Zelensky Wishes Biden Was the Emperor of the World
An eye-catching part of Zelensky’s address to the patricians of the Imperial Capital:
And in the end, to sum it up, today — today it’s not enough to be the leader of the nation. Today it takes to be the leader of the world, being the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace. Peace in your country doesn’t depend anymore only on you and your people. It depends on those next to you and those who are strong. Strong doesn’t mean big. Strong is brave and ready to fight for the life of his citizens and citizens of the world. For human rights, for freedom, for the right to live decently, and to die when your time comes, and not when it’s wanted by someone else, by your neighbor.
And as the leader of my nation, I am addressing the President Biden, you are the leader of the nation, of your great nation. I wish you to be the leader of the world; being the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace. Thank you. Glory to Ukraine. Thank you for your support. Thank you.
Twice Zelensky wishes to Biden that the latter would be the leader of the entire world, and even ends on that note.
I suppose every small power always has wished its great power backer was more powerful. But just as even more US power would be good for a handful of small powers it would be very bad for many others that find themselves in Washington’s crosshairs.
The 1990s when US Presidents could realistically style themselves the rulers of the world was a horrible one with UN-mandated economic siege against Iraq that Moscow was cajoled into backing running up 1 million excess deaths over a decade.
Even now powers like Venezuela (to say nothing of Yemen) can count on only the fraction of Russian (or Chinese) help that Kiev is getting from the US. ($3.5 billion in weapons, intelligence support, global economic war vs Russia…)