This is unimaginable.
Can you blame me for being so pessimistic about humanity?
It is evident we haven't evolved much since 'witches' burning and Crusades.
Same brainless mass of zombies with zero resistance to propaganda.
These are the times I'm ashamed of being part of these species. No, really!
What good is our fasinating brain if it can't resist the bullshit? That's what we're so proud of and what is separating us from other animals. We're freaking 'homo sapiens'!
Well, maybe we can now fly to the outer space and perform a laser eye surgery, but we're just as lame in critical thinking as hundred of years ago. We learn nothing from history and continue killing each other in mass on a regular basis. And we're the only animals who torture. For that we've got enough brains. But not for independent thinking, that's too much to ask.
It's not like we don't know the facts now so we can be misguided into thinking of Stalin as a hero, we do. There was a period in SU and in independent Russia and Ukraine when truth about Stalin was told without much sugarcoating. With modern media access there is no way of staying unaware of the person's crimes. And yet here we go again with Stalin worship?? Even knowing about his crimes?? I'm not taking old people into account. Nothing can change them, obviously, and no one is mad at them for continuing to live under illusions of their youth. But the new generation?
"Ah, yeah, around 20 million dead ancestors, but that's not important! Stalins achievements justify those!" - this seems to be the spirit of nowadays propaganda twist which is working!
Children praising the butcher of their parents! How horrific that is, how sick and disappointing!
Can you imagine they even wanted to canonize Stalin? What a great saint that guy would have made, eh? Speechless...
It is inconceivable how many Stalin-praising comments I see on the internet from Russians. Some of them saying 'I wish Stalin was back', many slamming Ukrainians for seeing the figure as a monster instead of a hero.
Such commentators, however, fail to understand that had Stalin been alive today, or rather, had they lived in Stalin's times under his regime, they themselves would have probably been slaving in labour camps or rotting in mass graves.
These same people most likely start screaming and protesting when a modern day dictator begins slaughtering his own people. But since what happenned a few decades ago is 'ancient history', the sufferrings and deaths of innocent people from the past do not really mean that much any more. Their lives have no value, they're like dust, worthless to us. They had to be sacrificed for the 'better future', for the construction of a 'great country', so f*ck all those folks, several millions of them, let them turn in their mass graves while we hail their murderer! We, the moralists of the 21st century! We, the people who can tell right from wrong. We, who teach our children that human life is sacred and killing is a great sin and that killers had to be put in prison or executed because they're monsters ... unless they lived a few decades ago and were ruling our country.
I know the numbers always look so cold and impersonal. Two people, twenty, or twenty million... still sound like numbers. But it takes just a couple more thoughts for a sane adult person to realize each of those people was a real person, a living being, not a number. People had names, they had families, friends, dreams and fears, some of them had talents, some of them were kinder then us, smarter then us, some were really good parents to their children, some were beautiful, some were outgoing and funny, just like us today. All they wanted was to live their lives, watch their children grow up, just like most of people today. Is this so hard to understand? They were not different from us. And they had their lives taken away from them. So when people in todays Russia (predominantly there) or Ukraine (rarely) express fascination with Stalin and say the numerous innocent victims do not eclipse the greatness of his achievments, what they also should be saying is 'feel free to take me to Gulag and kill my family anytime in the name of a greater good'. Really, be consistent why don't you! You are all so brave in diminishing other peoples lives, go ahead and say the same about yourself! If it was all right to sacrifice innocent people a while ago, you wouldn't mind the same tratment to be applied today to you, your family and your friends. And surely you'd be ok with children of the survivors hailing your murderers despite such minor detail as your death. You and your beloved ones would be just numbers on the paper...just a few of many. Statistics...
Our communist party that is still present in parliament gaining some 3% of votes - a necessary minimum to be represented there. A year ago they sparked fierced debates when they installed a new Stalin monument near their office in one of our big cities.
Later on, it was blown to pieces by some people. Authorities didn't fall short of calling this victimless crime an act of terrorism.
So erecting a monument in a public place to a mass murderer, - a man our own SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) found to be responsible for exterminating 6-9 million of our own - is totally fine, but taking it down is no less than an act of terror? Something is seriously wrong here.
The reason for writing this post has been the new initiative - the resurrecting of SU flag on the Victory Day (May 9, the day WW2 officially ended for SU).
It is seemingly a harmless move, but thoughtful people understand how vicious it is. This may be a first step towards 'pro-soviet' moves here in Ukraine, as well as an attempt to provoke clashes between people, to devide and rule or simply divert attention from the real problems in our country. Whatever is the reason for this disgusting decision - NOONE has been asking for it and any possible benefits (of pleasing the veterans who faught under this flag) will not outweigh the damage it will do. Raising a 'flag of victory' which also happens to be the flag of totalitarian regime that has been exterminating own people like flies...
Put this on that red 'victory' flag. 'Those who didn't live to see any victory'.
People who forget their history are doomed to repeat it.
A must see - 'The Soviet Story' documentary:
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Stalin gets overlooked in the US? Yeah, history is a peculiar thing. As Voltaire said, 'What is history? The lie that everyone agrees on.'
But the biggets horror I see is not in trying to hide the fact that Stalin killed millions of his own people, but when these facts are acklnowledged and still resumed with 'but he sure succeeded in building a strong country, so he does deserve some respect!'