TO BE OR NOT TO BE?

Ukraine Has Decided. Have you?

Yesterday, a year 2000 law graduate from Kyiv National Economic University, Volodymyr Zelensky, gave another historic speech. This time is was a live speech, via Internet, to the House of Commons in London. Zelensky again showed his high skills in persuasion, oratory, technology and social media. The full text of his speech is shown below. (Please take a minute to read it.) Zelensky ingeniously weaved the thoughts of the pinnacles of British culture, of all English speaking cultures, Shakespeare and Churchill, into his call for action from Parliament.

In answer to Shakespeare’s famous question, Zelensky said:

The question for us now is to be or not to be. This is Shakespearean question. For 15 days, this question could have been asked. But now I can give you a definitive answer. It’s definitely yes, to be.

Zelensky went on to evoke and rephrase the famous words of Winston Churchill.

And I would like to remind you the words that the United Kingdom have already heard, which are important again – we will not give up and we will not lose. We will fight till the end at sea. In the air. We will continue fighting for our land whatever the cost. We will fight in the forests, in the fields, on the shores, in the streets.

Watching this man, Volodymyr Zelensky, is like watching a living profile in courage. For me, and perhaps others, it is truly humbling. The actions of Zelensky, and all the Ukrainian people, are inspiring. Our accomplishments in law and technology are nothing compared to their acts of courage. This year 2000 law graduate has my eternal respect. All Ukrainians now are shining examples of what we could be, should be, but are not.

Let us all now choose TO BE. To remain silent at this point, and just conduct business as usual, is to chose not to be. Let us all summon our courage to take action. What and how? I don’t really know. I am just an old lawyer from Floriduh. Still, that has never stopped me before and so this week I shared some personal thoughts on what we could do on Twitter and with a few friends. Greg Bufithis, an EU resident well known to many of you, responded with a terrific article, “Will Legalweek talk about the Ukraine War? Probably not.” I recommend you read it: https://www.gregorybufithis.com/2022/03/08/will-legalweek-talk-about-the-ukraine-war-probably-not/

As usual, I disagree somewhat with my friend Greg. For me, a hopeless idealist, where money has always been important, but secondary, I believe Legalweek will talk about Ukraine. I hope many, if not most, will take actions to support these brave people. I know everyone in ediscovery now is preoccupied with Legalweek. The talks, panels and pitches are fully prepared. But we are all smart creative people. We can pivot, improvise, explain how ediscovery matters. As Zelinsky has said

People don’t really believe in words. Or rather, people believe in words only for a stretch of time. Then they start to look for action.

It is not all about money and power, not for most of us. It is about justice and freedom; speaking truth to power. I will go to my grave with this belief. Again, hear the words of the world’s greatest Law School graduate of year 2000, perhaps of all time, who now constantly lives on the edge of his grave:

Let’s build a country of opportunities, where everybody is equal before the law and where the rules of the game are honest and transparent, and the same for everyone.

Amen Zelensky. Let us all

Choose To Be!


Transcript of Volodymyr Zelensky historic speech to British Parliament on March 8, 2022. Video and news report of the speech follows. Sorry that transcript of Zelensky’s last two paragraphs were omitted from my source. Will try to add later.


Mr. Speaker, all the members of Parliament, ladies and gentlemen, I am addressing all the people of the United Kingdom and all the people from the country with a big history.

I am addressing you as a citizen, as a president of also a big country with the dream and big effort. I would like to tell you about the 13 days of war. The war that we didn’t start and we didn’t want it. Well, we have to conduct this war.

We do not want to lose what we have, what is ours – our country Ukraine – just the same way as you once didn’t want to lose your country when Nazis started to fight your country and you had to fight for Britain.

13 days of this struggle. On day one at 4:00 in the morning, we were attacked by cruise missiles. Everybody woke up.

People, children, the entire of Ukraine. And since that, we have not been sleeping. We have all been fighting for our country with our army. On day two, we have been fighting air strikes and our heroic military servicemen on the the islands have been trying to fight when Russian forces demanded that we lay down the arms.

However, we needed to continue fighting and we did. We did feel our force, the force of our people that oppose the occupants and until the end. The next day, the artillery started fighting us. Our army showed us who we are and we have been able to see who our people and who are best known.

On day four we started taking people captive, we have not been torturing them.

We remained humane even on day four of this terrible war. On day five, the terror against us was going on against children, against the cities and constant shellings have been taking place around the country, including hospitals. And that didn’t break us, that gave us a feeling of truth. On day six, the Russian rockets fell on Babyn Yar.

That is the place where the Nazis killed thousands of people during the Second World War. And 80 years after the Russians hit at them for the second time, and even churches are getting destroyed by shelling.

On day eight, we have seen Russian tanks hitting the atomic power station and everybody has got to understand that this is a terror against everyone.

On day nine, there was a meeting of NATO’s conference without the result that we were looking for. Yes, we did feel that we did feel that. We did feel , unfortunately, that the alliances don’t work properly all the time and the no fly zone cannot be enforced. And on day ten, the Ukrainians started protesting and was stopping the armored vehicles with their own hands.

And on day 11, the children and cities were being hit and hospitals as well with the rockets and constant shelling and on that day we realized that Ukrainians became heroes. Entire cities – children and adults. And on day 12, the losses of a Russian army exceeded 10,000 people killed, including the general. That gave us hope that that there will be some kind of responsibility for those people of in front of the court.

On day 13 in the city of Mariupol that was attacked by the Russian forces, a child was killed. They do not allow any food and water and people started panicking. I think everybody can hear that people do not have water over there.

Over 13 days of this situation, over 50 children have been killed. These are the children that could have left. But these people have taken them away from us.

They do not condone Ukraine. We’re not looking to have this for the Ukraine, have not been looking to become big, but they have become big over the days of this war. We are the countries that are saving people despite having to fight the one of the biggest countries, one of the biggest armies in the world.

We have to fight the helicopters, rockets. The question for us now is to be or not to be. This is Shakespearean question. For 15 days, this question could have been asked. But now I can give you a definitive answer. It’s definitely yes, to be.

And I would like to remind you the words that the United Kingdom have already heard, which are important again – we will not give up and we will not lose. We will fight till the end at sea. In the air. We will continue fighting for our land whatever the cost. We will fight in the forests, in the fields, on the shores, in the streets.

I would like to add that we will fight on the banks of different rivers like Nepal.

We are looking for your help, for the help of the civilized countries. We are we are thankful for this help and I’m very grateful to you, Boris.



Here is one of many good news reports on the speech. Of course, no copyright is claimed to these reports. I share these historic tapes as a fair use.


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