Russia once fought and defeated Nazis in Eastern Europe. Today she is fighting them again

John Wight
5 min readMay 27
Members of the infamous Azov Regiment

“Therefore learn how to see and not to gape. To act instead of talking all day long.
The world was almost won by such an ape!
The nations put him where his kind belong.
But don’t rejoice too soon at your escape -
The womb he crawled from is still going strong.”

― Bertolt Brecht, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

At one time it was axiomatic in the West that post-World War II the Nazi swastika would forever remain a symbol of pristine barbarism and evil, and that wherever and whenever it appeared it would become the solemn duty of all right-thinking people to take a stand against it.

This, so the thinking went, was something we were obliged to do both out of respect for the millions slaughtered and murdered in the name of this bestial symbol in the past, and to ensure that nothing like the slaughter unleashed in Europe in the name of the heinous ideology the swastika represents could ever happen again.

In 2023 this settled view of the swastika and all it represents has in the West been egregiously lost to geopolitical and geostrategic expediency, confirming that history is no longer as the great Irish thinker Edmund Burke stated in the 18th century, ‘a pact between the dead, the living and the yet unborn’, but is today instead a pact between dead, the living, and rank opportunism.

The conflict in Ukraine did not begin on February 24 2022 with the start of Putin’s so-called ‘special military operation’, as Western ideologues would have us believe. It began in 2014 with the Maidan coup against the country’s then democratically-elected government in Kiev, leading inexorably to an uprising against the pro-West alternative installed in its place by pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass with Moscow’s support.

John Wight

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