The World’s Eyes are Open and We Don’t Like What We See

Fellow Americans, like you, we are shocked and disillusioned by a single man’s power and evil brutality.  The sheer immensity of what is happening in Ukraine is more than I would have thought could happen in modern day.  The idea that one man can rally millions of people to march into their neighbor’s land, even their brothers and sisters land, just doesn’t even seem realistic.  “Misinformation” is a buzz word here in our homeland, but there it is the “root cause” of the situation unfolding before us on our many screened devices.   What we are witnessing, from the Russian people’s point of view, is what they believed was saving their brothers and sisters from inhumane treatment – I feel sure that many have been watching the situation from the worlds’ view and are certainly questioning the motivation of the march into Ukraine.  Imagine how they must feel when they learn the truth!!

 From Ukraine’s view, people like you and I were just living their lives, going to work, raising their children, and enjoying freedom.  We all saw the escalation along the border, but they didn’t think it would really happen and now there they are.  Their entire lives gone, people are dying, they have lost their homes, their jobs, and everything they ever worked for.  More than a million are displaced refugees that just a couple of weeks ago were responsible working citizens of a free nation.  Millions more are hiding in subway tunnels and basements not knowing what will happen next.  They are led and inspired by Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a man who was once an actor and comedian.  He and a team from a television production company started the political party “Servant of the People”.  In just a few months, Zelenskyy was able to unseat the incumbent President of Ukraine.  His recent quote “I need ammunition, not a ride!” embodies his dedication and love of his people. 

 Furthermore, my heart aches for the once proud Russian people. This evil in their midst needs to be dealt with by them, especially. The one Russian Grandmother cried out, “Now I am a murderer, too!

 This is all surreal, but the world’s leaders must step up and stop the madness.  When we elect people to power, we need to really search their character to decide who can lead when crises happen.  The US, and the other countries of the world, need to boycott those companies that still deal with Russia.  

 Our military, and its position in the world should be on the mind of all of us.  Can you now fathom the incredible importance of our men and women in uniform?  If not for our military might and self-sacrificing soldiers, we would not be the nation we are today.  We need to keep our soldiers on the forefront of our thoughts and prayers. Remember to never stop thanking them for our freedom.

 As I grow older, I think more and more about what I will be able to leave behind.  We will all leave a legacy of some type, what will yours be?  What will Putin’s be?  What will Zelenskyy’s be?  Most of us won’t have our names in the history books, but Putin and Zelenskyy will – that has power and everlasting meaning.

 May God bless America, our men, and women in uniform, and may God bless the efforts of the Ukrainian and the Russian people to keep their countries and cultures alive.