We’re sure that at least some members of the government of Ukraine are currently unhappy with whatever clown issued this tweet (then quickly deleted), because it surely didn’t help with the preferred manufactured image of Ukraine as an epitome of democracy, freedom and the American Way which must be defended at all costs:
If you still don’t know who Stepan Bandera was, then try to Google it. Or, better, Duck Duck Go it, since we’re fairly certain that Google will be scrubbing any mention of him soon if they haven’t already. Cliff’s Notes version: A REAL Nazi, not a “neo” one, the kind who was responsible for the murder of hundreds of thousands of Poles, Jews, Russians and anybody else not deemed sufficiently “Ukrainian”.
One of those Nazis that, according to our “media”, are all “Pro-Putin Propaganda”. Also one who is officially a Hero of Ukraine and whose birthday is a national holiday.
Which isn’t a new thing. Prior to the airbrushing of history, we have this article from five years ago.
But, hey, that never happened, right? We just happened to discover it and then forget all about it when we needed a proxy for WWIII without saying “WWIII”, right?
The Poles, to their credit, were not amused.
A Twitter post commemorating Ukrainian World War Two nationalist leader Stepan Bandera has been taken down from the website of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) after protests from Poland, a Polish minister said on Tuesday.
Arkadiusz Mularczyk, a deputy foreign minister, said that Poland opposes any celebration of Bandera. While the Ukrainian is hailed as a freedom fighter by some in his native land, he is also held responsible for the murder of around 100,000 Poles by his Ukrainian Insurgent Army in what became known as the Volhynia Massacre.
Israel, unsurprisingly and understandably, also weren’t amused by “poor DEFINITELY NOT NAZI Ukraine” celebrating an eager participant in the Holocaust:
Verkhovna Rada tweet references Stepan Bandera, a Ukrainian ultra-nationalist and antisemite whose followers engaged in a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Jews and Poles during World War II
Let’s send them another $100 billion, why don’t we? While our own country is being swamped by illegal aliens and countless numbers of Americans are facing the choice between heating their homes and having dinner.
Because SLAVA UKRAINI!
Or “Heil Hitler”, because that’s the American Way!
Oh, we hear it already: “But, Misha, you’re an idiot. Not all Ukrainians feel this way! We have idiots here at home too!”
Thanks, imaginary voice in our head, we’re well aware of that. There will always be subhuman, genocidal monsters in ANY country, no matter how righteous, who will celebrate other subhuman, genocidal monsters. We’re well aware of that, and we also agree that no nation should be judged, as a whole, on the basis of a minority of deranged subhuman, genocidal monsters living within their borders. Absolutely.
But there’s a distinct difference between a bunch of insane Nazi LARPers dressing up in hilariously inaccurate SS uniforms singing “Deutschland, Deutschland Uber Alles” in a town hall in Bumfuck Iowa and Congress sending out a tweet celebrating the birthday of Adolf Hitler, don’t you think?
Or don’t you, as a matter of principle, THINK at all?