Russia Lost the Great Patriotic War
Who won the battle of Ryazan in Russia during World War II, which Russians crazily refer to as “The Great Patriotic War”? Was it the Germans, who lost 500,000 soldiers, or was it the Russians, who lost a million?
Who won the battle of Stalingrad (now Volgograd)? Did Russians “win” that battle the same way they “won” the battle of Moscow against Napoleon, by cleverly razing the city to the ground and wiping out its population so the invaders couldn’t make use of them? If so, then “win” a few more battles like that and you don’t really have much country left to defend, do you?
If you, like any normal person who can count, say it was Russia which lost these battles and which, indeed, lost the “GPW” in its entirety, then you’d better be careful where you say it. Utter those words in Russia and you may be heading for prison if Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu has his way. So-called “liberal president” Dima Medvedev is fully supportive of the effort. In other words Russia won because if you say it lost Russia will erase you. That’s the same technique the wacko Nikita Khruschev used to “bury” the USA!
We’ve addressed this issue before, when Shoigu first made his maniacal statement, but now that Russians are parading nuclear weapons through Red Square to “celebrate” their “victory” in the “GPW,” it’s appropriate to revisit the issue.
Suppose you dare to compare today’s Germany, the “loser,” with today’s Russia, the “winner”? What if you notice that a few decades after its “victory” in the GPW the USSR totally collapsed, and that now Russians have a standard of living so miserable that it is not remotely similar to prosperous Germany (the same is true of France, which surrendered to Hitler), and that Russians don’t rank in the top 120 nations of the world for adult lifespan while Germans rank #24. Suppose you wish to notice that today Germany is one of Europe’s leaders, a member of NATO, a key force in blocking Russian aggression Georgia, exporting a wide variety of respected products to the world while Russia stands utterly alone, exporting nothing but raw materials and befriended only by international pariahs like Syria, Venezuela, Iran and North Korea?
What if you wish to point out that Stalin, who led Russia to “victory” in the GPW, butchered at least as many Russians as the German army?
Try doing any of that in Putin’s Russia and you’ll soon go to prison for three years, plus pay a crippling $10,000 fine (that’s a year and half’s average wages, if you please). Many see this measure, and others like it, as an effort to revive the Soviet dictatorship that only recently collapsed because of such draconian restrictions on civil society.
If you have the temerity to wonder why, if it was really that obvious that Russia won the GPW, the Kremlin would be so afraid of anybody questioning the victory, you’ll likewise get chucked in jail. It’s just a hop, skip and neo-Soviet jump from there, of course to getting sent to prison for making any other type of criticism of Putin’s Russia, the same state of affairs that obtained in the time of the USSR.
Let’s be clear: Very shortly, the things we’ve just written in this editorial will make us criminals in Putin’s Russia. Criminals.
Meanwhile last week, Russia was holding yet another Soviet-style parade of weapons through Red Square in order to celebrate it’s “victory” in the GPW, and playing the tune of the national anthem of the USSR. So-called “president” Dima Medvedev was screeching crazily about how Russia would “teach lessons” to the world with its army. Nuclear weapons, tanks and goose-stepping stormtroopers by the tens of thousands poured into the gigantic square to be reviewed by the proud KGB spy who rules the country, standing next to the tomb of Vladimir Lenin still proudly displayed at the epicenter of the proceedings.
Nobody noticed that the “great victory” of Russian forces in the GPW was followed by the total collapse of Soviet society.
Nobody mentioned the fact that this spy has presided over the loss of 75% of the stock market’s value, half the foreign currency reserves and a third of the national currency’s value. Nobody spoke about the double-digit inflation combined with the double-digit unemployment (Russians can’t even afford Cola-Cola anymore). Nobody discussed the plummeting population, the horrific murder rate, or any of the other massive social failures that have characterized the regime from the beginning. Nobody talked about Russia’s total isolation in the world, its alienation of the nations who should be closest to it (especially Ukraine and Georgia), nor do they mention the collapse of the Russian army from corruption and barbaric cruelty.
Nobody discussed the fact that Russia’s most important “GPW” memorials are neglected and in danger of collapse as Putin squanders resources that could be used to protect them on cold-war rhetoric and provocation, making the Kremlin’s “patriotism” seem hollow and empty indeed.
And nobody, of course, was permitted to point out that Russia’s “liberation” of Eastern Europe from the Nazis resulted in treatment of those nations that was as bad as or even worse than what the Nazis were doing, so that now each and every one of them despises Russia with furious passion.
No, just as in Soviet times the newspapers and even the history books in Russia will say that all is just fine in the paradise that is Vladmir Putin’s Russia. And just as in Soviet times, the records of the rest of the world will tell quite a different story, ending with Russia’s brutal collapse and destruction.