putin and Mr. Biden, who would jointly guarantee Ukraine security. Mr. Zelensky replied that Mr. Putin couldn't be trusted to uphold such an agreement and that most Ukrainians wanted to join NATO. His answer left German officials worried that the chances of peace were fading," Posobiec said, quoting the article.
Posobiec noted that this meant that "neutrality was on the table and ended up being rejected."
"Why wasn't it even tried? Why weren't negotiations actually tried at the beginning of this?" Posobiec questioned.
"When I see these images coming out of Ukraine from day one… and you see all this happening, right? I get it. Both sides have their grievances. One side attacked another. They said they felt threatened, right? The West, the Biden family, the Clinton family, they were stealing with both hands inside Ukraine. The corruption is off the charts. But my question is, what about the people?" He asked.
"What about the people who are there on the ground that apparently don't have any say in any of this? Were they asked, where they asked, do you want war or you want peace?" He continued.
He argued that for those who say "you should have gone to war with Russia sooner," peace should have been the first, and most pushed for, option.
"We wanted peace in Ukraine. And if that meant a treaty, and if that meant signing a deal if that meant doing a negotiation, right. You work that out like adults. You don't sit there and dig your heels in and say no, when lives are on the line," Posobiec said, continuing on to note the horrifying images emerging from the city of Bucha.
He said that the images are clearly of "atrocities of a crime scene," but said that leaders are saying that people need to "react this immediately."
"Full pathos, right. No, no room for logos whatsoever. No room for discussion, or debate, or negotiation or in, you know, basic investigation. What happened here? What happened on the ground? Why did this happen? Who did this? You know, who was targeted? Any of these basic functions that you would do if this were a law enforcement situation. When I say show me the evidence, show me the evidence. Don't just make me react to something emotionally," he said.
"Because that's what they want. They don't want you looking into any of this stuff anymore. They don't want you talking about the Munich conference. They don't want the Wall Street Journal coming out there and pointing out the fact that neutrality was on the table at one point, and it was rejected. It was rejected. And I want people to remember that. There was always a path to peace here," he continued.
He said that there was always a path to peace, and that it wasn’t a one way street.
Human Events Daily, he said, are "pro peace," and "pro truth." That's why he makes a point of saying that people should not rush to judgement when they see jarring, gruesome images from Ukraine.
"We're going to tell the truth. We're not going to lie about why these things are happening and why these horrible images are coming across our timelines and our feeds every single day. We're not going to lie about who did what, and if we can't confirm something, and if something is disputed, then we're not going to act like it is confirmed and then demand you respond to it immediately, all right? That's what a hack does. That's what an activist does. That's not reporting. That's not investigatory," Posobiec said.
"Here, we're going to look at the situation, we're going to consider all angles and find what's the best path forward for the people who are on the ground and the people who are in the line of fire, not the way our feckless elites treat them," he concluded.
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