You knew that Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky speech to Congress was going to be impassioned. He delivered.
The Washington Post likened his speech to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill speaking to Congress in 1941. It was three weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
On Wednesday, Zelensky brought up Pearl Harbor as well as 9/11. Two incidents that changed America. He said, “Our country experiences the same every day, right now, at this moment, every night for three weeks now.”
Churchill wanted the United States to ramp up its mobilization into World War Two. Zelensky wants the same for the war in Ukraine.
Zelensky will not get his no-fly zone over Ukraine. Not now. President Biden did give him $800 million in other assistance. We will see if it helps.
President Biden also called Vladimir Putin a “war criminal.” CNN calls it a rhetorical leap. While it’s Biden’s harshest criticism yet of Putin,
The International Criminal Court at The Hague has opened an investigation into war crimes in Ukraine.
Back to President Zelensky’s speech to Congress. He closed it with a powerful appeal to President Biden.
“You are the leader of your great nation. I wish you to be the leader of the world. Being the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace.”
“Slava Ukraini!” That’s what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said when she introduced President Zelensky. He ended his speech saying the same thing in English. “Glory to Ukraine.”