By Helneski / 26. Sep 2022read more
In February 1941, facing the devastating bombing campaign by the Nazis known as "the Blitz," Winston Churchill made a direct plea to the United States for assistance saying:
"Put your confidence in us…We shall not fail or falter. We shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools, and we will finish the job."
The United States answered his plea, sending desperately needed weapons and food to a war-torn Europe. These shipments were a lifeline to the United Kingdom, allowing them to keep up the fight against the Germans.
Now, more than 80 years later, the United States is once again in the position to help.
Today, facing the onslaught of Putin’s missiles and tanks, the Churchill of our time – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy – has made the same plea to us as another ruthless despot murders innocent men, women, and even children. In his address to Congress last week, President Zelenskyy once again implored President Biden and the United States to do more to help his fellow countrymen.
Just like Churchill, Zelenskyy has not only united his country in defiance of tyranny, he has united the world. His passion, determination, and courage have inspired leaders around the world to come to his country’s aid. Invoking Dr. Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream" speech, Zelenskyy said to Congress, "I have a need: I need to protect our sky."
NATO establishing a no-fly zone over Ukraine would put the United States in direct conflict with Russia’s military, potentially escalating this conflict even further. But, with the right weapons systems, Zelenskyy won’t need NATO. He can create his own no-fly zone without risking a wider war between NATO and Russia and without risking American lives. All he needs is Biden to help facilitate the transfer of longer-range air defense systems like the S-300, as well as MiG-29 fighter jets from NATO allies to Ukraine.
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As President Biden heads back to Europe, he has the opportunity to help to repair America’s standing as a world leader – a position that has been seriously undermined by his weakness on the world stage and by the catastrophic and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan – by helping President Zelenskyy get the weapons and aid he so desperately needs.