By Michael Hernandez
Policy: Defend Ukrainian Freedom
“I am not frightened by bad people; I am frightened by good people who do nothing.”
(Eric Zehnder, American writer)
We as a freedom loving nation have a duty and responsibility to defend Ukrainian freedom–both economically and with military weapons and ammunition. Europe and the West are facing a freedom moment where we must arise up and stand against a foreign policy of appeasement unlike United Kingdom Prime Minister Arthur Neville Chamberlain who signed the Munich Agreement on Sept. 20, 1938 ceding the German-speaking Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany led by Adolf Hitler.
The invasion of Ukraine by Russia on Feb. 24 has done much to unite the United States of America (in a nonpartisan manner) as both Democrats and Republicans and much of the world has condemned the action “to conduct a special military operation” made by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
What should be our American policy towards this “special military operation” announced by President Putin?
- The United States should assist in building a European coalition to boycott purchase of Russian energy exports.
- We should commit the United States to becoming energy independent (via oil and gas pipelines, drilling, fracking).
- We should commit United States dollars to Ukraine for both military and humanitarian aid. (Note: On March 9, the U.S. House passed $13.6 billion emergency aid package for Ukraine. The United Nations claims that more than two million refugees as of now have fled Ukraine making this refugee crisis the largest in Europe since World War II).
- Assist Ukraine receive 28 MiG-29 fighter jets after Poland offered to donate these jets to Ukraine.
- Supply Stinger ground-to-air infrared missiles as well as Javelin antitank missiles to the Ukrainian military.
- Supply ammunition to the Ukrainian military.
- Support peace talks between Russia and Ukraine and international peace interventions by world leaders (such as Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett
who met with Putin for three hours March 5 and has spoken to both the Ukrainian and Russian President multiple times this past week).
- Pray for Jesus the Lord of Peace to resolve this war.
- Pray for revival in Ukraine and Russia—that many would come to a saving relationship with Jesus and make Him Lord of their lives (Example: The Ukrainian Church praying for revival in Russia).
- Pray for Vladimir Putin’s mindset:
–whether it is evil (oriented toward killing and destruction);
–false delusions of grandeur (a rebuilt Soviet Union); or
–belief that he has a special connection with St. Vladimir The Great
(protector and defender of Christianity).
- Pray for peace brokers and the Russian and Ukrainian peace negotiation team.
- Pray for sanctions of Russian energy by Europe—stopping the purchase of Russia energy (which pays Russian for the invasion of Ukraine).
- Thanksgiving prayer for American based multinational corporations that have suspended operations in Russia and prayer for other United States corporations to cease operations in Russia.
- Prayer for protection for President Zelensky, his family, government officials, including city mayors and the people of Ukraine (both in cities and rural areas).
Closing Prayer: We thank you Jesus for hearing our prayers and sending your angels of protection. Keep our world from a third world war. Let revival and a great awakening come once again.
(Editor’s Note: Michael Hernandez, co-founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. He also has family members living in Kiev, Ukraine. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected])