Flags of Convenience

It’s unacceptable, it’s a disgrace for the tournament. There must be sanctions imposed. It’s important to ask Novak Djokovic his opinion on the situation. Is he supporting Putin? Is he supporting war in Ukraine? What does he think about his father’s support?”

– Ambassador Vasyl Myroshnychenko seems to think he’s back in Stalinist Ukraine

Yesterday in Melbourne, under the Aboriginal flag, part-Aborigine Lidia Thorpe called for violence nationwide against whites. For emphasis, she waved around the kind of club possibly being used in ‘townships’ to bash women and children every day. Because this happened in Victoria, she will not be charged with incitement. Elsewhere in Australia’s capital of lawless extremism – the city where court trials are rigged and (white) citizens are shot at by Labor’s VicPol security forces – the father of a tennis player posed for a picture with a few Russian nationals carrying their nation’s flag. The ABC calls this an “incident.” There was, in fact, no incident. No crime, no violence, no goading of a mob to club or kill its enemies. The Ukrainian ambassador – who serially disregards the diplomatic convention of keeping out of local affairs and who represents a larcenous state whose caudillo has banned democracy and the rule of law – should be officially counselled to mind his own business. Novak Djokovic is not required to explain himself to swastika wavers.

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12 Responses to Flags of Convenience

  1. Not Trampis says:


    The rule of law still exists in Ukraine.

    do not give Ukraine tanks and jet fighters give them missiles so russia knows what is coming next time they target apartment blocks, supermarkets, hospitals and schools.

    The dopy father has gotten all the opprobrium he deserves. Supporting a terrorist nation like russia only occurs to those who have no moral compass.

    CL cannot even get his propaganda consistent. you can be a nazi or a stalinist but not both.

  2. C.L. says:

    I’m hardly surprised you’re unfamiliar with one of the most famous cartoons of all time. Stalinists and Nazis are brothers-in-socialism.

    The rule of law still exists in Ukraine.

    LOL. Name one other country governed by the rule of law that has several nazi battalions, a President named in the Panama Papers and a defence supremo who was just sacked for stealing money from the army’s food budget.


  3. Boambee John says:

    LOL, Non Mentis is too ignorant to know that Nazis and fascists were leftists.

    If only he had not failed pre-school, he might have learned to read.

  4. Nix says:

    Freedom loving Putin fans harrassed by Victorian brown shirts while fake black Nazis rule the streets. The sooner Putin invades australia to save us from these Nazis the better!

  5. Franx says:

    The Ukranian ambassador is an agent provocateur, for:
    1. S. Djokovic is ‘outside the stadium’.
    2. Outside the stadium, he is entitled to stand next to any national flag.
    3. S. Djokovic finds himself standing next to to a white flag.
    4. A white flag is the flag allowed by TA to represent Russian players.
    5. S.Djokovic, as the father of a tennis champion, is clearly being polite in not pushing aside the little white-flag-bearing group.
    6. S.Djokovic soon turns to leave the group, having acted entirely tactfully, prudently.
    As for the ambassador, he is neither polite nor politic but a desperate troublemaker. Unbefitting conduct for an ambassador to Australia.

  6. Franx says:

    On review, I notice I had mistakenly taken a flag of sorts to be only a white flag, for that is how it first appeared to me in the dark clip. I was clearly wrong on that point. Nevertheless, standing next to a flag white or not, S.Djokovic was acting in a civil manner, and lawfully in every respect. Not so the ambassador.

  7. C.L. says:

    Good points, Franx. The flag isn’t white, though; that’s the top of the Russian flag. Putin’s face is emblazoned on it.

    It has to be said that those Russians – especially the one in the “Z” shirt – were clearly looking to cause a politically-themed kerfuffle. Given that such individuals might alarm tennis patrons, I don’t have a problem with them being controlled by officials. Do they want to watch a sporting contest or not? What cannot be excused is an ambassador weighing into domestic political matters as if he were a Premier. Djokovic Sr has done nothing wrong and his son isn’t required to express any opinion of the war.

  8. Lee says:

    What Ambassador Vasyl Myroshnychenko was demanding is like asking a Nisei during WWII whether he or she supports the empire of Japan against the U.S.A.

    Instead they were locked up for the duration in internment camps (unless they signed up to the army to fight in Europe).

  9. Ed Case says:

    The Nisei in California were locked up regardless and their property stolen in most instances.
    The generation born in America were required to register for The Draft, those who were uncompliant [the No/No Boys] were transported back to Japan, where they were considered traitors to their Country [the U.S.]
    Believe it or not.

  10. Old Lefty says:

    No surprise that this has happened in Victoria where we now have, courtesy of the so-called anti-conversion laws privileging LGBTQI+ identity, prison terms for thougtcrime.

  11. Ed Case says:

    Djokovic Sr has done nothing wrong and his son isn’t required to express any opinion of the war.

    Tennis is an extremely boring game.
    It’s never been popular in Australia, apart from among people who like Musical Theatre.

    So, Tennis Australia always has it’s hand out for funding and promotes the Narrative of the day.
    At the moment, the Battle is on for Bakhmut, once the capital of a Serb State in what is now Ukraine.
    So, Djoker can’t take a trick with the Labor Government either.

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