Ukrainian President Addresses Congress

In March, the president of Ukraine a Volodymyr Zelensky, addressed the United States Congress asking for help. He asked for several tangible forms of support in his country’s fight against the Russian invasion, including money, aid, sanctions on Russia and a no-fly zone over Ukraine. Because Ukraine is not a member of NATO, Zelensky proposed that western countries create a new international organization that Ukraine could join. He appealed to American lawmakers by proposing that Joe Biden be the leader of such a group.

While many lawmakers are sympathetic to Zelensky and the Ukrainian people, the problem with his proposals is that they would likely end with the U.S. entering the war in Ukraine. Many believe there is no need to make a new international group and administering a no-fly zone over Ukraine and it would be difficult if the U.S. was not able to enforce it. What Zelensky is asking for, without directly saying it, is for NATO to go to war against Russia. He appealed to the emotions of the politicians by saying “Remember Pearl Harbor. Terrible morning of December 7, 1941, when your sky was black from the planes attacking you. Just remember it. Remember September 11th, a terrible day in 2001 our country experienced the same every day.” He asked Congress to provide the “defense systems we need, S-300 and other similar systems” asking for the Americans to provide even more aid than they already have. He also asked for even harsher sanctions on the Russians, asking America to close all ports to trade coming from Russia. This would almost certainly put more stress on the American economy, which we have seen recently with the massive rise in gas prices which has been a major problem for the American people. Zelensky says that “peace is more important than income.” Overall the situation in Ukraine proves to be very conflicting and confusing and the path to peace does not seem to be straight.