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Issue #1683      May 6, 2015

Culture & Life

Neo-Nazis, Trident and ancient gods

The rehabilitation and glorification of Wartime Nazis and Nazi collaborators grows apace. Previously most prominent in the Baltic states and Hungary, its latest manifestation is in that hotbed of revived Fascism, Ukraine.

Ukraine Fascism.

The country’s NATO-backed parliament, the Rada, has passed a law recognising the collaborationist Nazi puppet force, the so-called “Ukrainian Insurgent Army” (UPA) as fighters for independence! The UPA, like all the other puppet armies the Nazis set up in the countries they occupied, was made up of pro-fascist elements who thought that by joining with the Hitlerites they would be on the winning side, and would share in the spoils. They were particularly hostile on those of their own people who dared to fight the Nazis, so they were used as concentration camp guards and for punitive actions against the anti-fascist Partisans.

The UPA’s Ukrainian Nazis were responsible for killing between 100,000 and 130,000 Polish civilians and from 5,000 to 10,000 Ukrainian civilians in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia, but in an extraordinary slap in the face, the neo-fascist regime in Kiev passed the new law only hours after Poland’s President, Bronislaw Komorowski, had visited the Rada and called for reconciliation between the Polish and Ukrainian people.

Under the new law, anyone raising questions about the criminal nature of the UPA and its involvement in genocide can be punished. And these are the people Obama and West European leaders laud as champions of democracy!

Saudi Arabia’s attempt to rope Pakistan into the Saudi kingdom’s proxy war with Iran in Yemen has been rebuffed by Pakistan’s parliament, which voted to stay neutral on the issue. The Saudis, who are backed behind the scenes by the US, had formally requested that Pakistan provide fighter jets, warships and ground troops. However, senior political leaders in Pakistan point out that the country lost nearly 50,000 people and US$100 billion by joining the US-led invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan, (and still suffers from US deadly drone strikes). It cannot afford to take part in another US-sponsored war. Pakistani forces have now cleared most of their tribal areas of the Taliban and other militant groups, but they are still battling armed groups in North Waziristan and Khyber tribal regions.

Protests erupted all over austerity-plagued Britain when the government decided to renew its nuclear weapons capability by replacing its existing fleet of Vanguard nuclear submarines with four new carriers for the country’s Trident nuclear missile system. Each Vanguard is capable of carrying 16 Trident ballistic missiles, with eight thermonuclear warheads on each missile.

The renewal will cost about £100 billion and, in an age of near-constant conventional warfare and proxy wars, the obvious absence of any nuclear threat to Britain has made this colossal expenditure on weapons of mass destruction at a time of austerity and enforced national belt-tightening (by everyone except the rich) too much for people to swallow.

In early April, around 8,000 peace campaigners marched through the centre of Glasgow to demand the scrapping of Trident altogether. The march was organised by the Scrap Trident Coalition, which includes Scottish CND, Stop the War, Trident Ploughshares and a number of other organisations.

In a TV interview that did not help the government’s case, former UN chief weapons inspector Dr Hans Blix declared that “from a peace and security” perspective the plan to spend billions to replace Trident was “a completely pointless exercise”.

Not that that has ever stopped the arms industry before, of course.

Meanwhile, in early April, one of Britain’s nuclear submarines suffered around £500,000 of damage while tracking Russian vessels in the North Sea. British defence officials said the vessel had struck “a patch of floating ice” and denied that it had struck the Russian submarine it was tracking.

Russian social media commented: “The HMS Talent suffered damage to its tower in a collision with a patch of ice. The commander of the ‘patch of ice’ and her crew have been awarded.”

All joking aside, the incident should remind us that the West is actively engaged in war preparations. This is no “Cold War” but part of building a hot war. With the aid of their Saudi and Turkish allies, US undercover forces initially and now the US Air Force as well unsuccessfully sought to overthrow the regime of President Assad in Syria in order to seize Russia’s Mediterranean naval base. After the failure of that venture (although they’re still trying), NATO moved to install a pro-western government in Ukraine, on Russia’s border and straddling its pipeline routes for delivering oil and gas to Western Europe.

It did not escape Western notice, of course, that also located in Ukraine are Russia’s Black Sea naval bases. The people of Crimea thwarted that scheme by voting overwhelmingly for reunification with Russia. An act which has really got up imperialism’s nose.

The destruction by the Islamic State fanatics of the ancient city of Nimrud has outraged the civilised world. The Assyrian city was already ancient when Alexander the Great passed by and the Roman Empire was still in the planning stages. Nimrud’s unique archaeological treasures belong to the whole of humanity, and their wanton destruction is a crime against humanity.

As Pravda.Ru observes, “How can statues from ancient times, which were built before Islam existed – thousands of years before Islam existed – be considered as idolatrous?” Logic however has never been the strong suit of religious fanatics, whose simplistic beliefs thrive on ignorance and the hatreds bread by poverty.

In March, authorities in the Czech Republic took their population to task for throwing tomatoes and eggs at convoys of US troops and heavy weapons rumbling through their cities. Coming on to the street with such potential missiles would constitute disorderly conduct and render the perpetrators liable to a penalty of up to three years, people were told.

The ability of the US military to arouse antagonism wherever it is stationed is now a matter of record. It probably has something to do with the function of the military in US foreign policy.

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