Politics and the Person

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I have a burning feeling in my stomach every time I think of the Russian invasion of Berlin.  What the Red Army did was cowardly and shameful.  But what Stalin had created was a culture without morals.  It’s the only way communism can work.  To say I hate Russians would say I hate America, as what America and Great Britain did in the early months of 1945 was just as bad.  The terror bombings of Dresden under the guise of war was as hideous as the cowardly Red Army killing 11 year old German boys, then raping his mother and 8 year old sister.

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These are German women and children raped and killed by the Russian Army.

It’s not Paval’s fault he was born under the leadership of Stalin. (Who probably killed Paval and his family for not wanting to be party members.

I’ve been to Tokyo.  The Japanese people are amongst the most polite people I’ve ever met.  Yet the emperor’s Army took none to very few prisoners.  Stories of children being killed with Bayonets were not just propaganda.  It did happen Yet I don’t hate the Japanese.  What was the difference between Russia and Japan?  Russia was suppose to be a liberator.

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Austrian Women in Berlin commit suicide after being Raped by Red Army

Perhaps I’m a convenient victim of growing up during the cold war and the Bay of Pigs when the USSR wanted to destroy America.

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America is far from perfect.  We stole this land from the Native Americans and Mexicans who were here before us.  What right did we have to “Manifest Destiny”?  Was that any different from Hitler’s “Lebensraum”?

I can’t believe that Americans died protecting Chinese nationals in WWII.  (Remember the AVG)? The Flying Tigers?  Then 5 years after the war we are being killed in Korea by Chinese and Koreans.  Japan and Germany become loyal allies while our WWII allies became our worst nightmare. In 1961 Nikita Khrushchev pledges to bury us.  This came only 15 years after supplying Russia with food and P-39 Cobras to combat Germany.

And now Putin is at it again.  Americans have died more for other countries’ freedom than for our own.  Some speculate that had we not stopped Hitler in the late 20th century, he would have cornered the world. But I suggest that is just speculation.

There will always be someone who has an inherent need to conquer.  Unfortunately, there will always be those afraid to stand up to tyranny.  Lyndon B. Johnson once said, aggression not confronted is aggression unleashed.  I would hope that the Russian troops that go into the Ukraine would not kill the men and rape the women and children.  Hopefully Russia’s “taste of freedom” planted the seeds of morality.  Unlike the generation before.

I’m sure Putin represents the Russian people as much as Obama represents America.  79% of Americans wish they could replace Obama.  I’m sure the feelings of the Russian people do not matter to Putin.  Putin has a Gulag for those who don’t speak kindly of him.  In America, a place where free speech is supposed to be welcomed, if you say something negative about Obama, you will be harassed by government agencies like the NSA or worse, the IRS.

2 thoughts on “Politics and the Person

  1. The third picture (of the blonde girl kneeling over a dying woman) was actually captured during the German bombing of western Poland in September of 1939.

    • How quickly we forget. Stalin was a German Ally during the invasion of Poland. And when the victors split up the spoils of war, Germany took the enlisted men and used them for labor in Germany. Stalin on the other hand got 22,000 Polish officers and executed them in the Katyn forest.

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