Yesterday, we were allowed to learn (from the news or Vineyard) about a rather stunning Friday vote in the United Nations. A group of post-Soviet, Latin American, African, and other countries proposed a resolution (initiated in early November)
Combating glorification of Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance (full PDF text, 7 pages)You may read the whole thing, it's not too long, and as far as I can see, the bulk matches the title perfectly. The U.N. members are aware of the harmful impact and rise of the pro-Nazi groups such as skinheads, the celebration of Waffen SS, the destruction of memorials remembering the anti-Hitler coalition. It encourages them to outlaw racially motivated crimes, and so on.
What was the result of the plentary vote? It passed, of course, and will be adopted by the U.N. general body in December (not that such things matter too much). 115 countries including BRIC, Israel, Argentina voted Yes. 55 countries including all EU members, Switzerland, and Japan abstained. (Serbia, an EU candidate, voted Yes.) And 3 countries voted No: Ukraine, Canada, and the United States of America.
I find it shocking that such a standard sequence of comments against Nazism became so controversial. I am flabbergasted by the fact that the U.S. and Canada teamed up around the heart of the pro-Nazi axis of the current world, Ukraine, to create the new axis.
If I read the 7 pages of the resolution carefully, there was nothing in it that would be directed against particular events in particular countries – such as Ukraine. But those who voted against the resolution clearly voted the way they voted with their interests in Ukraine in mind.
It's simply a fact that the glorification of Nazism – and its Ukrainian teammates from the beginning of the war – is a major source of "momentum" for the current regime in Kiev and they just don't want to weaken it.
Adolf Hitler was the most famous fascist in the history of the mankind. Almost no one knows the Banderists in Ukraine. Their contemporary apologists are abusing this widespread ignorance to implicitly suggest that they were good guys or defenders of freedom and democracy. The fact is that they were more than eager to cooperate on any crime of the Third Reich that was proposed – and, frankly speaking, they were more inhuman and more cruel than the Germans themselves.
These regimes and folks have lost the Second World War that they started 6 years earlier. This has unavoidably had some geopolitical consequences. The territory of Poland could have been restored and moved in the Western direction. Czechoslovakia got the permission to expel the Sudetenland Germans, too. And indeed, places such as Ukraine returned to the control of Moscow.
The new arrangement of Europe has been in place for nearly 70 years. And the opposition to the aforementioned vote is nothing else than the expression of the dissatisfaction of certain politicians with this post-war arrangement. They obviously want to revert the international closer to what Adolf Hitler and his allies had in mind. It's that simple and it's that terrifying!
The Ukrainian, Canadian, and U.S. "No" vote leaves me speechless. But the "abstain" vote that was imposed on all EU member states is actually enough to take my breath away, too. The resolution only repeats things that are currently valid laws in Czechia, for example, along with the same justification of these laws that was articulated when the laws were approved! We have rather explicit laws combating the (promotion of) movements attempting to suppress basic human rights (meaning fascism and communism – in the latter case, the law is often "overlooked", of course).
It's just amazing how far certain politicians and not only politicians are willing to go in their efforts to defend the indefensible and justify the unjustifiable.
Last night, I watched (Hercule Poirot and) another documentary about the Battle of Stalingrad. You know, I won't hide that I like pictures showing how the German fascist aßholes finally got properly spanked! I do consider Stalin to be a comparable – pretty much equivalent – monster to Adolf Hitler. But that war wasn't just about two people. It was primarily deciding the methods to compute the relative influence of various nations on the international affairs. And the idea that Germans would decide about faraway places such as Volgograd just because they've been brainwashed to believe that they are a superior race is utterly unacceptable to me.
On the other side, the USSR was also a totalitarian system but the Red Army wasn't really fighting to spread the totalitarianism (although the victory brought this ability as a welcome side effect) or to improve the leader's ego. They were simply defending their basic human, national, and territorial rights against a self-evidently illegitimate plan to question them. A democratic Russia or a tsarist Russia would fight similarly, with a similar philosophy and goals. The Red Army was fighting as an important if not decisive part of the allies' forces – forces that were defined by the desire to beat Nazism and restore some decent international conditions, and nothing more!
The Ukrainian representative justified his country's No vote as follows:
As long as Stalinism and neo-Stalinism are not condemned as strongly as Nazism, neo-Nazism and other forms of hatred, Ukraine would not be able to back this document.But this excuse is completely silly because unlike the glorification of Nazism, the glorification of Stalinism is in no way increasing. You won't see thousands of youth (or not-so-youth) marching in the streets with the pictures or other symbols of Stalin. At most, lots of people are supporting various other things that share certain characteristics with Stalin but they differ in many important aspects, too, and for those reasons, it becomes subtle to decide "who is the generalized neo-Stalinist" (of course that I think that the feminists and other PC people are but some others may invent completely different maps). There's no well-defined current problem that could be comprehensibly called "the rise of neo-Stalinism" which is why there are no resolutions fighting this non-existent problem! So simple.
For some time, I was emphasizing that the tension surrounding Ukraine is increasingly resembling "another proxy fight or repetition of the Second World War". The world is different than it was 70 or 75 years ago but certain instincts and "broadest goals" are mostly unchanged. And this "alignment of the tension with the Second World War" is self-sustaining. The more one side seems identify itself as a continuation of a side that fought in the Second World War, the more likely the other side is to do the same thing (and align itself with the other historical side).
The voting record is also weird from the Jewish point of view. As I said, Israel voted Yes with Russia – like Brazil, Russia, India, China (BRIC) and 100+ other countries. But the U.S. and Canada are trying to market themselves as the most important allies of Israel. Is there any substance to these claims? Just because the U.S. and Canada realize that their new "pets" in Ukraine derive some of their national identity from the glorification of their pro-Nazi "heroes" around 1940 is enough for the U.S. and Canada to indirectly support the celebration of this regime that has killed 6 million Jews – relatives of the citizens of Israel. Are these things in proportion?
I can't believe that the representatives of the three countries aren't able to see how dangerous and totally disgusting they have become. And I hope that the "Battle of Stalingrad" that will break the aßes who think it's just right to resuscitate Nazism will come earlier than in \(1942+\Delta T\).
And that's the memo.
Off-topic, dress codes: I really liked
Rosetta stoning: Social media’s secular Puritans are putting Western civilization on trial (RT, by Oleg O.)about the shirtstorm, the pettiness and irrelevance of the issue, the connection between the secular feminists and the protestant Puritans and witch hunters and their unjustified feelings of superiority, how it hurts the public discourse, and how the West may evolve in the future. See also the new essay Feminism must be reclaimed from the idiotic sisterhood in the Irish Independent where a female writer concludes that these people need to calm their tits now.