Stepan Bandera monument at Staryi Uhryniv
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Bandera, a mass murderer, torturer, and assassinated former leader of Ukraine's ultra-nationalist emigre political movement is the Ukrainian equivalent to George Washington or Thomas Jefferson in A. Moytl's thesis.
According to Moytl, because of the affinity the Ukrainian nationalists have with Washington and Jefferson, raising Bandera to their level as of father of the nation is nothing the West should "freak out over."Really?
Moytl's defense of the nationalist Ukrainian government and "the" Ukrainians love affair with Bandera's war criminality starts and ends with- If you don't speak fluent Ukrainian, haven't read Shevchenko, or seen two Ukrainian plays...YOU are in no position to judge us! You can't possibly understand us!
Professor Moytl's scholarly justification of Bandera ideology is at best delinquent and at worst extremely dangerous. Moytl, a product of "the" Ukrainian culture describes nationalism as a love story using the themes of two plays. Star-struck lovers that are pulled apart either succumb to their fate or fight at all costs to be together- the consequences be damned!
The moral of the second play according to Professor Moytl is that the author, " Makovii, obviously, is trying to move Ukrainian culture away from its traditional submissiveness to a dreadful fate and, in decidedly modern fashion, suggesting that Ukrainians can be masters--or mistresses--of their lives. That happened to be the message of the Maidan "Revolution of Dignity": that a humbled people can assert their humanity by rising up against tyranny."
Lest we forget, Ukraine and Ukrainians were "free" for 20 years prior to Maidan. The next presidential election cycle was a little over one year away when Maidan's coup happened.
This isn't about that story. This isn't about Ukrainians. Motyl's justification stems from "the Ukrainians" or to keep it simple Ukrainian emigres. This story is about how they have taken advantage of freedom and the damage they have done since they were taken in by western countries, especially the United States of America and Canada.Why "the" Ukrainians Lie
What would Americans say if they knew that at the same time America was fighting German forces in WWII, Ukrainian emigres were supporting entire SS battalions, even providing leadership? Would they freak out?
What would Americans do if they knew that the Ukrainians were behind the Korean and Vietnam wars where we lost over 100,000 people? Should they freak out?
What would westerners do if they knew the Ukrainian emigres were behind almost 500,000 executions worldwide from 1950 through the 1980's in the name of democracy and freedom? Could they freak out?
Can any group of American's step on your rights to start a private war with another Sovereign Country? Did they ask your opinion about it? Would you freak out?
The UCCA and its umbrella the UWC represent the interests of the worlds Ukrainian diaspora. Pointedly, both organizations adhere to the same ultra-nationalist politic they did in the 1930's- 1940's World War 2.
Bandera's direct relationship with the US was tenuous at best because of Bandera's attempted assassination of sitting president Franklin D. Roosevelt. In the same time frame the assassination of the president was to occur, Bandera and his second in command Yaroslav Stetsko were arrested for trying to declare a Ukrainian state in Galicia.
Who was running the UPA and the OUNb while Bandera was in prison?
According to Institute of Historical research of the Lviv Institute, guest professor at the Central European Institute in Budapest, Senator and Chair of History of Ukraine Catholic Institute Jaroslav Gritsak , it was the emigres in the West. While Ukrainians in America were serving in the US armed forces during WWII, OUN leadership in America was cooperating with Bandera's SS Battalions. In 1943 after Stalingrad, when it became apparent that Germany would lose the war, they started democratizing Bandera nationalism's image. This was to make Ukrainian Nationalism more palatable for western democratic sensibilities in America.