After all, our only choices are between Russian and Ukrainian racism – that is ‘degrees of racism’ – and is no choice at all! I bet Hitler is laughing in his grave when he heard the Russians have a privately funded military Unit named after his favourite composer – the rabidly racist Richard Wagner (the badge of which features a ‘Skull’ mimicking the ‘Skulls used in many of the Nazi German ‘SS’ insignia)! Modern, capitalist Russian has more in common with its American counterpart (as both are currently administered by the Bourgeois) than it does with the (Socialist) Soviet Union! Today’s argument is nothing more than a spat between two branches of the ruling Bourgeoisie over whose interpretation of history (and present model of modernity) will donate in the Ukraine. Once again, in true oppressive style, it is the minds and bodies of the working class that are used as the fuel to power this exploitative process.✊✊✊
From what I have seen whilst mixing with the Russian people via Telegram, many of them hold EXACTLY the same racist, homophobic and misogynist viewpoints as their Ukrainian counterparts – but just happen to be on the other side! There is no ‘Internationalism’ and the average Russian generally hates non-Russians. This is the damage done by just 31-years of capitalist indoctrination. The Wagner Group is named after a Neo-Nazi figure-head – whilst the badge of the Wagner Group usually depicts a ‘skull’ – similar to those used by the Hitlerite SS Units (particularly the ‘Deaths-Head’ Units)! Recently, the Wagner Group murdered a prisoner using a sledgehammer to the head (all filmed and uploaded) and Putin had the head of RT (a woman) go on air and ‘justify’ the murder! We certainly are down the rabbit hole on this one! Supporting the Russia fight against Ukrainian Neo-Nazism does not (and should not) equate to an automatic support for Russia Neo-Nazi (and Neo-Fascist) attitudes! I suspect the Trotskyites are loving this as it is all unfolding to Trotsky’s dream – a point little expressed by the Left (if we can still call it that)!
Those who survived this process describe it as comprising of continuous psychological and physical torture that lasted for around one-month and which was administered by uniformed US Servicemen! This sounds very similar to the contemporary US torture carried-out in Iraq (and other places)! Those now former ‘Kami-Kaze’ Pilots who survived this ‘Re-Education’ process were ‘discharged’ back into Japanese society whilst the US Authorities (with the collusion of the ‘new’ Japanese Authorities) ‘watched’ these men everyday – ensuring that their employment, health and housing opportunities remained very basic and at an impoverished level of existence. These former ‘Kami-Kaze’ Pilots received no pension, no back-pay and were not allowed to attend any Remembrance Ceremonies or have any Monuments constructed to ‘Remember’ the sacrifice of the ‘Kami-Kaze’ Pilots – despite the US Military Authorities ‘filming’ a number of these attacks (so ‘shocked’ were the Americans to encounter this tactic)!