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Glory and Malice

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US is rejoicing.  Osama Bin Ladin   has been killed.   The President   together with his staff watched the   actual operation live on the TV.   I am not sure they saw the actual   killing but the   scene where they all were watching was shown to us and that was grotesque. How can a person describe it?    Forced happiness?   Developed perception?   Malicious satisfaction?     One thing was clear though- it certainly did not   look   like   an accomplishment to them.     US     is rejoicing and the media is howling. But     those faces do not lie.   They would     prefer   to be elsewhere.  


We here are close to another anniversary though.   It is the anniversary of the Victory over Hitler's Germany.   The 66th   anniversary   of the   Day of Capitulation.   That day, May 9th for some strange reason is not recognized     anywhere but   in the country   which won that war- Russia. They are preparing to celebrate. It is the day of their glory.


The vehement    glorification of the Navy Seals team   by   the   US media which   went into Pakistan   in two helicopters (one managed to get damaged in process) and   apparently got into the compound Osama occupied ( I am not a good military but even one person with stinger could easily take them out; so I guess there were none) reminds me of another raid, the one   that took place   in July 1941, right after   170 German divisions and 30 divisions of their allies attacked Russia. That was a raid of the special Russian air force unit to bomb Berlin.   Whoever had   watched     the movie Pearl Harbor   will remember the mission of the US pilots to    bomb Japan after   the Japanese attack.    Now,     history records that   the Japanese attack armada   was at sea for two weeks before reaching the striking distance from Hawaii, so   the   US had plenty of time   to intercept the impeding attack. In     July 1941 Russia was already attacked and not by some    group of planes but by   4mln soldiers.   In a symbolic gesture of defiance the Russian Air Force     chose the volunteers to fly six   elite   bombers   and drop the bombs on Berlin   without much of a chance   of returning or survival. There was not enough fuel and   they   had   very limited ammo. After the mission was     accomplished   some of the planes were shot down and   one fell down in Finland   and the pilots   were captured   by the Finns. Two returned home.   There was no rejoicing. It was a routine job and     they had a big war in front of them. I am not sure any of them survived.


Plutarch   in   his historical essays about Ancient Greece makes a note about the   end of times for Sparta when   Spartans   began to celebrate their own victories   even   in   small skirmishes.   "That,' says   he, "is the clear indicator of how weak Sparta had become   because in the times of its glory   Spartans considered   victories as routine events.' Russia did not   make   hysterics of Stalingrad or Kursk victories. They saluted the   glory   of warriors and moved further on.   Only on     the final day, May 9th 1945 a spontaneous celebration   burst out on the streets. People celebrated     Peace. They deserved it. What do we deserve?


One of the most malicious, most abominable lies of our times is   the current effort by   a huge group of   pundits to equalize communism and Nazism. On the Russian TV itself a showman asks    two people, "Who     was worse, Hitler or Stalin?' And those two   ( both are Jewish ) answer, 'Stalin.'   That turns the Russian victory in WWII into a cruel joke; two man-eaters were eating each other    while their constituents stupidly died for them. All 27 million Russians and 10 million   Germans     were   just sheep according to that theory while   the great Western democracies were somewhere up in the city on the Hill, winning that war for them. That's how     it is interpreted now.   That's what the people know and when they now celebrate an assassination of ONE man far away they equate him to Hitler and Stalin at the same time. I heard that myself. And that is   a lie.


Western democracies were the main    pushers for Hitler to come to power and direct his military machine at the East. To lubricate that machine they sacrificed   the lives of millions of people on their, western side, they   let   the Jewish population to be exterminated,   they looked sideways   in 1938 when Jews of Vienna were pulled out to the streets to clean them with toothbrushes, they left minorities and Roma people to be burned in   gas chambers, they   criminally   surrendered territories   to Hitler in 1936, 1938, 1940   and   they deliberately and with malice   let Russia bleed    nearly to death in the most horrible confrontation with the super-powerful German army. Western so-called enlightened leaders     behaved like cowards and malicious bastards in 1938 in Munich   and further on in a "strange war'.   During the whole period between 1941 and 1944 Russia   alone   had   to practically eliminate the   best and most powerful German forces up to the   African Corps ( after   their defeat at El- Alamein the remnants of the Rommel Corps was redirected to the Eastern Front), so that on the famed D- Day Germany had in France   about 37 combat divisions, a minuscule force, about three times smaller than the invading   Allies had at that time. Russia in its unbelievable feat fought   for the lives of all of us and Communism, take it or leave it, was the   only positive force which   made it possible to prevail.   The   banners     with the Hammer and a Sickle   were in the hands of the   BEST PEOPLE ON EARTH   at that time, no matter what kind of    a guy was sitting in the Kremlin. I wrote about that before and I repeat here: the     level of goodness of the effort of the Russian people was so high, that in its biblical   tide it   picked even such a person like Stalin and made him a   promoter of that goodness.   To compare Hitler and Stalin now is not just abominable. It is evil. It is a sin against the Holy Spirit of Victory.



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