Zelenskyy-Biden Summit was Reminiscent of MilestoneWorld War II Moment

Comparable to FDR-Churchill meeting, 1941

Steve Jones
Populiteracy

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and U.S. President Joe Biden meet at the White House, December 21, 2022 (photo Ukrainian President‘s Office)

We’ve seen much of this before: ground war in Europe; underdog country standing against overwhelming odds; a charismatic leader of underdog country inspiring his people — and the world — to hold fast in its faith of democracy.

That was much of the story of World War II. It is the story of the Ukraine-Russia War of 2022.

As the year ended, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy flew to Washington D.C. to meet with United States President Joe Biden on December 21. The meeting echoed the August 1941 meeting between U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

FDR and Churchill

Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany had subdued much of Europe and was attacking the Soviet Union. England had beaten Germany in the Battle of Britain in 1940, and Churchill had stirred the world with dramatic speeches urging the English people to hold fast.

The Battle of Britain convinced Americans to get out from under their isolationist rock, and Congress had approved both a peacetime draft and the Lend-Lease Act.

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