by G. Murphy Donovan (October 2023)
Pillars of Society, George Grosz, 1926
“… As long as it (Ukraine war) takes.” —Joe Robinette Biden
There was a moment in the Canadian parliament the other day that defined NATO—and the feckless surrogate war in Ukraine; a war, incidentally, that actually targets Russia if the truth be told.
Never mind the ATACMs, the drones, and the F-16s that will be able to strike deep into the Russian Federation. Never mind NATO’s sabotage of those Nord Stream pipelines to Western Europe. Never mind the billions poured into the great Ukrainian Spring offensive that never happened.
Never mind that Kiev’s defense ministry might be more corrupt than our Beltway bandits or the Pentagon. And never mind the nuclear hazards of 29 European states poking Rodina with a sharp stick of contempt for the last 75 years.
Only Hungary is a notable common sense exception.
Never mind all of that and consider that Yaroslav Hunka, proud Canadian “hero” originally from Ukraine, got a standing ovation from Justin Trudeau and the entire Canadian parliament. Zelensky even threw in a fist salute to his “hero,” the Ukraine version of seig heil. Yes, that all happened in 2023.
Volodymyr Zelensky was dialing for dollars for the third time in the Americas.
So let’s review the bidding on who the Israeli media, in contrast to the legacy Canadian and American press, has labeled “Zelensky’s Nazi.”
Yaroslav Hunka was a volunteer in Heinrich Himmler’s 14th Waffen SS Division (Schutzstaffel). According to Nuremberg trial records, the mission of “SS Galichina” was:
“ … the persecution and extermination of the Jews, brutalities and killings in concentration camps, excesses in the administration of occupied territories, the administration of the slave labor program, and the mistreatment and murder of prisoners.”
Seventy years hence, apologists for German Nazis insist that SS Ukrainian volunteers were “nationalist” patriots fighting Russians. In fact, the SS was, in the first instance, Hitler’s body guard.
The SS evolved into a national police, similar to the American FBI, responsible for internal security in Germany proper and occupied countries. SS units were seldom used at the front for any reason, anywhere. Jew hunting and eradication was probably the most important and heinous role given by Hitler and Himmler to the Schutzstaffle.
Other Ukrainian “volunteers,” including Muslims, participated in the hunt for and execution of Jews.
“In January 1942, a company of Tatar volunteers was established in Simferopol under the command of Einsatzgruppe 11. This company participated in anti-Jewish manhunts and murder actions in the rural regions.”
According to The Simon Wiesenthal Center (in January 2011), “Ukraine has, to the best of our knowledge, never conducted a single investigation of a local Nazi war criminal, let alone prosecuted a Holocaust perpetrator.”
False claims about SS roles and missions were debunked at Nuremberg, yet they persist today with the lionization of Stepan Bandera, another Jew hunter/killer hero, still celebrated in Kiev today with parades, statues, and annual festivities.
And so it goes ad nauseam. Thus today in Washington, Toronto, and Brussels; you can still be forgiven for exterminating Jews yesterday as long as you are willing to kill Russians today.
Russophobia, as our former DNI, General James Clapper, will tell you over at CNN, trumps the holocaust, anti-Semitism, and any semblance of justice for Jews in Europe or the Americas.
If “never forget” is the anthem of Israel and the Diaspora; “rather not remember” has always been the realpolitik response from the US and the EU – NATO in particular.
All of which, in many respects, represents a natural evolution of a 75 year propaganda and Cold War against Russia that is leveling Ukraine whilst enriching American military contractors and the Zelensky nomenclatura in Kiev. And clearly, Joe Biden believes that the Ukraine war horse will carry him to another term in office.
Win/win/win; indeed, a trifecta?
G. Murphy Donovan about the politics of Intelligence and national security.
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