Two thousand years ago the proudest boast was “civis Romanus sum”. Today in the world of freedom the proudest boast is “I am from Kyiv”. (Now with added Schwarzenegger …)

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No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.

Meditation XVII, John Donne

Let them look to Kyiv

Two thousand years ago the proudest boast was “civis Romanus sum”.

Today in the world of freedom the proudest boast is “I am from Kyiv”.

There are many people in the world who really don’t understand – or say they don’t – what is the great issue between the free world and Vladimir Putin.

Let them look to Kyiv.

There are some who say that Putin is a reality we must accommodate.

Let them look to Kyiv.

And there are some who say in Europe and elsewhere “We must work with Vladimir Putin”.

Let them look to Kyiv.

And there are even a few who say that it’s true that Vladimir isn’t a nice man, but you know faults on both sides and is he really our problem.

Let them look to Kyiv.

Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect.

Freedom is indivisible and when one person is enslaved who are free?

All free men and women, wherever they may live, are citizens of Kyiv.

With due apologies to John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s futures. And we are all mortal.”

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, A Strategy of Peace, 1963

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One thought on “Two thousand years ago the proudest boast was “civis Romanus sum”. Today in the world of freedom the proudest boast is “I am from Kyiv”. (Now with added Schwarzenegger …)

  1. Valerie Swales

    Of course you’re correct in what you write.. However the situation is very complicated and surely the complications deserve consideration. Have you read Craig Murray’s recent blog on a decision made in 2018 by, I think an international security meeting to demand that Ukraine stop the increasing nazification of opinion in Ukraine? Ukraine neo-nazis have been trying to eliminate ethnic Russians in Donetsk and Luhansk since 2014. Two countries voted against the motion: US and UK. 50+ others abstained but the majority voted for. Nothing excuses what Putin is doing but he feels ignored. US, I think, France and Germany are guarantors of the Minsk agreements but have done next to nothing to help implement it.

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