Echoes from the Past

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visits Washington today and addresses Congress this evening.  He will remind us that the battle against tyranny is never over.

“I feel greatly honoured that you should have invited me to enter the United States Senate Chamber and address the representatives of both branches of Congress. … I was brought up in my father’s house to believe in democracy.  ‘Trust the people’ – that was his message.  … I have steered confidently towards the Gettysburg ideal of ‘government of the people by the people for the people.’ … I [am] … to meet with the President of the United States and to arrange with him all that mapping out of our military plans, and for all those intimate meetings of the high officers of the armed services of both countries, which are indispensable to the successful prosecution of the war. …

What kind of people do [the Axis Powers] think we are?  Is it possible that they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them? … [W]e are facing a group of mighty foes who seek our ruin; here we are defending all that to free men is dear. … Do we not owe it to ourselves, to our children, to mankind tormented, to make sure that these catastrophes shall not engulf us?  … Duty and prudence alike command first that the germ-centres of hatred and revenge shall be constantly and vigilantly surveyed and treated in good time, and secondly, that an adequate organization shall be set up to make sure that the pestilence can be controlled … before it spreads and rages throughout the entire earth. …

Prodigious hammer-strokes have been needed to bring us together. … I will say that he must indeed have a blind soul who cannot see that some great purpose and design is being worked out here below, of which we have the honour to be the faithful servants. …

I avow my hope and faith, sure and inviolate, that in the days to come the British and American peoples will for their own safety and for the good of all walk together side by side in majesty, in justice, and in peace.”  

  • British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in a Joint Address to the Congress of the United States, December 26, 1941

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