(PresidentialInsider.com)- Just moments before missiles were fired and columns of Russian troops began entering Ukraine, the United Nations was hoping strongly-worded speeches would prevent the inevitable invasion.
In an address Wednesday night from New York, UN Secretary-General António Guterres pleaded with Russian President Putin to end his planned offensive in Ukraine. Unbeknownst to the Secretary-General, Russia’s planned offensive was already underway.
Guterres asserted that he did not believe the rumors that the invasion of Ukraine was imminent. However, he conceded that when there were similar rumors in the “recent past,” he didn’t believe them either, and he was wrong. And he might be wrong again, he said.
He was wrong again.
So, in case he was wrong this time, and the invasion was imminent, he begged President Putin “from the bottom of my heart,” not to send his troops into Ukraine.
Then, just to prove that the United Nations is an unserious organization, the Secretary-General quoted a John Lennon song and told Putin “Give peace a chance.”
No wonder Putin ignored him.
Imagine what Putin would’ve done if the Secretary-General had quoted “Imagine.”
During the UN Security Council’s emergency meeting that was underway as Russia’s invasion began, Biden’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, also offered platitudes and pleas.
She told her colleagues on that useless council that President Biden wanted her to “convey in the strongest possible terms” his commitment to Ukraine and his support for the UN Security Council’s emergency meeting.
Greenfield said Biden asked that US allies and partners respond to Russia with “unity, with clarity, and with conviction.”
Okay, maybe not.
Just twenty minutes after Greenfield’s remarks, missiles began to rain down from the sky over Ukraine.
Watch UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ speech HERE.