Sunday, 10 May 2015

Russia on Victory Day, remembering World War II

Victory Day Remembrance and parade in Moscow in its entirety RT Special Coverae

World War II is remembered as the Great Patriotic War in Russia. Whereas in the United States World War II is seen and though of as something of the "good war." Europeans and Russians in particularly have more of a mixed view. Russia or the Soviet Union lost 26 million people both civilians (majority) and soldiers from 1940-45. It's the most of any country involved in the global war against Nazism and fascism. The 70th anniversary of Victory Day is being celebrated across Europe in general over the weekend. Russia just as the Soviet Union before it takes great pride in having defeated Nazi Germany and halting the Wehrmacht's bombardment of Russia. Not learning from Napoleon's defeat some 200 years ago, Adolf Hitler and the wider Nazi regime's military assumed that a war of attrition with Soviet forces in Leningrad and Stalingrad would bring the Soviet power to its knees or at least exhaust Stalin into giving into Nazi military power. However, the Nazi regime didn't anticipate the push Soviet Union received from the harsh Russian winters, Josef Stalin's refusal to back down and the continual man, mechanical and financial support given by the Soviet government and people towards the war effort. The Soviet people starved across Russia and its satellite states. St, Petersburg, Leningrad and countless of Soviet cities inside Europe and Baltic states were bombed to oblivion by Nazi airplanes and depopulated purposely aimed at traumatizing Soviet civilians. Stalin is widely blamed for his paranoia and megalomania that led to the death of millions throughout the 1920s-1940s. Nevertheless, it was the wider Soviet Union's perseverance and nationalism that can still be seen in the 70th anniversary of the Victory Day parade that saved Soviet Union from Nazi occupation.

Soviet World War II Experience

The most famous photo of Red Army soldiers rising the Soviet flag over a destroyed Berlin. The final road to this famous pic was literally Hell on Earth for the Soviet Union. The Soviets had to fight through Nazi attempt to eliminate them from the Russian landmass and cities at the Eastern Front. Until the start of the Cold War, the Red Army were seen mostly in the West as a trusted ally. Once the post war allied occupation of Germany and Eastern Europe came into full effect in 1945 onwards, animosity mushroomed between the Soviet Union and Western countries. We can still see the animosity towards Russia today. Pic from Western Civ WWII. 

The Inglorious war

The surviving World War II veterans are proud of their victory over Nazism. However they are weary of the current war of words and war taking place in Ukraine. When today's generation listens to WWII generations' thoughts on war and defense they will noticed that there is cautionary warnings about long lasting wars or psychological effects of war trauma on civilians in war zones like Syria, Libya, Donetsk or Iraq. The WWII veterans carry the psychological scars and some still have nightmares of the war and civilian causalities 70 years later.

For all the talk about respect for freedom and fighting against brutal ideology of superiority, Western leaders were entirely absence from Moscow's helluva display of military might and booming nationalism on Saturday's Victory Day remembrance celebrations. The boycott didn't stop the Chinese President or Indian official from Modi's office from flanking Russian President Vladmir Putin at the parade. China, India and Russia have been enjoying financial, political and economic brainstorming and cooperation with one another. The relationship between the three BRIC countries are pretty cordial despite the amicable disagreements on how foreign policy issues and regional power relations should be handled. Both Russian and international media were present in Moscow. The journalists especially Russia Today correspondents were having a field day at the events.

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