Heroes need not be martyrs

Damn Russia and pass the ammunition!

Though nothing will drive them away
We can beat them just for one day
We can be heroes just for one day …

And the shame was on the other side
Oh, we can beat them forever and ever
Then we could be heroes just for one day — David Bowie

The world needs heroes. Now it has one in the president of embattled Ukraine. Anyone can give stirring speeches — or write brave blogs. Volodymyr Zelensky is putting his life on the line in the cause of freedom. This biblical David stands up to the neighborhood bully armed with the equivalent of a slingshot while the world stands on the sidelines with smartphone cameras held aloft.

Unambiguous, not temporizing. All in. No wiggle. Heading for the danger, like the Ukrainian ambassador leaving the safety of the United States to join the fight back home. Courage — not in the face of defeat but in the face of death. How unlike their counterparts in Afghanistan!


“This may be the last time you see me alive,” Russia’s Target #1 said Friday 02-25-22. His family is Target #2. Not an idle threat. When the people of Hungary took to the streets in 1956, Russia plucked their leader out of Budapest and killed him in Moscow. Putin kills his enemies, too. The man IS poison.

Zelensky no longer plays a president on T.V., he plays a hero in real life. The stuff of monuments and novenas, the name given to children yet born.

Ukraine’s president turned down an offer from the United States of evacuation to safety from the capital city Kyiv, the Ukraine embassy in Britain said Saturday on Twitter.

“The fight is here! I need ammunition, not a ride!”

Would that the West had half his courage. In Europe, who since Winston Churchill and the resistance in Nazi Germany (people like Milwaukee-born Mildred Harnack)? In America, equivalent of the “Let’s roll” passengers of United Airlines Flight #93 and the civil rights heroes at Edmund Pettus Bridge.

While the effects of sanctions may take months before they are felt, as President Biden acknowledges, Ukraine has hours. Will the world wait until Russia moves on Poland as it did in conjunction with Hitler in 1939? At this point, moving on Kalingrad and St. Petersburg would not even be pre-emption.

At Sacred Hearts elementary school, the young Groundskeeper wondered if he would have the courage of the martyrs who kept the faith as they were fed to the lions. Because they did, we worship Jesus today, not Mars.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Zelensky needs ammo. And maybe (despite what we may have written earlier) aircraft carriers off the coast of Odessa.

Do you agree that Zelensky defeats Putin?

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16 Responses to Heroes need not be martyrs

  1. Number1Son says:

    Wow. This is your best written blog I have ever read. It is powerful and inspirational. We should be sending weapons, tanks, arms to Ukraine through the Poland border.

    Zelensky started out as a comedian playing a mock president. Now he is a fighter and a moral inspiration.

    God Be with you President Zelenski

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Pasco says:

    Zelenski and his citizens should an example for all Americans to stand up for what they believe. For that matter so are Blaska and former Mayor Dave to be admired. Stand against DDPD!
    Dumb Democrat Policy Descions!


  3. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    NEWS FLASH: The Madison mayor and city council have officially condemned the invasion of Ukraine. That should stop Putin in his tracks.


  4. Balboa says:

    Dairyland chicks also say putin is like a big meany. David B, thank you for blogging, hope u win write for school board.


  5. richard lesiak says:

    STAND WITH UKRAINE…great post Dave; stay on this. Put a s23t load of planes in the air and drop these people what they want…AMMO.


  6. Bill Cleary says:

    What do we have to fear but fear itself when most of our politicians resemble cowardly lions.


  7. Greg Lerdahl says:

    Zelensky’s actions are so obviously selfless and heroic that Biden and Trudeau look weak and unserious by comparison.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Balboa says:

    “And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder
    One of the four beasts saying,
    ‘Come and see.’ and I saw, and behold a white horse”

    There’s a man goin’ ’round takin’ names
    And he decides who to free and who to blame
    Everybody won’t be treated all the same
    There’ll be a golden ladder reachin’ down
    When the man comes around

    The hairs on your arm will stand up
    At the terror in each sip and in each sup
    Will you partake of that last offered cup
    Or disappear into the potter’s ground?
    When the man comes around

    Hear the trumpets hear the pipers
    One hundred million angels singin’
    Multitudes are marchin’ to the big kettledrum
    Voices callin’, voices cryin’
    Some are born and some are dyin’
    It’s alpha and omega’s kingdom come
    And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree
    The virgins are all trimming their wicks
    The whirlwind is in the thorn tree
    It’s hard for thee to kick against the pricks

    Till armageddon no shalam, no shalom
    Then the father hen will call his chickens home
    The wise man will bow down before the throne
    And at his feet they’ll cast their golden crowns
    When the man comes around

    Whoever is unjust let him be unjust still
    Whoever is righteous let him be righteous still
    Whoever is filthy let him be filthy still
    Listen to the words long written down
    When the man comes around

    Hear the trumpets hear the pipers
    One hundred million angels singin’
    Multitudes are marchin’ to the big kettledrum
    Voices callin’, voices cryin’
    Some are born and some are dyin’
    It’s alpha and omega’s kingdom come
    And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree
    The virgins are all trimming their wicks
    The whirlwind is in the thorn trees
    It’s hard for thee to kick against the prick
    In measured hundredweight and penny pound
    When the man comes around

    “And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts
    And I looked, and behold a pale horse
    And his name that sat on him was death, and hell followed with him”

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    • Bill Cleary says:


      How true, how true. Lots of people going to be really shocked. I can just imagine the reaction of some when they see the risen Christ.

      “Oh shit, it’s true, you do exist!”

      Going to be a bad day for the whole world for many. The wicked and the wise will shake and shudder, lamenting their own stupidity.

      As it is stated in Matthew 16:26- “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul.”


  9. David Gerard says:

    The world certainly has changed since your January 22 posting on Ukraine. It looks like you put your finger in the air and found out which way the wind is blowing.

    You sounded like Hitler describing the Sudetenland when you said that is “why Russia insists on its own version of the Monroe Doctrine over a neighbor — poor and corrupt — with which it shares a land border of 1,226 miles. Thirty percent speak Russian — most of the rest as a second language. They share a religion and a history.”

    Have you no shame?

    Then you said: “Putin is a snake but he’s not flying planes into the World Trade Center. Is Ukraine a distraction?” No, this is not a distraction. This is pure evil – something you seem unable to recognize.

    Then you said: “Sanctions? Sure. Hardware? O.K., but make certain their check clears.” Unfortunately, Zelensky can’t get to the bank right now.

    Have you no shame?

    Your silence was deafening in 2019 when you refused to hold Trump accountable for his delay in sending Ukraine military aid.

    Have you no shame?


    • David Blaska says:

      Your points on my previous blogge are valid and I admit to a change of heart. As to 2019, if you weren’t aware of any delay — and it was of short duration — how would I know? (If you did denounce it, please provide link.) In any case, Trump sent weaponry; Obama sent face masks. As for criticizing Trump, are you new here?


  10. Michael Leger says:

    Unimpressed with Zelensky. From my extremely limited perspective, he is less competent to lead Ukraine than Biden is the US. I also do not support nazism in any form. I also do not support Putin’s aggression.

    Simple solution – allow the people of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions to vote on which country they want to be a part of. As they voted to secede from Ukraine in 2014, the outcome is predictable.

    There are greater than 90% native Russian speakers in that area. One of Zelensky’s first moves as President was to remove Russian as an official state language. One of his next moves was to allow the Azov battalion to enforce his diktats in the Donbass.

    The Azov battalion – an openly neo-nazi organization – plays an active role in the Zelensky government. Biletsky, their leader stated “The historic mission of our nation in this critical moment is to lead the White Races of the world in a final crusade for their survival. A crusade against the Semite-led Untermenschen.” At Biletsky’s urging, Zelensky went to NATO in December begging for nukes. Erik Prince, of Blackwater infamy, is intimately involved with the Azov organization.

    I also do not trust stories being actively promulgated by the MSM – the miraculous transformation of clown to leader in the present case – that magically appear everywhere overnight. Biden’s speech on the subject was pure propaganda. That so many people are willingly jump on a blatantly biased bandwagon I find deeply troubling for our future.


  11. David Gerard says:

    I feel compelled to respond to this for Zelensky since he is busy at this time. This is what he would say.


    Do not listen to this propaganda and misinformation.

    This is an effort to minimize Russia’s invasion and subsequent war crimes. The writer does not condemn Putin because he is a professional snake oil salesman who shares an authoritarian and fiercely nationalistic worldview with a deeply disturbed murderer.

    This is not a distraction. This is not a border dispute. This is evil effort to change the world order.

    Comments like these are motivated by a shared ideological project of reactionary politics that is an expression of international solidarity with totalitarianism. In other words, he is a psychological cripple in his worship of the strongman.

    Make no mistake about it – Russia is an adversary of the U.S. who seeks to undermine the American political system and sabotage U.S. foreign policy goals.

    In the meantime, be prepared to see some very bad things in the weeks to come. In the words of Dwight Eisenhower: “You can’t have this kind of war. There just aren’t enough bulldozers to scrape the bodies off the streets.”


  12. Michael Leger says:

    For anyone interested in a more nuanced version of the shituation:


    Martin Armstrong’s nickname is ‘The Forecaster’, for his ability to accurately forecast geo-political and economic events. I find his perspective extremely valuable, particularly on the world scene.


  13. real(77)ity says:

    Zelensky was impressive when – during Trump’s 2019 attempted extortion phone call – he didn’t agree to announce a bogus investigation about Biden. Now Ukraine has the support of the US, Europe and many other countries. There’s worldwide condemnation of the invasion and Trump’s buddy Putin.

    Good luck with your economy Vladimir.


  14. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    With all due respect to the Ukrainian resistance, when Hitler invaded Poland in September of 1939, everyone (rightly) praised the heroic Polish resistance. It took him a month of blitzkrieg, with the help of the USSR, to crush Poland. Did anyone seriously expect VP to crush Ukraine in a matter of days? When it does inevitably fall, the question should be what kind of response the West manages to engineer. So far, it looks pretty feeble, as was the response of Britain and France in 1939, both of which had pledged military assistance if Poland were invaded and spectacularly reneged on that promise.


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