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Poland commits “ACT OF BARBARISM” and begins DESTROYING Soviet war memorials

What was once unthinkable is now a fact of life in modern Europe.

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After months of passing the necessary legislation and making the requisite threats, Poland has begun demolishing war memorials to the Soviet Army which have stood in Poland since 1945.

Poland has not negotiated the matter with Russia, nor have Polish authorities even appeared interested in inter-state dialogue about a deeply serious issue in the context of wider world history and historical memory.

Russia has condemned the gravely insulting moves. The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned the act of “barbarism” against the eternal memory of the war heroes in the following way,

“We consider this outrageous incident an illustration and direct consequence of the Polish government’s anti-Russian policy in the memorial field among other”.

The Foreign Ministry further condemned the destruction as an “act of vandalism”.

The Russian Defence Ministry further stated,

“The Polish authorities, without notification and consent from the Russian side, demolished all the architectural elements of the burial site, including the mausoleum of the Red Army soldiers, within the grave. This is an outrageous act of insulting the memory of those who liberated the world from the brown plague of fascism”.

Writing in The Duran on 23 July of this year, geo-political expert Andrew Korybko proposed that Russian civil society groups help relocate the monuments to Russia, thus taking them off Polish hands while preserving the eternal memory of the liberators of Europe from fascism on Russian soil.

However, without even allowing dialogue about the issue, Poland has ruined any chances for reconciliation. Instead, the authorities have begun demolishing sacred sites dedicated to those who liberated Poland from the fascist enemy.It is an act our spiteful and twisted act of insulting historical revisionism that sets a frightening precedent for modern Europe.

One Polish man posted a live video of the daylight destruction of the memorial posted a comment stating,

“History is happening before our eyes”.

He also declared that he was “feeling excited”.

Far from being “exciting” this tragic act of vandalism is an international disgrace that has been allowed to happen in the heart of Europe which could well still be under fascist occupation if not for the heroic acts of the Soviet soldiers whose monuments are being desecrated by a state actor.

READ MORE: Poland resurrects a dangerous idea from its 20th century past

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Strange Quark
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Russia (USSR) paid the price of 600.000 dead young citizens (soldiers of the Red Army) to liberate Poland from Nazi occupation and to save Polish people from Nazi genocide. And how do Poles thank Russia for this? By destroying monuments to those soldiers who gave their lives when liberating Poland! This is one of many other reasons (e.g. Polish participation in aggression on Iraq in 2003…) why I despise today’s Poland.

hestroy
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hestroy

Polaks are imbeciles. Everyone knows that.

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

No-one can save a slave nation from themselves.

bbbar
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bbbar

Agreed. Specifically one that willingly accepts slavery.

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Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

I also despise the Polish government that allowed and encouraged this to happen. Hopefully the Polish people themselves do not agree to destroying monuments to those who liberated them from the Nazi’s.

Marcin Antkowiak
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Marcin Antkowiak

Liberated? Soviet troops stationed in Poland until 1992. Also, Soviet Union invaded Poland on 17th of September 1939 joining Hitler and immediately started murdering Polish people. After so called liberation, they raped and looted.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

USA Troops stationed in Germany with Nukes (they refuse to leave) and in Poland.
Please call that an occupation, as you call Soviet Bases in Warsaw Pact Countries an occupation.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

You beat me to it. The US has never left Germany.

Marcin Antkowiak
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Marcin Antkowiak

Obviously, it was an occupation. According to the Potsdam treaty by the way.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

You did not answer question, due to delusion. I understand.

BogSik
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BogSik

we do radecku we do😆 but u don’t call yourselves ty vole nebo ty krávo for nothing😂

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Where I am from in Morava/Silesia, we don’t use those sissy terms. We call “yourselves” ty kurvo, ty píčo, Pšonků zkurveného! Jsi Jednoduchá Vatikánská kurva!

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

The following is taken from The Daily Mail n 2009: Putin argued that Britain’s policy of appeasement with Hitler in 1939 had left Stalin with no choice but to sign a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany – including a secret clause carving up Poland. ‘If we are going to speak objectively about history we must understand it does not have just one colour. It was diverse and a huge number of mistakes were made by all sides. And all these actions created the conditions for the large scale aggression by Nazi Germany.’ Russia has never apologised for the invasion of… Read more »

BogSik
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BogSik

spot on👏 but the so called annexation was later followed by full and agreed incorporation of Czechia and Slovakia into 3rd Reich and their full support of the German war effort particularly by czechia for full 6 years. And for that they got a reward😎
They got to expand their territory by full and ruthless removal of all Germans from disputed lands. Was that a deal with anglo-zion?😎
Well consider Bell-pottinger fiasco in South Africa as a modus operandi of the crown and alles ist klar😈

Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

Soviet Union took back Galicia which does not belong to Poland,the people are Ukrainians. Sorry Marcin, you must be Polish.

Marcin Antkowiak
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Marcin Antkowiak

Yes, I’m Polish. You don’t need to feel sorry about that. I’m not. Soviets took eastern part of Poland and gave us part of eastern Germany taken by them after the partition of Poland in XVIII century. Ukrainian nationalist movement was supported by Hitler(look up Stefan Bandera), they committed mass slaughter of Polish people in 1944. After the war, communists decided to move Polish citizens from today’s Ukraine to the west to end the the violence from Ukrainians. By the way, Right Sector supported by the US is a continuation of OUN. During its existence, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army fought… Read more »

Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

Both of you Polish guys have very limited knowledge of Ukraine. Ukrainians and Russians are one and the same people. Russia has 7,000 nuclear weapons and are the big brothers to Ukrainians. So be very careful who you pick on. Try Latvia only a few million people.

BogSik
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BogSik

Walter stop craping in public😆 Ukraine never existed before soviets set up a Republic of that name partly on Polish Crown lands and there where no Ukrainians before then. Ukraine was always as is today multinational and mostly occupied by southern Russins who also gave national identity to Russians. Due to the bolshevic genocide of mainly Polish but also German inhabitants of these lands and later genocide of more Polish by ukrainian UPA and other ultra nationals helping Germans, todays Ukraine has very few minorities left but still few Poles, Czechs Romanians and Hungarians.

BogSik
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BogSik

this goes for uuu moron and the author of this propaganda!
U r one kind of a mental nutcase Adam for carping in public 😂 but than u probably are paid a lot 😆 assumIng u do have some cash left from drug binges do some reading on bolshevic and later soviet genocide of Polish citizens between 1918 and 1953 😆
have a good one😎

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Perhaps it is part of a revival of European fascism – and this time Russia will not be on hand to save the barbarians from their savage rulers.

Valeria Nollan
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Valeria Nollan

Very good observation.

Marcin Antkowiak
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Marcin Antkowiak

You need to educate yourself. During the WWII there was no Russia but Soviet Union, massive difference. SU was the most murderous state in the history. Have you heard about Gulags or people being killed for having clean/white hands? By the way, Soviets joined Hitler in invasion on Poland.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

You need to learn a few manners and a lot of critical thinking skills. And please, dont reply to me. I have no interest in talking to someone like you. I will not answer and will just block you.

Marcin Antkowiak
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Marcin Antkowiak

Typical when someone doesn’t have a proper argument to reply with.

BogSik
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BogSik

😂😂😂 give one example when Russia or rather soviet union or bolshevia saved anyone from anything👊
Yet there are at least 3 historical events during which participation of the Polish saved the collective sorry asses of the rest of Europe and the genocidal Catholic Church😈
And u can block me too😗

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

Now, lets see how many millions of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Africa relocate to Poland. They must be good “Europeans” and take at least 5 million. Let’s face it, Warsaw and Krakow needs a bit of colour and excitement. They are too boring and monochrome compared to London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Now, Poland, be good “Europeans” say “aaaah” and swallow 5 million refugees. Or would do you really want to be thrown at Uncle Putin’s mercy???

hestroy
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hestroy

??? WTF?

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

You don’t see the connection between “European values”, rejecting and re-writing the past with the destruction of Soviet memorials and being forced to take millions of refugees produced by the actions of the same US/EU/NATO gang?
Well, Poland, Hungary, Czech and Slovak republics and the rest will soon find out.
Gee, don’t we all love “European values” when monochrome nations are forcibly colourized by brown people like me? Lots of empty spaces in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and especially Poland. Lots of room for big, BIG mosques.
Do, enjoy!!!

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Please don’t bring Hungary, Czech and Slovakia into this.

Soviet (liberator) War memorials in Morava are protected. In my village it is painted, and maintained with flowers and bouquets.

No rape-fugees for us no matter how much someone may wish it so!

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

I am so sorry for you. The European courts WILL force refugees down the throats of all EU countries.There is no choice. The only question is how many. I am so so sorry. That is why the UK voted for Brexit. We had enough and then there was the EU created mess in Ukraine and Turkey in line to join the EU.
No more.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

No need to be sorry. Will not happen.

mikhas
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mikhas

The Saker suggested that Russia should totally ignore these repulsive cock-sucking prostitutes and sever all ties, that makes perfect sense after this. The American regime without much history of their own is of course jumping up and down in joy.

ruca
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ruca

That article from the Saker, as well as most of his articles, is brilliant. The best blog on the web and lots of smart comments.

BogSik
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BogSik

that would be splendid😎
and seaker is a dick when it comes to history being soviet -bred and indoctrinated😂

Simon
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Simon

Not the first act of ‘cleansing’ carried out by the Poles, nor the most monstrous.
Best to leave them alone in their xenophobic homogeneous little fantasy land.

seby
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seby

Trying to weigh up whose selective historical memory is worse, that of Americans or Poles. Probably the Poles. They think the US are going to sacrifice 600,000 of their people for them? Really sad day in Polish history.

lmimkac
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lmimkac

Big Polish heroes… attacking statues… hehe… well they have a good example from their utter friends as they wanted them to buy their lovely polish apples a few years back… how can they fight someone without history? I hold my deepest contempt for them because nobody from the crowd protested the decision… i hold my deepest contempt for them. And to be honest we in Eastern Europe alwyas did.. blaaah…

DexterSverige
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DexterSverige

The Soviet Union has never ‘liberated’ Poland – those who claim that are totally ignorant of history.

First of all Poland was divided in 1939 under mutual agreement between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union – and from 1945 and onward Poland was occupied by the Soviets and served as a buffer zone towards NATO. Was the Soviet union a ‘better occupier’ than the Germans? I guess that’s up for debate – but there should be no doubt that both were hostile occupiers.

bricsandthefreeworld
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bricsandthefreeworld

Do we got ourselves a one-comment Polish troll! What took you so long?

tapatio
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tapatio

He’s trolling for the fascist NATO (ZioUSA) regime – which happens to include Poland at the moment.

DexterSverige
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DexterSverige

I am not Polish

I am not a troll

I have no sympathy for the US or the Israeli governments what so ever

The above doesn’t change the fact that the Soviet union occupied Poland after WW2

Kaput
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Kaput

poland is a fascis……..nazi jerkdom

Guy
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Guy

Nazis are nationalists , who mostly believe in their divine right to rule as a race .Who else does that remind you of ? Hint , like Dexter says ” Guess where they went “

tapatio
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tapatio

Well, little boy you have been trolling me and others – that makes you a troll.

From the Bolshevik/Communist “revolution” into the ’50s/’60s, Russia was largely run by Rothschild’s Jews. Now Russia is run by Russians.

Since Poland and Ukraine form Khazaria and the place where Talmudic Judaism (95% of all Jews) was spawned, it might be pretty obvious that they are/have been Jewish controlled.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Not only that, Genetic haplogroup studies have confirmed the significant “ashkenazi” haplogroup coursing through Poland and Western U-Krajina

DexterSverige
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DexterSverige

So what are you disagreeing with ‘little boy’? Or you’re just off your meds today?

tapatio
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tapatio

Were you bright enough to read my comment?

tapatio
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tapatio

Poland was occupied by the Nazis. Russia/USSR/Stalin REMOVED the Nazis and anyone with the delusion that Hitler was any better than Stalin is an imbecile.

Now that Poland is becoming a voluntary Nazi state, with Ukraine/US/IsraHELL/Saudi Arabia, etc, Poland will soon relearn the lesson that ANYTHING is better than fascism.

DexterSverige
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DexterSverige

First he joined them and then he removed them for his own purposes and kept Poland occupied. You could use a bit of history education (and some civil manner for that matter)

http://www.dw.com/en/molotov-ribbentrop-pact-a-honeymoon-for-two-dictators/a-17873179

Aleksandar Tomić
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Aleksandar Tomić

He was only following an example in promotion of European values, just ask the Czechs and Slovaks.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German%E2%80%93Polish_Non-Aggression_Pact

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Yes our “Slavic Brothers” and neighbours, Poland were really good to relieve us of territory, precisely at the same as Hitler was occupying and annexing Bohemia and Moravia, for their so called protectorate.
My now departed Grandmother never got over telling me the disgust that she had for those Polish Actions and was wary of Poles till her dying day. Her home was less than 45 km from Polish border.

tapatio
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tapatio

Stalin did not “join” Hitler. He signed a treaty to avoid war with Germany at the time.

After Napoleon, the Jewish Bolsheviks and then Hitler, Russia needs a buffer against the West.

As to your opinion, your choice of one of the most INFANTILE of sit-coms as your identity says all that’s necessary about your intelligence.

Kaput
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Kaput

it seems we looking at ukraine N0.2…………. they are so damn arrogant that they deserve all thats coming……….. I wnder why u kranians dont take refuge in Poland rather than in Russia……….. Poland has always been a destabilizing factor….. best thing that can happen is their financial ruin.

tapatio
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tapatio

Poland and Western Ukraine have always been welfare states – useless dependents on whoever is willing to adopt them.

7.62x54r
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7.62x54r

LOL. Now Poland is occupied by the US and NATO militaries; taking in unwanted blacks and Ukrainians as alien refugees and in IMF austerity which sells off state assets to the German-US-UK banks. Unable to offend the Germans and nazi Ukrainians, they take down Russian war memorials. It is a European form of Black Lives Matter and Antifa.

Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

Russians took Galicia from Poland which was Ukrainian populated for centuries.

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What is particularly unforgivable in this case is one part of the complex destroyed was a mausoleum with the “remains” of the dead buried in it. Not just a “statue” but the eternal graves of soldiers. There can be no forgiveness for that. The Polish have crossed the line between stupidity and evil .And only harsh and savage punishment can cleanse that crime.Russia may as a state do nothing. But hopefully Russians as a people with take retribution for that disgrace. A good first (only first ) step would be for citizens to demolish the Smolensk monument put up in… Read more »

Guy
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Guy

But the Russian people are probably aware that 2 wrongs don’t make a right.At least I hope they are .But then again with your handle of “Punisher” , you are forgiven to think this way.
Cheers .

Alexandra
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Alexandra

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, Poland never, ever took the best political decisions. It was always the wrong decisions because of their idiotic hatred of the Russians since they were kicked out of Moscow in early 17th century.

BogSik
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BogSik

please get the facts right😆
Polish occupation of Moscow was by invitation of some Boyars trying to put their Zar on the throne. And since they invited few drunks and not real Polish crown army, the occupation ended when they runout of wine and food.😎

Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

Poland’s actions in destroying memorials to Red Army soldiers who liberated them from the Nazi’s is as despicable as can be. Shame on Poland. Why does the U.S. refuse to condemn Poland’s actions? Are we O.K. with what the Poles are doing? The fighting the Red Army did in defeating the Nazi’s saved millions of American lives.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Didnt you know??? According to America, THEY won the war and liberated Europe!

Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

This is what Hollywood says. 95% of the Germans that got killed in WWII got killed on the eastern front fighting the Red Army.

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Gonzogal

True, but Hollywood and the US regime dont let the truth stand in their way of a “good story” aka their lies and propaganda!

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curri

You should also condemn the same thing happening in US. Slaveholders said war was about slavery, but the Southern troops (the vast majority not slaveholders) were fighting an invasion of their homeland. And everyone should know that Lincoln said the war was about preserving the union. He famously said that if he could preserve the union without freeing a single slave he would do so.

Guy
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Guy

Acts of barbarity .I am truly surprised at the thinking in Poland and most Baltic states for that matter with anything regarding Russia .I hope it is not too contagious .

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Valeria Nollan

This is a tragic and deeply evil act on the part of the Polish government. It speaks volumes about the quality of the people who allowed this to happen. I pity them. Instead of ennobling themselves or humiliating the millions of Soviet citizens who sacrificed their lives to liberate Poland from fascism, they only bring disgrace on themselves. How appalling that the destroyers of these important monuments seek to inflict pain on the Russian people.

Arseniy 'Motorola' Pavlov
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Arseniy 'Motorola' Pavlov

“Envy runs deep and goes hand in hand with hatred.”
Poles prove that assertion.

Aleksandar Tomić
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Aleksandar Tomić

Ofc, there are memorials in Russia from the Poles, that can, let’s say, go through the same ordeal…

bbbar
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bbbar

It’s more important to above their nonsense, no reason to stoop to their level.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

meh

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

Maybe now patriotic Russians will understand the feelings of Southern White Americans.

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If the Polish government is committing such a nasty act, it seems likely that they have orders to do so. It looks like another provocation to goad Russia into conflict but it won’t work, anymore than all the other insults, thefts and assassinations have succeeded. Vladimir Putin had a good week last week, in China and in Vladivostok. The banksters will just have to suck it up.

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Germany does not manufacture atomic weapons but has come to consider itself as a nuclear power because it has vectors to use them.

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Germany’s armed forces are currently studying the possibility of acquiring nuclear bombers capable of using the new American B61-12 atomic bombs.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon itself plans to deploy these new atomic bombs in the German region of Eifel, in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The German air force already has multi-tasking Tornado warplanes, which are already capable of deploying American atomic bombs. But those aircraft are going to be replaced, possibly, by European-developed Eurofighters, or by United States manufactured F/A-18 Super Hornets.

Either way, the warplane that Germany selects will have to be equipped with the AMAC (Aircraft Monitoring and Control) system, which allows the use of the new American atomic bombs and enables the regulation of the power of the explosion as well as at what height the bombs explode after they are launched.

Germany does not manufacture atomic weapons but has come to consider itself as a nuclear power because it has vectors to use them, and believes that this gives it the right to sit on the UN Security Council sharing the permanent member position occupied by France.

Both countries would thus represent the European Union, under the auspices of NATO.

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‘Yellow Vests’ march in Paris for 23rd straight week.

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Yellow Vests protests brought clashes and tear gas back to the streets of Paris, despite politicians’ calls for “unity” in the wake of the Notre Dame fire. For protesters, the response to the fire only showed more inequality.

Saturday’s protests mark the 23rd straight weekend of anti-government demonstrations, but the first since Notre Dame de Paris went up in flames on Monday. Officials were quick to criticize the protesters for returning to the streets so soon after the disaster.

“The rioters will be back tomorrow,” Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters on Friday. “The rioters have visibly not been moved by what happened at Notre-Dame.”

For many of the protesters, grief over the destruction of the 800-year-old landmark has made way for anger. With smoke still rising from Notre Dame, a group of French tycoons and businessmen pledged €1 billion to the cathedral’s reconstruction, money that the Yellow Vests say could be better spent elsewhere.

“If they can give dozens of millions to rebuild Notre Dame, they should stop telling us there is no money to respond to the social emergency,” trade union leader Philippe Martinez told France 24.

Saturday’s protests saw a return to scenes familiar since the Yellow Vests first mobilized in November to protest a fuel tax hike. Demonstrators in Paris’ Bastille district set barricades on fire and smashed vehicles, and police deployed tear gas to keep the crowds at bay.

Sporadic incidents of vandalism and looting were reported across the city, and some journalists even reported rioters throwing feces at police.

60,000 police officers were deployed across the country, and in Paris, a security perimeter was set up around Notre Dame. A planned march that would have passed the site was banned by police, and elsewhere, 137 protesters had been arrested by mid afternoon, police sources told Euronews.

Beginning as a show of anger against rising fuel costs in November, the Yellow Vests movement quickly evolved into a national demonstration of rage against falling living standards, income inequality, and the perceived elitism and pro-corporation policies of President Emmanuel Macron. Over 23 weeks of unrest, Macron has made several concessions to the protesters’ demands, but has thus far been unable to quell the rising dissent.

After Notre Dame caught fire on Monday, the president postponed a television address to the nation, during which he was expected to unveil a package of tax cuts and other economic reforms, another measure to calm the popular anger in France.

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Maybe it’s past time for Canadians to get serious again about their independence.

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Canadian visitors to Washington sometimes wonder why their embassy stands at the foot of Capitol Hill.

The answer? To be close to where Canada’s laws are made.

A main showcase of Ottawa’s craven servility to Washington is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s complicity in the US-led regime change operation being conducted against Venezuela. Not content with ruining his own country with multiculturalism, polysexualism, and the like, Li’l Justin has acted in lockstep with Big Brother to the south inslapping sanctions on Venezuelan officials and serving as a US agent of influence, especially with other countries in the western hemisphere:

‘A Canadian Press report published at the end of January revealed that Canadian diplomats worked systematically over several months with their Latin American counterparts in Caracas to prepare the current regime-change operation, pressing [Venezuelan President Nicolás] Maduro’s right-wing opponents to set aside their differences and mount a joint challenge to the government. “The turning point,” said the Canadian Press [Global News], “came Jan. 4, when the Lima Group … rejected the legitimacy of Maduro’s May 2018 election victory and his looming January 10 inauguration, while recognizing the ‘legitimately elected’ National Assembly.” The report cited an unnamed Canadian official as saying the opposition “were really looking for international support of some kind, to be able to hold onto a reason as to why they should unite, and push somebody like Juan Guaidó.”

‘One day prior to Maduro’s inauguration, [Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia] Freeland spoke to Guaidó, the newly-elected National Assembly speaker, by telephone to urge him to challenge the elected Venezuelan president.’

But that’s not all. Canada is out front and center in the “Five Eyes” intelligence agencies’ war on China’s Huawei – with direct prompting from US legislators and intelligence.  As explained by Col. Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Gen. Colin Powell, it’s not that Huawei violated any law when circumventing US sanctions but it is the US that is acting illegally by unilaterally imposing sanctions that were never agreed to internationally. But that’s OK – when it comes to Washington’s claims of jurisdiction over every human being on the planet, Justin and Chrystia are happy to oblige!

Also, let’s not forget Chrystia’s role in keeping the pot boiling in Ukraine. It would of course be cynical (and probably racist) to attribute anything relating to Ukraine to her own interesting family background …

To be fair, the lickspittle attitude of Canadian officials towards their masters south of the 49th parallel is hardly unique in the world. Also to be fair, it’s natural and would be generally beneficial for Canada to have a positive relationship with a powerful, kindred neighbor rather than a negative one. Think of Austria’s ties to Germany, or the Trans-Tasman relationship of Australia and New Zealand, or the links that still exist between Russia and Ukraine despite efforts by the west to set them against each other (as, for example, Spain and Portugal were at loggerheads for several centuries, when the latter was a loyal ally of Spain’s foe, Great Britain, to such an extent that Portugal was sometimes shown on maps and globes in the same pink as British possessions; a similar situation existed between Argentina and British ally Chile).

A close and mutually advantageous relationship is one thing, but Canada’s de facto loss of independence is another. Not only does the US control Canada’s diplomacy, military, and intelligence but also her financial system (with, among other levers, the notorious FATCA law, which places Canadian institutions under the supervision of the IRS, with Canada’s revenue service acting, care of the Canadian taxpayer, as a cat’s paw for not only the IRS but the NSA and other snooping agencies). As explained by one Canadian nationalist (yes, they do exist!), the redoubtable David Orchard, trade is also a critical issue:

‘Canada …, after almost three decades of “free trade” with the U.S., has more than $1.2 trillion in federal and provincial debt, large deficits at every level, no national child or dental care, high university tuition, miserly old age pensions, years of massive budget cuts, and giveaway prices for its exports of oil, gas, timber and minerals.

‘For 150 years, great Canadian leaders have warned that without an economic border with the United States, we would soon no longer have a political border.

‘We once owned the world’s largest farm machinery maker, Massey Harris, headquartered in Toronto; built the world’s largest and most respected marketer of wheat and barley, the Canadian Wheat Board, based in Winnipeg; created a great transcontinental railway system, beginning in Montreal, which tied our country together; and saw Vancouver’s shipyards produce the beautiful Fast Cat ferry.

‘Instead of spending hundreds of billions on foreign-made machinery, electronics, automobiles, ships, fighter jets and passenger aircraft (even payroll systems for federal employees!), we can build our own, both for the domestic and export market.

‘We once designed and built the world’s most advanced jet interceptor, the Avro Arrow, so we know it can be done. [Emphasis added] With Canada’s resources and ingenuity, it could create a prosperous, domestically controlled economy that would give Canadians multiple benefits, security and pride of ownership. All that is required is some of the will that drove our ancestors to create an alternate power in North America. As George-Étienne Cartier, the great Québécois Father of Confederation, put it, “Now everything depends on our patriotism.”’ [Note: Orchard is the author of the must-read book The Fight for Canada: Four Centuries of Resistance to American Expansionism. To begin at the beginning, in the late 1680s, as part of English-French rivalry in North America, Massachusetts Puritans sought to root out the nest of popish deviltry known as Quebec. Following their disastrous 1690 defeat, they decided to fight Satan closer to home by hanging witches. The rest, as they say, is history…]

Scratch a Canadian patriot and you’ll hear about the Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow. As a watershed moment in Canada’s downward slide into subservience, the cancellation of what by all accounts was a magnificent aircraft – and a snapshot of what Canada’s international competitiveness (including in advanced aerospace) could have looked like had it been able to develop independently – might have been the point of being sucked into the American vortex. As noted by one response to my suggestion that Ottawa’s stance on Venezuela amounted to Canada’s annexation by the US: “Canadian here…unfortunately, the above is true (not literally of course, but in practice). It goes back even before the time of Diefenbaker, who canceled our Avro Arrow program on demand from the US – thus destroying our aerospace industry and causing brain drain to the US/Europe.”

To this day, the decision of then-Prime Minister John Diefenbaker to kill the Arrow project (and “put 14,528 Avro employees, as well as nearly 15,000 other employees in the Avro supply chain of outside suppliers, out of work”) on what came to be known as “Black Friday,” February 20, 1959, remains controversial and shrouded in mystery. A mix of budgetary, political, technological, and personality factors has been cited, none of them conclusive. Pressure from the US side, including unwillingness of Washington to purchase a Canadian aircraft when the US could pressure them to buy American planes and missiles, no doubt played a key role: “Instead of the CF-105, the RCAF invested in a variety of Century Series fighters from the United States. These included the F-104 Starfighter (46 percent of which were lost in Canadian service), and (more controversial, given the cancellation of the Arrow) the CF-101 Voodoo. The Voodoo served as an interceptor, but at a level of performance generally below that expected of the Arrow.”

While we may never know reliably why Diefenbaker cancelled the Arrow or how Canada or Canadian industry might have followed a different path, there’s no question of the superior capabilities of the Arrow. As it happens, one of the few pilots who had a chance to test the Arrow in an impromptu friendly dogfight is now-retired USAF fighter pilot Col. George Jatras, later US Air Attaché in Moscow (also, this analyst’s father). As he related in 2017:

‘I’ve received a number of messages in the last couple days about this bird, including some that say it may be revived. I don’t know how The Arrow would compare to today’s aircraft, but I had a first-hand lesson on how it faired against the F-102.

‘In 1959, I was stationed at Suffolk County AFB on Long Island with the 2nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron. We had an informal exchange program with a Canadian fighter squadron stationed near Montreal. From time to time, two or four aircraft from one of the squadrons would fly to the other’s base on a weekend cross country.

‘On one such exchange, I was #3 in a four ship formation led by [former Tuskegee airmanErnie Craigwell (I don’t recall who the other pilots were). As we entered Canadian airspace, cruising at about 40,000 ft., we spotted a contrail well above our altitude (probably at 50,000ft.) and closing very fast.  As the other aircraft appeared to be passing by, we could clearly see the delta shaped wing and knew it was the Avro Arrow that the Canadian pilots had told us about. Then, instead of just passing by, he rolled in on us! Ernie called for a break and we split into elements. When we talked about the encounter afterwards we all agreed that our first thought was, “This guy is in for a surprise; he doesn’t know that he’s taking on the F-102.”  Well, we were the ones in for a surprise. Even with two elements covering each other, not one of us could get on his tail. His power and maneuverability were awesome.  After he had played with us for a few minutes, like a cat with four mice, he zoomed back up to about 50K and went on his way. What an aircraft! What a shame that it never went into production.’

What is perhaps most curious about the Arrow’s demise is that “everything was ordered brutally destroyed; plans, tools, parts, and the completed planes themselves were to be cut up, destroyed, scrapped and everything made to disappear.”  Why? Well, security of course! Don’t engage in conspiracy theories …

The Canadian national anthem finishes with a pledge: “O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.” It should be noted that understandably resentful Loyalists fleeing the US following the American Revolution were a major contribution to the growth of Canada’s English-speaking population. American troops – back when we were the plucky underdog fighting the mighty British Empire – invaded Canada in 1775 and during the War of 1812 but were defeated. Relations got testy during the American Civil War as well, and even afterwards the US was wary of a proposed united “Kingdom of Canada,” hence the choice of the name “Dominion” in 1967. If today’s Canadians think we-all down here don’t know whom they’ve mostly had in mind to “stand on guard” against all this time, they’d better think again.

Maybe it’s past time for Canadians to get serious again about their independence – eh?

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