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Zoya K. and Paul Begala

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http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/11/21/democrats_pray_for_newt.html

 

 

Paul Begala: "Republicans, apparently, will date anyone before they'll marry Mitt. Remember their brief fling with Donald Trump? Then, after he decided not to throw his hair into the ring, they fell for Michele Bachmann, the Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya of the far right. Then it was Rick Perry -- the guy who claims he jogs with a loaded gun (without a safety) tucked into his shorts. And now that they've tired of Herman Cain's, umm, hands-on style of leadership, it's Newt's turn."

 

 

I am pretty sure    if anyone had read the   quote above he/she   hadn't noticed anything unusual.   Ok, Mr. Begala used some   funny name, maybe   a   Russian saint or someone to metaphorically   address the far right obsession with Michelle Bachmann, so what? He   is an educated guy, most likely heard something.

For the record: Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya   was an 18-years' old   Russian woman who voluntarily joined the Red Army in 1941 to fight with Germans. She   was assigned to   a special   ops group and was captured   during the mission in the Petrishevo village, not far from Moscow. After grotesque tortures which included flogging   and making cuts in her breasts she was publicly hanged   in front of   women and children of that village. It was done not by SS but by a regular Vermacht    regiment.   Due to that atrocity    Stalin issued a special order to not to consider the soldiers of that regiment as POWs.   Now you know. I hope Mr.   Begala knows too.

 

The reader can judge for himself/ herself   if any reasonable   writer would associate the name of the hero of the most horrible war with the half-human personality of   Michelle Bachmann. I understand that   to Mr. Begala all of that means most likely nothing: he wanted to refer to the obsession with the name, the   hysteria of the far right and   he had no other example than Zoya.   I guess he was just lazy and vane.   The Devil finds   work for idle hands.

 

Smirking is common among the US MSM folks. Still, I am wondering why   Mr. Begala   had chosen   a Russian character. Why   didn't he   use   Joan D'Arc, Sofia Sholl, or   Anne Frank? After all,   you can say that   those names    are not only widely known but also   were  the  subjects of quite a hysterical approach for a long period of time.   Mr. Begala bypassed them. He   picked up   a person   not well-known in the West.   That way   he avoided    possible complications with someone here and   could consider himself safe in   smirking. Who cares about an   obscure   Russian girl?

 

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