This is the time to mark the victory over fascism, to mourn its victims and pay tribute to veterans. The heroic deeds of those who won the war against the «plague of the XX century» have been acquiring even more historic momentousness. But it never gives a rest to those who are eager to continue what Nazi started back then.
Millions of Europeans lost their lives as a result of the policy aimed at appeasement of Germany. Hoping to make Hitler go east, the Western powers tried to make a deal with Hitler letting him grab new lands: Austria and Czechoslovakia. The deal broken, it was followed by attacks on Belgium, France, Yugoslavia, while Italy launched an offensive against Albania and Greece. The policy of appeasement ended up in total fiasco.
Western historians still argue about the decisive factor that determined the outcome – the Soviet victory over fascist Germany. Some say it was the combination of talented military leaders, unprecedented heroism of soldiers and the staunchness of common people. Others say the German troops lacked fuel for tanks at the decisive moments of war while the Russian frost negatively affected their armor capabilities in general.
Those who hate the USSR cannot negate that the Soviet successes on the battlefield led to drastic changes in Europe. Bulgarian and Romanian troops were not eager to fight against the Soviet Union while clouds were gathering over the fascist monarchies at home. The information about the heroic defense of Moscow, the Stalingrad and Kursk victories inspired the guerillas and underground resistance movements in Albania, Yugoslavia, Greece and many other states. On December 18, 1942 the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a special statement in support of independence and freedom of Albania, the country situated so far away from Moscow. It expressed confidence that the peoples of the Balkans will oust the conquerors from their land.
Today many in the West try to remake the history in a topsy-turvy way painting heroes as traitors while presenting traitors as heroes. The West is trying to make the fascist Germany and the Soviet Union responsible saying fascism and communism were as by and large the same thing. This policy provoked Ukrainian Neo-Nazi into raising their heads. For the first time since 1945 people who hit the streets to mark the Victory Day were fired at. It took place in Mariupol, Ukraine. The Ukrainian Neo-Nazis behave like if there has never been the Nuremberg trial that condemned Nazi organizations and their ideology as criminal, or like if the heroic struggle of the Soviet Union against the fascist forces did not inspire Europe to rise against the occupants’ yoke!
There is one more thing worth mentioning these days. In Europe the attempts to rewrite the histories of WWI and WWII, as well as to put the blame for all-European tragedies on victims instead of aggressors, are underway. Serbia, a Russia’s ally, is a special target. Anthony Lewis, a former reporter and columnist of the New York Times, made himself a name comparing Serbs with wild animals. British historian Chris Clark said the Srebrennitsa events of 1995, when Serbs were made responsible for the massacre by the West, necessitated the review of the whole history of Serbian national-liberation movement which is many centuries-old.
Could the Ukraine Crisis Spark a World War? asks the National Interest remembering the lessons of international conflicts when US presidents were managing relations between great powers, and most especially, nuclear superpowers, American Cold War statesmen were vigilant in analyzing worst-case scenarios. Recognizing extreme risks (extremely unlikely, but extremely consequential), they observed what JFK, in the aftermath of the Cuban missile crisis, called «primitive rules of prudence».
The voices are raised in the West calling for the lessons of the world wars to disappear into oblivion. Russia Defeated the Nazis. Now US Revives Them writes Mark Sashine in his piece published by OpEdNews.com. According to him, «May 9 is coming and we here in the US, of course, don't care. On May 9, 1945 in Berlin Marshal Zhukov was the first to sign the German capitulation but we here don't want to know about that. On May 9, 1945 one of the first orders of the Russian commandant of Berlin was to feed the population but we don't want to know. On May 9, Russia holds a traditional military parade but we don't send congratulations. Instead we kiss the demons: we revive the banderovites and praise murderers; our highest officials encourage to kill Russians and German govt sends money and consultants to help the junta in Kiev. In 1944 Ilya Erenburg, the prominent Russian – Jewish journalist wrote an article calling to 'destroy Germany entirely.' Stalin then answered by his famous:
– «Hitlers come and go, German people stay».
Stalin did not destroy Germany. Maybe he should have. Then we would not see Merkel with her snout. But in all fairness, Germans now are the only Westerners who protest against the EU and US role in Ukraine, so there are people there who remember».
One does not need to be a prophet to realize what the oblivion of the WWII lessons, or the John Kennedy’s «primitive rules of prudence», may lead to. It’s obvious for everyone that a new push to the East or the revival of the ideas condemned by the Nuremberg tribunal could result in the repetition of the tragedies the world should never forget about.