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.