We must tell the truth to those in power, as Zelensky did

There is no doubt that Ireland cannot afford any of this Ukraine Needs; but there is no doubt that we must do all we can.

residents Volodymyr ZelenskyyYesterday’s historic war address to the Dáil must be the catalyst for a vigorous diplomatic response.

His words would always attract attention, but whether they call for action remains to be seen.

The President of Ukraine rightly highlighted how we could do more in terms of leadership to end the nightmare for his people.

In the corridors of Brussels, our voice must reflect his concerns.

The hour has come when the world will see whether this is a moment of honor or shame for the European Union.

Ukraine has appealed to Ireland to help persuade Brussels to tighten its grip on financial vices Russia. Given the daily atrocities, that’s not asking much.

If the EU is not up to the challenge of putting the protection of people’s lives ahead of commercial interests, what is its hallmark?

When it was founded, it promised to promote peace and preserve stability. Now is the time to live up to those ideals, because looking the other way or doing nothing could still be her undoing.

It must be willing to either pay the price for preserving its values ​​or accept that it is just another clearinghouse where integrity can be left at the door.

Mr Zelensky hailed Ireland’s support for his country’s accelerated bid for EU membership, but was also outspoken about growing commercial concerns about people’s well-being.

Vladimir Putin reckons that the West is morally lax and will therefore put comfort before conscience when deciding how to respond to his invasion.

In truth, if a country as small as Lithuania is willing to lead by example and say no to Russian gas, why are the so much richer and more powerful still comfortable fatting Moscow’s war chest?

Mr. Zelensky has also asked the world to reawaken its conscience and consider the appalling hypocrisy of allowing Russia to sit on the UN Security Council while it is committing war crimes.

“Where is the security that the Security Council must guarantee?” he rightly asked.

Character does what you don’t want to do but know you should do. If there was ever a time for the EU to show its character, it is now.

President Zelensky did not interrupt his duties to protect his people just to present a gold-rimmed photograph to the Dáil.

His heartfelt appeal was the opposite of a self-exaltation exercise.

With brutal honesty at a time of great need, he asked the Irish people for help because he believes in our willingness to speak truth to those in power.

In defense of decency and democracy it should be an honor to do so.

https://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/we-must-speak-truth-to-power-the-way-zelensky-has-41528119.html We must tell the truth to those in power, as Zelensky did

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