A Ukrainian flag flutters on a monument as a sign of solidarity of people fighting against a Russian invasion of Ukraine | Photo by Silar via Wikimedia Commons
Part XXIII: The Ukraine Crisis
Remember the movie character Dax Xenos? Diogenes Alejandro Xenos, or “Dax,” for short, is a 10-year-old boy? He witnesses his mother and sister’s brutal rape and murder by government troops of a South-American country and experiences the drama of a bloody revolution, loss, and tragedy firsthand. Thus, when he grows older, he becomes an adventurer in an armed conflict. Here is the link to the 1970 movie, The Adventurers.
On the other hand, Politico.com uses “Band of others” to report about Ukraine’s legions of foreign soldiers on the front line. The term is lifted from the television series “Band of Brothers.” Reports estimate that more than 20,000 volunteers — from all over the world — have joined up, or enlisted, to fight the Russian invaders. The commanders say they’re weeding out “bloodthirsty guys” and “extremists.”
When he took up ROTC in the Philippines, this writer learned that an army division is composed of 10,000 soldiers, minimum, or ten battalions of 1,000 individuals, each, in uniform. Or in the guerrilla outfit. If indeed, the Ukraine Crisis turns into a modern version of the Seven Years’ War, as this column prophesied last Sunday. In that case, volunteers from most of the United Nations member countries may outnumber all the Russian troops, including their mercenaries from Syria and Chechnya. And decent Russians, especially the practicing Orthodox Christians, may not like to become conscripts of the Kremlin’s army — especially now that the Russian troops, their generals, and commander-in-chief are accused of war crimes, including rapes, murder, if not genocide, and robberies. It is like turning out millions of Ukrainian “Dax Xenoses.” And more adventurers coming from all over the world to defend Ukraine. It is conceivable that the days of Mr. Putin, his cronies, and generals are numbered — because they will all be outnumbered (pun intended).
This columnist thinks it is conceivable that some, if not many, of Ukraine’s present “foreign soldiers” are of Ukrainian descent and now citizens of other countries. Or even in-laws of the present, or former, Ukrainians who are now citizens of, or immigrants, to other nations. Or even Americans of Russian descent.
“In that case, volunteers from most of the United Nations member countries may outnumber all the Russian troops, including their mercenaries from Syria and Chechnya. And decent Russians, especially the practicing Orthodox Christians, may not like to become conscripts of the Kremlin’s army — especially now that the Russian troops, their generals, and commander-in-chief are accused of war crimes, …”
As updated, Andy Blatchford of Politico.com wrote the original story of the “Band of others,” published on March 24, 2022. Here is the link to the article.
This journalist has the good fortune of meeting online one of the “foreign soldiers” who volunteered to fight for Ukraine. His name is William “Bill” Delzell. I dub him the “American Dax Xenos of Ukraine.” Bill Delzell is a fellow member of the Ukraine Defence Support Facebook Group.
The American “Dax Xenos,” that might be Bill Delzell gets featured on Freedomorefertilizer.com. It says: “Returning to the War Zone, Help Bill Return to Ukraine.
After spending some time in Ukraine, Bill has decided to return for good to help in the war effort. He has been called to help transport people, supplies, and pets and spend his own money to help people with things they need. In the process, he is writing a book about his experience. Please donate to his 501(c)(3) foundation (by clicking the button on the website).
In our dialogue in the Ukraine Defence Support, Bill said he had visited the Philippines many times, but the current pandemic made him stop the trips. Apparently, he is not only a friend of the Philippines but also of Ukraine. Then came the “Ukraine Crisis.” As the adage goes, the rest will, hopefully, be part of history, now infamous as it was predicted to be.
We told Bill that our U.S.-based Filipino group of writers copy editors, and technical-support crew could help him publish his adventures in Ukraine. We advised him to keep a diary-type memoir plus take really-historic photos for his coming classic of a book. And who knows, we may be able to send a team to Ukraine to further document — with Bill Delzell and his associates — how the Russian invasion ended. Hopefully, when the people of Ukraine celebrate their Victory Day, we will be covering their great triumph over the Kremlin’s imperialism, insanity, and stupidity.
Thanks Bobby .. I just hope I can live up to your opinion of me… Dax Xenos? My family will never let me live that one down. ?
What a nice article. Unfortunately William passed away in Ukraine in early September of advanced pancreatic cancer. I am happy to say that he was doing what he loved which was providing aid to the Ukrainian people. It was always his desire to help improve their lives and help win against the aggressors.