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)!
With the US, UK and EU actively supporting the political rightwing and far-right as a policy decision in this power bloc’s opposition to any and all Workers’ Movements anywhere in the world – the idea that the Soviet sinking of the MV Wilhelm Gustloff was a ‘War Crime’ still carries significant persuasive force that even permeates Western classrooms (including those of ‘modern’ Russia) and is a common idea held throughout society. Alexander Marinesko did not commit a ‘War Crime’ or a ‘Crime Against Humanity’ because from the point of view of International Maritime Law, the ship was a legitimate target for the following reasons:
a) The ship was fitted with artillery (including anti-aircraft guns).
b) The ship was escorted by armed warships.
c) The ship and was painted in gray ‘camouflage’ colours to assist in its combat missions.
d) The ship was not Registered with the Red Cross.
e) The ship was carrying active military personnel.
f) The ship was travelling through a declared combat zone at the time of sinking.
g) The ship sailed under the (military) flag of the Reichskriegsmarine.
Although the Hitlerite ‘Aratta’ 8th Battalion also fell under this ‘reduction’ – the reality was that its best Western-supplied weaponry was left in theatre together with a small number of highly motivated Neo-Nazi criminals to man the guns and terrorise and murder the locals! The Western backers wanted to see results! This new ‘stream-lined’ Neo-Nazi Unit was based in the village of Berdyanskoye and was renamed ‘Medvedi SS’ (Медведи SS) or ‘SS Bears’! As an ‘elite’ Hitlerite Unit – its numbers never exceeded ‘twenty’ hand-picked members of (global) White Supremacy groups at any one time! Their function was to terrorise, rape, torture and murder the local population until ALL pro-Russian sympathy was drained into the Ukrainian soil along with the blood of the innocents they killed! Their Western-issued ‘Orders’ were to secure the area within (and surrounding) the village of Shirokino.
The ‘illegal’ Neo-Nazi Ukrainian ‘Euro-Maidan’ regime was brought into power by the first ‘Black’ President of the US – Barack Obama – during early 2014! Neo-Nazi Ukraine then spent the next eight-years building-up and strengthening the entirety of its Armed Forces with Ukrainian men and women being enthused by the Hitlerite ideology and invited to train in the best military centres the US, UK and EU could provide! This contemporary ‘Neo-Nazi’ Ukrainian Army sees the SS-collaborating ‘Ukrainian Nationalist Army’ (UNA) of WWII as its historical antecedent – with both being spiritually ‘united’ through the support of the Roman Catholic Church! The modern Russian Army has successfully ‘destroyed’ the highly motivated ‘Hitlerite’ legions of Ukraine (that were ‘primed’ to invade and annex West Russian territory) – but since the election of the far-right Liz Truss in the UK – the Western support for Neo-Nazi Ukraine has placed all its available military capability to the Northeast of the Donbass battlefield – and this ‘refocusing’ has inflicted considerable Russian casualties.
The so-called Six Day War that broke-out on June 5, 1967 – was a massive land-grab exercise perfectly planned and executed by the Zionist Authorities of Israeli! In typical (and deceptive) Zionist style, this mass invasion of Arab territory has been presented as an ‘act of self-defence – falsely implying that the Arabs are responsible for their own plight and deserve everything that Israel has perpetuated against them! In reality, this shocking exercise in neo-imperialism saw the military defeat of Egypt, Syria and Jordan. This defeat led to the Israelis occupying East Jerusalem, the West Bank of the Jordan River, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights and only served to tighten the Zionist noose that was already around the necks of the Palestinians! On June 8, 1967, the Israeli Airforce deliberately attacked the USS Liberty – a lightly armed US Naval ship that was sailing in international waters north of the Sinai Peninsula. This planned Israeli attack upon a US Naval ship killed 34 US Naval Personnel and wounded another 171! The Israeli method of trying to provoke the US to get involved in a conflict the Zionists themselves had started failed yet again.