Presidenten beskrev för de amerikanska folkvalda hur ukrainarna trots kriget håller modet uppe och hur en seger över Ryssland inte bara handlar om Ukrainas överlevnad utan även är viktig för USA och resten av världen.
– Det kommer att definiera vilken värld våra barn och barnbarn får leva i. Det kommer att avgöra vilken slags demokrati som både ukrainare och amerikaner får leva i, sade han.
Detta ska vi betänka när vi sätter oss vid de vackert dukade julborden. "Alla ukrainare har samma julönskan – seger, bara seger, sade Zelenskyj som efter talet igen fick stående ovationer."
Ur Spiked rekommenderar jag läsning av denna:
Do you remember Salman Rushdie? You know, the famous British-Indian author who was almost assassinated by an Islamist knifeman in America, as recently as August 2022, for allegedly blaspheming against Islam in a book he wrote 30 years ago. Remember him now?
I ask because most of our liberal cultural and media elites appeared to forget about the violent attack on Rushdie almost as soon as it happened. While he was on life support, the story disappeared from the news.
It was only in late October, some 10 weeks after the assault, that we learned (via the author’s agent) how close Rushdie had come to death after being stabbed multiple times, and that he had lost an eye and the use of a hand in the savage knife attack. Many members of the liberal establishment, meanwhile, seemed to have lost their memories.
The attack on Rushdie and the response to it starkly illustrated the state of the war on free speech in 2022. It was a bloody reminder that intolerance has a knife at the throat of freedom of expression, not just in Putin’s Russia or in the Ayatollah’s Iran, but also in the heart of the democratic West. It was bitterly ironic that Rushdie was attacked on stage in Buffalo, New York, at the start of a talk on the role of the US as a refuge for threatened writers from elsewhere.
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