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The Better People Won That War

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This is my traditional May article. I   had been writing those    before May 9 for years. Anyone can go to my articles' page and   read all the previous ones. There will be a Victory Parade in Moscow, Russia   on May 9 and they will celebrate the 68th anniversary of Victory over Germany on May 9, 1945.    We don't celebrate it. Come to think of it, why?   May 9th was an official   day of the German capitulation, the act   was signed by   German field -marshal Keitel   and  by four   main coalition   commanders- Russian, British, American and French; lock, stock and barrel. None of the Western sides celebrates it though. Only   Russians. Why?


I think I    know why. Russians celebrate   because not only they just  won the war. They won it because they were at that period   of time   the best people on Earth. They celebrate the   spirit of that time, the utmost rising of     the national   spiritual   power, the same way as French celebrate the Bastille Day, Americans celebrate the Independence Day, British Celebrate the Trafalgar.   It is not about winning; it is about being the best at the time.


That   had been   my primary message for a while, whether   I wrote   about Russia or about Lincoln.   And in most cases   the   message fell on dead ears. People, my readers, apparently either had no interest in the issue or   just did   not want to acknowledge   the fact. Really, let that guy   have his opinion, who cares.   And does   it matter who was the best at the time? In all fairness,    if we follow the logic of that guy, the only really best were the   victims, the "hundreds of thousands   burned alive' like they   say in one    Russian song; those people, whether Jewish, German, Russian, Polish, French or Japanese- they   were all innocent victims and thus -- sacrosanct    by default. That would   be the right   way to think.


Yes, that would be   the right way to think.   Jean   Moulin is not worse than Alexander Matrosov. The Westerplatte heroes    from Poland are not worse than the defenders of   the Brest Citadel. The   peasants of Khatyn   village in Byelorussia, burned alive are   not better than    the people of Or Adour, France, burned alive   in 1944.   All are martyrs,   nobody must be forgotten.   And yes, the victims   inspire. But they do not win over evil. They are the cause    for the eternal fight but not an effect. They make   the case for the people to become better.


Information though must not only be transferred   but also absorbed. In 1938   Hitler's armies occupied Austria after first   assassinating   its Chancellor Dolphus and imprisoning the next Chancellor Shushnig. Hitler claimed Austria as   his   birthplace. Right after the occupation   the   Jews of Vienna were   forced to come out to the streets, women and children too- and clean the Vienna streets using toothbrushes. The private German matter became an international shame.   The reaction of the Western   public opinion was:


-           Let's direct the German assault to the East and   then we here in the West will feel secure.


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The writer is 67 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.

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