The War in Ukraine One Year Later
In the summer of 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met for a conference on the U.S. battleship Iowa. The U.S. was implementing the lend/lease program to assist England with armaments, food and moral assistance against Nazi Germany.
A year after Russia invaded Ukraine, the outcome is still unclear.
But one thing is clear, the resolve of President Volodymyr Zelensky, President Joe Biden and the European Union has not faltered—they have embraced a steady posture and the spirit of truth.
In the summer of 1941 (five months before Pearl Harbor and Adolf Hitler declaring war on the U.S.) President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill met for a conference on the battleship Iowa. The U.S. was implementing the lend/lease program to assist England with armaments, food and moral assistance. They sang Christian Battle Hymns aboard ship.
Now we have Vladimir Putin, who does not believe in angels or laughter, full of ambition to recapture the Russia of Joseph Stalin from the glory years of communism. Since 1999 Putin has acquired all the power and wealth of Russia under his personal umbrella. He did it via authoritarian tactics of suppression, mysterious deaths, gulags, etc. He absorbed Russia's vast oil and gas industries, as well as banking and the military. Now he is often thought of as the richest man in the world. Has he shared his wealth? Oh, yeah. For loyalty to him and not the country, Putin has made many oligarchs billionaires. Meanwhile, 20% of the Russian residents are without indoor plumbing. Freedom of speech is forbidden in Russia—say the wrong thing and you are locked up.
Putin justifies his war by telling his citizens that the Ukrainians and the E.U. are Nazis that threaten their country. Since war was declared against Ukraine, many businesses have fled Russia. Influential people of conscience are leaving and the military has had to conscript criminal inmates to fight in Ukraine.
Meanwhile Putin shows no fear over the U.N.’s threat to hold him accountable for war crimes he and his commanders committed in Ukraine. He could not care less about the judgment of history or that of a just God.
Putin and his oligarchs only fear the loss of power and money. For those who believe Russia can be forced to negotiate a peace must understand that position does not resonate with the facts of history. Dictators do not give up territory they have taken. The war in Ukraine likely has to be won on the battlefield, with a total eviction of Russia from Ukrainian soil.
The beliefs and spirit of the Ukrainians and their allies must be relentlessly displayed with their eyes ever on that day of victory. Everyone who believes in freedom and liberty must do their part. The U.S., NATO, E.U. and all freedom loving countries must stick to an unbreakable bond and not sleep until the mission of victory over Russia is complete. It is written that the price paid for freedom is always worth it.
God bless the Ukrainians and all peoples who cherish liberty and freedom throughout the world.