Strategic Culture Foundation
February 2, 2020 marked the 77th anniversary of the end of the greatest, longest, most bloody battle in human history: It was a struggle that destroyed the previously invincible spearhead of the Nazi war machine which had conquered all of Europe in only three years and seemed about to conquer the world.
Starting on June 22, 1944, the Soviet Union inflicted the biggest defeat in German military history. In the space of a month, Army Group Center, the hard strategic rock on which German domination of Russia’s heartland had rested for three years, was annihilated. It was a cataclysmic defeat on an even bigger scale than Stalingrad.
The 2020 Moscow Victory Day Parade took place in Moscow’s Red Square on June 24, 2020 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of both the capitulation of Nazi Germany in the Second World War and the historic Moscow Victory Parade of 1945. Some of the military equipment were demonstrated to the broad public for the first time ever. Below is a brief guide to these magnificent first-timers.
There is no equivalence between Western imperialists, colonizers and racists and Soviet war heroes. But there is a clear double standard in how demolishing the latter statues is somehow acceptable to Western governments. Because it fits a geopolitical agenda of rewriting the history of World War II to demean Russia.
The blockade of Leningrad, the Soviet Union’s second-largest city, lasted for 872 days and was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history. A total of 642,000 Russian civilians died during the siege, hunger being the cause of death in 97% of cases. Although some historians classify it as genocide, the story of the siege of Leningrad is hardly part of the western collective memory.
The Battle of Moscow was the first strategic defeat of the German army on the ground during the World War II. Moscow became the first capital city in continental Europe not to be captured as a result of German offensive.
On May 8, 2020, the White House infamously tweeted “On May 8, 1945, America and Great Britain had victory over the Nazis!” sparking outrage on social media. President Trump’s administration failed to mention other Allies, most importantly, the Soviet Union. Let’s see who exactly won the victory over Nazis.
East Asia fares significantly better in terms of the impact of COVID-19 than the West. Although the virus is believed to have originated in East Asia, as of May 22, 2020 no East Asian nation was among the first ten countries in number of total cases of COVID-19. No matter what type of rule – democratic or autocratic – the numbers of total cases and deaths per 1 million of population in East Asian countries are significantly lower than in the West despite huge population density.
The agreement signed between Russia and Turkey for a new security plan in northeast Syria was certainly historic and a much welcome potential path towards stability and peace.
From extraordinary candid admissions made separately by US President Donald Trump and the New York Times, there can be no illusion about what American forces are really deployed in Syria for. It’s an illegal occupation against the Syrian government and in particular to deprive the Arab country of its oil resources.