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Fox News commentator Piers Morgan recently commented on the role of social media and how it relates to world affairs during an interview with Martha MacCallum.
The interview, which aired on “The Untold Story” podcast on Fox News Audio, had Morgan taking the position that if Twitter had existed in the world of 1939, when Hitler annexed Czechoslovakia and invaded Poland (which officially launched the Second World War in Europe), the west would never have confronted the German tyrant.
Morgan started off by touting himself as a champion of free speech against “cancel culture:”
“This cancel culture phenomenon, for want of a better phrase, has got to be canceled, and I see myself as leading the charge in the battle for free speech.”
MacCallum felt that it was “self-indulgent” to engage in the usual discourse in the wake of the political earthquake that has resulted from Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine:
“And I can’t help but think, and I’ve thought this in the early days of the war in Ukraine, ‘Well, there goes all that garbage.’ You know, because when you see people struggling for their lives and you see a war underway, it makes all of that seem really trivial,” she said.
(Listen to the full episode of “The Untold Story” below):
In reply, Morgan seemed to feel that there weren’t enough alternative views being accepted by “the woke brigade.” Morgan also slammed what he considered the “pointless virtue signaling” of said brigade:
“The level of pointless virtue signaling, the level of attacks on free speech, the level of attacks on division of opinion was unprecedented and yet fueled by this crisis. So I wish I could share your optimism that even a war would concentrate people’s minds, that the spectacle of watching maternity hospitals in Ukraine being bombed, of women – pregnant women and children being blown to pieces – would somehow focus the minds of people about what is important in life, about giving them a new perspective. But I fear it won’t be the case, that actually the opposite will happen.”
For her part, MacCallum felt that the war was a “game-changing event” and noted the frustration Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy must feel at the lackluster support most western countries have given as Ukraine fights for its life against the Russian aggression.
“I think this is going to go on for some time. I think this is a game-changing event that happens across Europe and has all kinds of implications. I thought it was interesting. President Zelenskyy was talking about Boris Johnson and saying that he felt that he’s been the most helpful leader in this environment. And Zelenskyy is clearly frustrated with the promises that have been made to him and the desperate situation that he finds himself in,” she said.
Noting the lack of resolve in the west, Morgan commented that we’re signaling to Russian President Vladimir Putin that the U.S. has no real red line, that it keeps showing weakness and allowing itself to be blackmailed by Putin’s threats to use nuclear weapons if anyone intervenes to help the victim of his latest aggression.
In 1939, the world had finally had enough of Hitler’s demands, but in 2022, Morgan seems to feel that the west has already effectively told Putin that it’ll cave in the face of nuclear blackmail, even against “Baltic island” countries that are NATO members, rendering the U.S.’s credibility and nuclear deterrent worthless.
“The morality of this is if [Putin] invades a native country and if Putin does take over what he wants in Ukraine and then invades a native country because he’s factored in our fear of him and his threats of using his nuclear arsenal as a reason not to engage with him, why does that dynamic change when he invades a native country?” Morgan asked. “All he’ll do, then, if he invades one of the Baltic island countries, for example, all he has to say is, I’m going to nuke you if you do anything, and we’ve already blinked. We’ve already said, well, we’re not prepared to engage in that, in which point at which point I say, Well, then the nuclear mad option of mutually assured destruction disintegrates.”
Morgan also pointed out that Putin doesn’t seem to respond to sanctions, diplomacy, or exercises of soft power.
“This is one guy using his country’s nuclear arsenal to bully his way around the world, and at some point, you’ve got to stand up to him. Bullies only understand one language,” he said.
This hand-wringing has led to a moral bankruptcy and a paralyzing fear that doesn’t allow for any action to be taken, prompting Morgan to say that if this was 1939, nobody on Twitter would have stood up to Hitler for fear of “escalation” and the”consequences” being threatened by a murderous tyrant and aggressor.
“But I also think we have a moral compulsion to do what Zelenskyy’s saying – to get engaged and to take on a dictator,” Morgan said. “Because frankly, I think if Twitter had been around in 1939, we wouldn’t have engaged with Adolf Hitler because people would have been too worried about the consequences.”
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