2 thoughts on “Poet Attila the Stockbroker on German carnival and Ukraine

  1. Uri Avnery

    As we learned in school, at every turn of Ukrainian history, the Jews were slaughtered. The names of most Ukrainian folk-heroes, leaders and rebels who are revered in their homeland are, in Jewish consciousness, connected with awful pogroms.

    Cossack Hetman (leader) Bohdan Khmelnytsky, who liberated Ukraine from the Polish yoke, and who is considered by Ukrainians as the father of their nation, was one of the worst mass-murderers in Jewish history. Symon Petliura, who led the Ukrainian war against the Bolsheviks after World War I, was assassinated by a Jewish avenger.

    Some elderly Jewish immigrants in Israel must find it hard to decide whom to hate more, the Ukrainians or the Russians (or the Poles, for that matter.)

    PEOPLE AROUND the world find it also hard to choose sides.

    The usual Cold-War zealots have it easy – they either hate the Americans or the Russians, out of habit.

    As for me, the more I try to study the situation, the more unsure I become. This is not a black-or-white situation.

    The first sympathy goes to the Maidan rebels. (Maidan is an Arab word meaning town square. Curious how it travelled to Kiev. Probably via Istanbul.)

    They want to join the West, enjoy independence and democracy. What’s wrong with that?

    Nothing, except that they have dubious bedfellows. Neo-Nazis in their copycat Nazi uniforms, giving the Hitler salute and mouthing anti-Semitic slogans, are not very attractive. The encouragement they receive from Western allies, including the odious neocons, is off-putting.

    On the other side, Vladimir Putin is also not very prepossessing.

    http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1394214313/

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