Sunday, March 6, 2022

Volodymyr Zelensky, or, Heroes and Statues

Is Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a good person? 

Who knows! All I know about him is that he used to be a comic actor and then ran for president on an anti-corruption platform; until a month ago he was a very controversial figure in Ukraine with a lot of opponents. Now he is a war hero.

If Ukraine survives this war, will he deserve a statue?

I was struck by this thought yesterday, reading yet another adulatory piece about his great leadership. This, I thought, is why people put up statues.

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