In the toughest and most gut-wrenching strike from the international community against mean ol’ Putin, organizers of the International European Tree Contest have banned Russia from participating in their Tree of the Year contest.
Take that, Vlad!
To add on to this joke of an attempt at literally useless virtue signaling, the event officials awarded the “prestigious” award to Poland, because Poland is helping Ukrainians flee their country.
Furthermore, they released a statement saying: “This move is not directed against ordinary Russian women and men. We appreciate all active citizens of the Russian Federation who strive for a free civil society and the protection of nature. However, we cannot stand idly by and watch the unprecedented aggression of the Russian leadership against a neighboring country. The exclusion of Russia from the competition is a step that must be understood in the context of international efforts to isolate Russia in order to stop the war.”
Boy, do I have a lot to say about this hilarious cancelation.
First, note that they mentioned women ahead of men towards the beginning. It’s not at all surprising that an environmentalist, Leftist wacko organization that literally just awards countries with “Tree of the Year” (in all likelihood as a front for some money laundering or other bribery actions, kind of like how Ukraine is known for laundering money and being massive Clinton, Biden and other Democrat donors) would be so “woke” as to say “women and men” when “men and women” is the far more common phrase.
Second, I find it hilarious that they call whatever they don’t like “unprecedented.” Just what’s unprecedented about one country invading another? Russia invaded Georgia and Armenia, and took Crimea in 2014, albeit without having to fight.
Before that, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Croatia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Albania, Romania, Iran, Finland, the Baltic states, Ukraine (1919), the Ottoman Empire, Galicia, Germany, etc. in reverse order. And that’s JUST in the case of Russia. Of course, many other countries have conducted invasions. In the 2000s alone, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, Ethiopia invaded Somalia, Comoros invaded Anjouan, Kenya invaded Somalia, Turkey invaded Syria; Senegal, Nigeria and Ghana invaded Gambia and the UAE invaded Yemen.
After World War II, China invaded Tibet (twice), France invaded Vietnam, Pakistan invaded India; Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Syria invaded Israel, North Korea invaded South Korea, North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam, Iraq invaded Iran, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, Iran invaded Iraq, etc.
Before then, over literal millennia, countries have invaded other countries and particularly neighboring ones. Countries invading other countries is the most precedented thing in world history.
Lastly, I find it the most hilarious that they actually take themselves so seriously as to believe this is an effort to isolate Russia from the international community and would do even the most miniscule of things to stop war in Ukraine.
Either they could take lessons in humility from Narcissus or they are massive morons.
Do you really think Putin received news of this and thought “Man, this is getting out of hand. We’ve now been cancelled by hippy tree people from competing to see who has the prettiest tree! Clearly, this is a sign that what I’m doing is not very well received by people I already didn’t like nor respect. I shall put an end to this now, before we miss out on the ‘World’s Fanciest Hat’ award”?
What, exactly, would something like this practically achieve? Nothing, of course, but it’s not meant to achieve anything practical. Like I said, this is just useless virtue signaling to express support for the “current thing” the Left supports: Ukraine.
Granted, the Left only supports Ukraine because it’s a cash cow for them and they may or may not have very incriminating evidence of crimes against humanity in some of the biolabs in that country, but they’re still generally pushing for Russia to not be inside Ukraine anyway.
And the only reason people like the organizers of the “world’s prettiest tree” event do this isn’t to actually show support for a country under siege. They don’t care one wit about the plight of the Ukrainian people. They only do this to show support for their Leftist buddies to keep events like these going. If they didn’t do something this worthless and idiotic, they themselves would be on the other end of the ban hammer. They themselves would be the ones being canceled.
So, they do stupid crap like this to “stop the war” as if anyone would believe this does anything to achieve that.
With the way things are going, the next major war America and the West participate in will be a massive defeat (particularly since the American military will now be accepting those who weigh the same as a Bradley into their ranks) and very deservedly so.
I’d feel no sadness over the loss of a West which long abandoned God and worships the self, kills babies in cold blood and parades around the sexually abominable, and sends out ridiculous and useless virtue signals in fake shows of “support” that amount to literally nothing, all for the sake of a paycheck.
What a worthless culture this one is.
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