Russian Daily Brief for 11 May

This blogspot post http://fortruss.blogspot.se/2015/05/russia-daily-brief-for-may-11-2015.html provides a useful summary of the situation. It does not look good.

Chancellor Merkel was in Moscow and refused to recognise the Maidan putsch: she continues to believe it was a genuine uprising. In that case the Nazification of Ukraine is also not recognised. So it is clear that she still intends to continue with her drang nach osten. Her appointment of Juncker as a senior member of the EU nomenklatura also shows her interest in pursuing a hard-line in the east. Where can the European Empire expand next, if not into Russia’s sphere of interest? This policy can only lead to war.

I have tried to keep an open mind about Germany’s position in relation to Russia but I am finally going to have to conclude that Germany is going to follow US policy in East Europe:

The article (which quotes the Red Alert computer game, no less!) argues that the whole point of falsifying and rewriting the history of World War 2 is to depict Russia as a country which “owes” something to others and even ought to subordinate itself to its “superiors” due to its alleged inferiority, be it political, economic, or even moral. That’s why the West tries to deny Russia the mantle of victor of WW2–if it were ever acknowledged as one, Western policies toward Russia would have to change to reflect that status, but since treating Russia as an equal partner with legitimate interests and an independent worldview is inconsistent with Western need for economic and political expansion at the expense of Russia and other countries, the attempts to rewrite history will continue for as long as the West’s foreign policy preferences remain what they are right now. 
Meanwhile it was interesting to see what Putin has been saying about Poland and the start of World War 2.

“During a joint press availability with Merkel, Putin was asked to react to the fact that an earlier statement by the RF Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinskiy who approved of the treaty caused astonishment in Poland. Putin said literally the following:

“The Pact was intended to ensure the security of USSR. Secondly, I’d like to remind everyone that after the 1938 Munich Agreement Poland itself took action to annex a part of Czechoslovakia. So it turned out that after the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and the partition of Poland, that country fell victim to the same policies which it was trying to pursue in Europe.”

Which is a wholly correct assessment of the situation, and moreover Poland to this day barely acknowledges participating in the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia, an act that in fact sealed its doom.

All this was the idiotic Chamberlain policy of the appeasement of Hitler, followed by the equally idiotic unilateral guarantee of Polish neutrality, which in turn led to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, which gave the Soviets time to build up their strength. It was enough time, but barely enough.

The article continues with this comment:

One of the last living participants in the assault on the Reichstag, the 94-year-old Nikolay Belyayev says that he never accepted the break-up of USSR. “Because how can you accept something like that?” He also accuses today’s bourgeoisie of being secret admirers of fascism, which they view as a very useful ideology for the task of oppressing the working masses, with Ukraine being an experiment in reviving that ideology for the new realities of the 21st century globalized world.

This in a nutshell is the view of the Old hegemonic USA and Old Europe. The emphasis is mine, as it helps understand the lurch to the far right in Old Europe, and the blind eye of the German Chancellor who puts the telescope to her eye and claims that “I see no Nazis in Europe.” Wrong, wrong, wrong! Nazism is growing in Europe as the stream of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Libya, and all the other US invasions from North Africa to the Middle East are turning the stream of refugees into a veritable flood. No-one in the west seems able to make this link!

On the (feeble) opposition in Russia to Putin:

“Vishnevskiy is a Yabloko past member of the St. Petersburg legislature who also blogs on the liberal Ekho Moskvy radio station web site, however his criticism of Putin’s endorsement of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact fails to address the rather obvious question as to what exactly was USSR supposed to do given the relentless German expansion plans? Do nothing and allow Germany to take over all of Poland? This is, alas, one of the reasons why Russia’s “liberals” do not enjoy serious popularity in Russia: the only Russia they approve of is when it plays the role of a passive victim. Vishnevsky draws comparisons to the annexation of Crimea and the civil war on the Donbass, while failing to note that it was not Russia that cast the first stone in either of these situations.”    (My emphasis added)

Perhaps we in Old Europe would call playing this role of a passive victim appeasement? What struck me watching the parades on the seventieth anniversary of V-day is the immense pride of the Russian people over their almost single-handed defeat of Nazi Germany. Anthony Beevor in Stalingrad (Penguin, 1998) puts it like this, referring to the large number of Russians who fought bravely on the side of Germany:

“The subject is still taboo in Russia today. An infantry colonel with whom I happened to share a sleeping compartment on the journey down to Volgograd (the former Stalingrad), refused at first to believe that any Russian could have put on German uniform. He was finally convinced when I told him of the Sixth Army ration returns in the German archives. His reaction, for a man who clearly loathed Stalin for his purges of the Red Army, was interesting. ‘they were no longer Russians’, he said quietly. His comment was almost exactly the same as the formula was used over fifty years before when Stalingrad Front reported on ‘former Russians’ back to Shcherbakov in Moscow. The emotions of the Great Patriotic War remain almost as unforgiving today as at the time.” (Beevor Stalingrad Preface p.xii)

 

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