Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s latest Twitter pronouncement shed glaring light on the fallacy of the U.S. proxy war on Russia. The conservative mouthpiece listed an impressive and bipartisan roster of voices declaring that the war is no less than a battle for democracy.
From White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to House Foreign Affairs Chairman Mike McCaul (R-TX) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), the message stayed on point.
“If we have martial law, we cannot have elections.”
— Zelenskyy, Martial law President
Zelenskyy was elected for his campaign promise of peace. Now Ukraine is at war. Do you think Zelenskyy would win another term if there would be an election in Ukraine this year?
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) May 14, 2023
The deadly and expensive war is for freedom and democracy.
Only, is Ukraine in fact a democracy?
Not according to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who apparently will let martial law continue. According to the Ukraine Constitution, presidential elections may not be held during such times.
This from the man Carlson sarcastically referred to as “the world’s foremost democracy advocate.” Zelenskyy’s initial declaration of martial law, which was made last year on Feb. 24, shows no signs of letting up.
His five-year term is set to end in March of 2024, but that may not happen. In a recent interview, the president was unclear on exactly what will transpire next year when his elected time in office expires.
As he explained, “If we have martial law, we cannot have elections. The constitution prohibits any elections during martial law. If there is no martial law, then there will be.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement from democracy’s premiere advocate.
In the wake of the Wagner Group’s halted march on Moscow, Zelenskyy reiterated his stand that elections will almost certainly not take place. “According to [Ukrainian] legislation, elections must be held in peacetime when there are no hostilities.”
Some feel that there must be “creativity” and that elections should go on despite the conflict.
Tini Kox, a Dutch political leader who is President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), said they are necessary despite the war. “Don’t leave it to the Russian aggressor to decide when you will have election,” Kox told Zelenskyy.
He declared that European nations stood ready to assist Ukraine in exercising democracy.
That suggestion did not sit well with Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Alexey Danilov. He suggested that PACE turn its attention elsewhere and reconfirmed that “no elections can take place.”