The US mass-media sewer continues to deliver. Business Insider did a "list" of "12 Most Absurd Communist Buildings Still Standing". The monument "Motherland Calls" on Mamaev Kurgan in Volgograd (Stalingrad) got listed as #9. Below is still the link to Australian edition of this cloaca of a media, trying to pretend that they are respected journalists. US edition of BI managed to take the monument off their "list" but we live in a truly global world and it is difficult to hide without leaving the tracks.
But here is the screenshot.
For those, who don't know, this magnificent monument was erected in 1967 to commemorate lives and heroism of those innumerable hundreds of thousands Soviet soldiers and citizens who dealt Hitler his catastrophic defeat at Stalingrad. More people died in 5 months in Stalingrad Battle than US lost in all of its wars throughout its whole history combined. It, frankly, makes me sick that this, so called journalism, is now a golden standard in US--but it is. I can not conceive some Russian media outlet calling Arlington Cemetery "bizarre" or "absurd". It is not just the matter of respect for fallen others, it is also, and even primarily so, respect for oneself--the value which is unknown in US mainstream mass-media.
The lack of respect towards what is perceived as sacred is a core element of western modernity and post-modernity,and manifests mostly in the Anglo-Saxon world.ReplyDelete
Couple this with russophobia running rampant in the media and you get articles like this,which tend to become the norm.
I´m hoping it´s more case of ignorants and it probably was if US BI deleted it.ReplyDelete
Hey, smooth. You'll love this!ReplyDelete
I think it is more of a visceral Russophobia which can not be contained anymore. Ignorance comes distant second.ReplyDelete
I don't know. I have a conflicting feelings about it. It is, definitely a hooliganism, but it is a hooliganism that shows that there is a way more viable history of WW II than American narrative.ReplyDelete
Yeah, you know....ReplyDelete
"I know that many Russians feel snubbed that numerous world leaders and diplomatic missions declined Victory Day participation last year, with even more boycotting this upcoming 70th. I can say that we don't derive any pleasure in doing so. No one wants to diminish the well-earned recognition of Russia's incredibly worthy veterans.
Most Russians, insulated by a well-spun press, simply don't understand that we don't want to be associated with such a robust martial pageantry that has seemingly strayed far from its World War II roots.
How could we sit in Red Square watching a modern military parade applauding units and personnel that flagrantly violated international laws and treaties leading to Crimea's illegal annexation and ongoing proxy aggression within eastern Ukraine?
Perhaps most importantly, what is the most important educational value of Victory Day for Russia's youth today; the lessons of that terrible war, or of the modern glory, power and perceived successes of the current Russian military? One grizzled World War II combat veteran mused about the youthful enthusiasm; "I worry about our [Russian] youth, as they do not understand the horrors of war."
I want to strongly and passionately emphasize that the West, including NATO, is not an offensive threat to Russia. I served as a US and NATO officer for many years and can say this with conviction. No one, no country in the West including the United States, wants confrontation and conflict with the Russian Federation.
NATO is a defensive alliance and has also been for decades a major source of stability within a large European region that used to be rent asunder by chaos and wars. As such, it is no surprise, that many nations, especially in Eastern Europe, wanted to be part of NATO.
NATO will unambiguously protect those countries already in the alliance and strongly advocate for its partners. Russians should fully understand and respect this fact, and realize that NATO's reassured allies, if left alone, can bring calm, stability, and via the EU, economic prosperity to Russian borders. NATO must not be seen as a zero-sum threat by Russian leaders.
I would like to return to Russia one day, and again wearing the St. George's ribbon, observe the Victory Day parade for the reasons it was originally created. Until then, a lot can happen including more conflict, or preferably, a peaceful resolution with Ukraine. The world will be watching.
Whatever happens, I can only hope, implore, that our leaders recommit as they did late in the Cold War to dialogue, to bridge their critical trust and perception gap. The fate of our nations and children depends on them."
I don't know were to start with this. Holy fuck.
I'm no great fan of Russia, but I must apologize for what our media and leaders have done. The anniversary should have been a time to reach out and find new common ground. To those that served I say thank you. For those that served and didn't come home, I hope they are remembered.ReplyDelete