Ukraine and its people deserve our thanks and admiration

The people of Ukraine are being attacked with some of the most powerful weapons in existence. Russia has shown that they have no concerns about killing large numbers of civilians; on purpose, not by accident. Look at experience in Chechnya, the Republic of Georgia and places like Aleppo, Syria, to see terrible examples of this genocide. They are shelling and bombing civilian areas of Ukraine and laying siege to more cities daily.

The people of Ukraine have shown how strong they are; what an inspiration that is. They forced out a corrupt president in 2014; at the cost of hundreds of lives lost at the hands of the security services. Today the resistance of regular people and the courage of a military that is no numerical match for Russian forces is incredible. Volunteers are laying down their lives to protect their country against an imperialist Russia.

The bravery of Ukrainians, both leaders and regular folks, has inspired and united Europe to make sure that Russia pays a severe price for this invasion. The vast majority of our allies have acted to place sanctions that will have a cost to all Russians; reminding us again of the value of NATO and working together with other nations in respect and humility.

Finally, the brutal Russian invasion and the bravery of the Ukrainian people has united our country; if only on this topic. To see members of Congress unite in support of a strong American response of Ukraine is so refreshing. Maybe it is naive to think this unity might expand to rational discussion of other important issues instead of the chest beating rhetoric of recent years, but I choose to be hopeful.

Thank you, Ukraine for showing us what national courage can do to resist evil. Your influence goes far beyond your national borders.

Kenneth MacDicken


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