Useful Idiots

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In an ever changing world it is good to know that you can depend upon certain things remaining the same.  Case in point:  The Nation sucking up to Russian tyrants:

In such a charged environment, it’s all the more important to pay close attention to diplomatic initiatives, even if they come from the Kremlin. While it may not be an ideal solution, there is merit in the Russian foreign ministry’s “road map” calling for establishing an international support group—with the EU, United States and Russia as members—to help Ukraine stabilize itself. Among other crucial points, the proposal calls for a Ukrainian national assembly to draft a constitution that would create a new federal system in which regions would have a reasonable degree of autonomy, confirm Russian as a second official language and, critically, uphold Ukraine’s military and political nonalignment—that is, maintain Ukraine’s geopolitical independence from Russia as well as the West, which will require an end to NATO expansion.

A settlement is possible if all countries’ security interests are taken into account. This would mean that Ukraine would hold elections with participation and guaranteed protection for ethnic Russians; would have a nonaligned government (stripped of neofascists); would pledge never to join NATO; and would develop economic relations with Russia and the EU (unavoidable if Ukraine is to survive economically).

 

The Russian proposal of course is made to neuter Ukraine and make it ready for slices of it to be reabsorbed, a piece at a time, by Mother Russia.  During the first Cold War, as I laughed my way through issues of The Nation, I sometimes wondered if they were motivated mainly by hatred of the United States or love of Communism.  Thanks for answering that question editors of The Nation!

6 Responses to Useful Idiots

  • The Katym Forest Massacre was a mass execution of Polish nationals carried out by the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD), the Soviet secret police, in April and May 1940. The massacre was prompted by NKVD chief Lavrentiy Beria’s proposal to execute all captive members of the Polish Officer Corps, dated 5 March 1940. The number of victims is estimated at about 22,000, with 21,768 being a lower limit. The victims were murdered in the Katyn Forest in Russia, the Kalinin and Kharkiv prisons and elsewhere. Of the total killed, about 8,000 were officers taken prisoner during the 1939 Soviet invasion of Poland, another 6,000 were police officers, and the rest were arrested Polish intelligentsia the Soviets deemed to be “intelligence agents, gendarmes, landowners, saboteurs, factory owners, lawyers, officials and priests”. The massacre was intended to weaken the Polish nation. information taken from Wikipedia

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    Russia wants us to support the unsupportable

  • The most amazing thing about the left is that they never realize that their ideas are garbage. The Nation is a pile of stinking, steaming leftist drivel, with writers who either carried Mao’s Little Red book or have parents who did.

    On a more serious – and joyful note – today, March 25, is the Solemnity of the Annunciation, the single greatest event since the creation of the universe. On this day we celebrate that God became man, in the form of a baby in His mother’s womb.

  • The Nation has been for more than 35 years an example of a political magazine that took no interest in public policy. Ultimately, their whole shtick was one summarized by Scott Nearing: we are fine people posted in this sinkhole of vulgarity. (See Thomas Sowell and Paul Hollander for detailed treatments of this mentality). It has no purpose outside of feeding the amour propre of its readers and contributors.

  • The thing about the leftist “drivel”
    Is their determination to be true believers in the face of the facts.

  • Ghost written by Boris Badenov:
    “the proposal calls for a Ukrainian national assembly to draft a constitution that would create a new federal system in which regions would have a reasonable degree of autonomy, confirm Russian as a second official language and, critically, uphold Ukraine’s military and political nonalignment—that is, maintain Ukraine’s geopolitical independence from Russia as well as the West, which will require an end to NATO expansion.”

  • Hi, Mary,

    A small correction – it was the Katyn massacre. In the days when Stalin was an ally of Hitler, the NKVD took full revenge for the Polish victory that occurred in the Polish Soviet War – the Miracle of the Vistula. Stalin was a Red Army officer in that was and was chronically inept at it.

    After WWI, the Austrians and Russians withdrew from Poland. Germany did not, having every intention of keeping the land they seized in the 1790s. Polish troops threw them out. Pilsudski later kicked out the Soviets, who under Lenin hoped to steamroll into Germany and make Europe Communist by conquest.

    Stalin and his Red Army were brutal in the 1939 invasion of Poland and were brutal again in letting the German Army and the SS level Warsaw during the Uprising. Later Stalin rounded up the Polish Home Army and had them arrested, labeling them as criminals.

    In the book FDR Goes to War, the authors take great pains to show that FDR knew it was the NKVD who committed the murders at Katyn and conspired to keep any of the truth from coming out, lest FDR lose the 1944 election.

    The youngest of Poland’s adults typically have not been all that willing to remember their country’s past, instead focusing on the future – and their own entertainment. Putin’s actions have reminded all of Poland who their neighbor really is. I am sure the Polish government and their military know damned well what kind of man Putin is and they will NEVER forget who it is on the other side of Ukraine.

    There is an article today at The American Spectator covering a book about Woodrow Wilson. Glenn Beck and many others hold Wilson in deep contempt and kinda sorta blame Wilson for getting involved in WWI and causing Hitler to take power in Germany. It is the fault of the 1930s Germans that the Nazis took power and nobody else. Among Wilson’s 14 Points for Peace was the reestablishment of the Polish state, something the French and British were not that keen on.

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