Vladimir Putin is a war criminal and should be treated as one. Strip him of his Russian presidency. Take all of his money. Start the trial at The Hague. Get this over with. (I cleaned this paragraph up a lot, by the way. You should have seen what I originally wrote to do to him.)
My friend Charley sent me Michael Moore’s take on all of this. It’s similar to what I just wrote. Turns out, Michael is a better writer and funnier than I am. He probably has more readers than I do too. Here’s the link: (I hope he doesn’t sue me)
On the other hand, I have a new hero. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Newsweek reports that he received a lengthy standing ovation before and after his speech to the European Parliament.
Zelensky said, Ukrainians are “fighting for our freedom, for our rights and for our survival.” Zelensky added: “Every square in our country will be called Freedom Square. Nobody will break us, we are strong, we are Ukrainians.”
Twice now, I have written here “We are all Ukrainians.” The president has now made it possible for me to actually be one and fight with Ukrainians.
From CNN: Addressing “all citizens of the world, friends of Ukraine, peace and democracy,” Zelensky said: “Anyone who wants to join the defense of Ukraine, Europe and the world can come and fight side by side with the Ukrainians against the Russian war criminals.”
The statement added that those who wish to join should contact the Defense Attache of the Embassy of Ukraine in their countries.
The Hill reports that Zelensky fan gear is flooding the internet. One T-shirt has perhaps his most famous quote to date. When the U.S offered to evacuate him from Ukraine before the invasion, he said, “I need ammunition, not a ride.” I want that shirt.
When this is all over with, we will tell the story of two men. One… a failed dictator that lost everything because of his pursuit of glory. The other… a former stand up comedian and actor that has led his people to fight against one of the world’s mightiest armies.
During his State of the Union speech last night, President Biden said, “We, the United States of America, stand with the Ukrainian people.”
The world watches. As President Zelensky said, “Light will win over darkness.”
And he said this: “We are all here, defending our independence, our country. And it will stay that way. Glory to the men and women defending us. Glory to Ukraine. Glory to the heroes.”