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The evil dictator is on the march again, but what these devils fail to see is that freedom always wins.
Like love is stronger than hate, freedom is stronger than power, so the tyrants always fall, and they will again this time.
The following words from letters and speeches of the past are what the Ukrainian people are saying to the world.
“We shall fight on the beaches we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, We shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.” Winston Churchill exclaimed this in a speech during World War II.
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered, yet we have this consolation with us, the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” This was written by Thomas Paine who sought to inspire a small country like Ukraine that was being invaded by a larger army trying to subdue it.
That smaller country was the United States fighting the revolution. We can hear the Ukrainians in this letter.
“I am besieged by thousands and have sustained bombardment for 24 hours. The enemy has demanded surrender…I have answered the demand with a cannon shot and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat. I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism and everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid. I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor and that of his country. Victory or Death.” Written by William Barrett Travis, commander at the Alamo. He was writing to the United States asking for help in the fight against the dictator of the time.
The speeches continue, this famous one shortened to give a message.
“Our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation…and Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived can long endure. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here… these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
The strongest words were from a little Ukranian boy on a train fleeing his home. The camera showed his little face as he said, “My dad is staying behind to gather our things, I’m afraid that my dad will have to stay and fight.”
The tear in his eye was the most touching speech of all.
If you would like to help the Ukrainian people go on line to Care International, the Red Cross or UNICEF Ukraine and give.
Dennis Gregory writes a bi-monthly column for West Hawaii Today and welcomes your comments at email@example.com