ePoshta | 06Jul2009 | Myroslava Oleksiuk (editorial)
Apparently Russia was
offended that it was not included in the Allied commemoration of D-Day
last month. La Russophobe empathetically agrees with Russia http://larussophobe.wordpress.com/2009/06/20/editorial-forgetting-russia/:
Their behavior in World
War II should not have been forgotten. It was so loathsome, vile and
contemptible that it must be made to live in infamy right along with
the cowardly Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.
French, American and British leaders should have reminded the world how
Russia stabbed them in the back during the conflict by making a secret
alliance with Hitler and trying to carve up Eastern Europe with the
It is outrageous that they didn't mention the barbaric manner in which
Soviet dictator Josef Stalin carried out a campaign of mass-murder and
ethnic genocide that made Hitler look like a small-time dreamer.
How could they not have pointed out that because of its treachery and
despotism, the USSR no longer exists while all three of them lead
countries with economies and standards of living and political civility
which make Russia, the USSR's heir, look like a banana republic?
How dare our leaders speak about D-day without saying words like Katyn
and Holodomor and Gulag Archipelago? Those posed at least much
of a threat to the values we fought to defend in World War II as the
It would have been nice, too, if the Allied leaders had insisted that
Russian text books stop lying about the role their countries played in
World War II, seeking instead to lavish all the credit on Russia and
ignoring the total collapse of the USSR just a short while later, in
the 1980s. Worse, they ignore Stalin's malignant deal with Hitler,
pretending that Russia was the innocent victim of Nazi aggression when
in fact Russia was as much the cause of World War II as Germany. Had
Russia stood firmly with the Allies from the outset of Hitler's rise to
power, his armies might never have set foot outside Germany's borders.
So next year, let's be sure the remember the barbaric atrocities
visited upon us by our so-called Russian "allies" during World War II.
And let's make sure we don't get played for fools again.
Yet, once again, Germany and Russia have reconstituted
their WWII camaraderie. This time, instead of splitting up physically
the territory of nations between them, they are collaborating in trying
to prove to the world that their own degrading history was, in fact,
not so much their doing.
Russia will never forgive Ukrainian nationalists for fighting them for
Ukraine's independence and therefore, since the war, has made it a
central tenant of their propaganda to convince the world that Ukrainian
nationalists were Nazi collaborators (preferring to ignore
documentation to the contrary in Ukraine's interior ministry, newly
Aiding its ally, Germany is selling out historical truth for payment in
Russian gas. Add to that the longterm "incentive" provided by the Simon
Weisenthal Centre to find something to minimize its culpability for
WWII war crimes, Germany is getting ready to prosecute, for Nazi war
crimes, a Ukrainian prisoner of war captured by the Germans, as they
razed Ukraine and brought its people to their knees (with 8 million
Ukrainians killed in WWII, 2.3 slave labourers in Germany and 10
million left homeless). Today, when German law limits the prosecution
of Germans for Nazi war crimes, it is gearing up for a politically
motivated, justice impaired, show trial of the John Demjanjuk to teach
young Germans that their ancestors were not entirely to blame for the
Rather than coaching Russia in the tenants of democracy, the two
countries, as in Hitler's time, seem to only be able to find common
ground in perfidy.