Watching rashism and those who mimicry in Europe

Maria Karmazina

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There is nothing new in Russia. From century to century it is walking in circles, having the same troubles with the infinite transformation of the “Russian” empire into “soviet”, from “soviet” into “Russian federation”, from “federation” into “soviet union”. The same (endless permafrost, swamps, radioactive landfills, lack of roads, abandoned lands, and lagging economy) uninhabitability of the country and poverty of the people, the cure to which, according to the authoritarian regime, is the endless generation of subduing ideals (“we are the richest country”, “everybody wants to conquer us and take away our riches”) and desires for the weak-willed masses: if not Afghanistan, then Georgia; why not Ukraine? And after that Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, more and more, all the way to Berlin! And from there, La Manche in three days! The same Moskow-Petersburg parasitic elite that monopolized the “right to income” from the natural resources, from everything that provides the joy of life. Yet another old and sick, but irreplaceable “chieftain”, watching who makes you wonder if it is really him, if it’s really Putin? Is he really still alive? The same imperial ideology trap for the masses, filled with anti-democracy, anti-westernism, jude, polono, and ukrainophobia (and many other phobias), that paralyzes the mind, promising imperial glory and domination over others.

This promise (as always) satisfies the bearers of the “Russian culture” and “Russian world”: they (as their ancestors) on a genetic level don’t desire anything else (liberty, rights, or wealth).

Russian fascists, invented by Russian orthodoxy and Russian culture, destroy us with animal cruelty and pleasure.

Citizens of Bucha, Kyiv region, killed by Russian occupiers. Photo from https://zmist.direct/2022/04/04/vulyczi-vsiyani-tilamy-u-buchi-v-bratskij-mogyli-pohovaly-280-lyudej-mer-fedoruk-fotoreportazh-18/
The aftermath of a Russian artillery attack on a Kharkiv neighborhood. Image from https://zona.media/article/2022/03/01/harkov

Europe, as reported by western mass media, is getting weary of the news about the war, and slowly becoming indifferent to the evil that is trying to prevail on its doorstep. After all, Europe is not (for now) getting raped – not its girls and women, not its babies, grandmothers, and grandfathers; there are no ears and genitals getting cut there, no skin peeled off, no cut fingers, hands, legs, and heads, and it is not German (Italian, French, Danish, Norwegian and other) parents who are being killed before the eyes of their little children (by shots to the back of the head, to the ear, to the face), with hands tied behind their backs.

You won’t see crying toddlers, tied to their already killed mothers, on the European city-squares, toddlers who cannot be saved, for anyone brave enough will be killed together with the doomed child by a grenade, hidden in its diapers.

Ukrainians are getting tortured by starvation. Ukrainians are kidnapped and deported.

In the 21st century, in East Europe, hospitals, maternity homes, schools, theaters, and libraries are being bombarded for more than a hundred days, and the population is being driven away from the places where Ukrainians lived.

The terrorist state is blackmailing the world with nuclear and chemical weapons.

“The second army in the world” is marauding and sending tens of tons of loot from Ukraine into the “bear corners” that lie everywhere farther than 100 km from the capital: from phones, pans, cutlery, and dinner sets to underwear, fur coats, refrigerators, tents, automobiles, tractors, and even toilets, which are, for Putin’s subjects (who are, as they themselves say, more accustomed to the “hole in the floor” toilets), a highly valued treasure. For an ordinary Russian soldier, to rob Ukraine means to partake of civilization.

Russian soldiers are looting the houses in the temporarily occupied Ukrainian towns, and are documenting their crimes by recording many videos of their “heroic” actions. Image from https://news.obozrevatel.com/ukr/society/rosijski-okupanti-v-ukraini-maroderyat-i-vidbirayut-izhu-u-ditej-yak-zganbilasya-druga-u-sviti-armiya.htm

But we never believed (and probably never will) that Russia is capable of producing a modern civilization. Their barbarity is medieval. What is impossible to steal and take with them they destroy with bullets, tank tracks, axes, and fire. By destroying synagogues, orthodox churches, Muslim shrines, and museums – this is how the orcs partake of the “divine and beautiful”.

The terrorist state kidnaps Ukrainian children. Some are illegally adopted, and others are sent to orphanages, where they are doomed to forget their family, their motherland, and to become Russian janissaries in the future, ready to kill and steal to survive.

The empire is trying to rejuvenate itself and increase the number of white slavs in the population (in the middle of a demographic crisis) on one hand and seeks to deprive the Ukrainian nation of its young generations on the other. From those who they are not able to kill or kidnap, the Russian “heroes” steal grain. Stalin did the same in 1932-33, by orchestrating Holodomor in Ukraine. Sometime later Hitler stated that he “needed Ukraine so that we won’t starve ever again”. Now, this is once again being done by Putin’s horde – after all, starving Ukrainians is a part of the Russian worldview and Russian “values”. Only today we see the starvation practices being spread to the millions of people all over the world, in Africa and Asia, and to send those starving millions to Europe. To show Europe who is the “dominant geopolitical player” on this planet.

Do you really believe that the UN bureaucrats actually care about all of this? The UN, like many other international organizations (including WHO and ICRC), have proven its moral degradation many times after February 24. Does the world need these moral bankruptcies, these “financial harbors” for the numerous bureaucrats that have already released themselves from all the civilized norms? The bureaucrat will defend them, of course, and will reanimate them if needed, and soon (let’s observe) will start to galvanize these “international structures” that are life-giving to him.

Fascism, Nazism, Stalinism, combined with misanthropic practices – this is what rashism is. Under the Putin’s deadly “omophorion” (covered with sinister Z’s and V’s) are not only “combat buryats” (whose bodies the “second army in the world” left behind, and who died in Ukraine in the highest numbers) or “Kadyrovtsi”, but Belorussian pilots and a cavalcade of mercenaries as well, all gathered by the billions that Europe pays Russia for gas!

Rashism is a hybrid of evil (in all its forms), that feeds on the greed of some, and the fear and pain of others.

So, Europe is facing challenges both new and old. The old ones – from the East, as are the challenges of the hybrid modernity. They are threatening the imposing European elites with the loss of peace and profit, their established way of life. In these circumstances, a part of Europe (that which was not able to avoid being corrupted by Russians, or opened their minds too far to the Russian propaganda) does not care about the Ukrainian blood that is being spilled on Europe’s doorstep. Unless it is used as a background for a “tragic selfie”, as the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy once noted. And more and more of our blood is being spilled. But Europe is once again demonstrating “different speeds” of thought, as well as reactions to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The specificity of European thought creates new geopolitical and socio-economic fault lines. The selfish part of Europe proposes Ukraine if not the completely rotten “Steinmeier formula”, then a modern version of “Finlandization”. And the ones “trapped” by Putin’s blackmail or his money (Schroder and the other “highly placed” and “influential” people, like the former US senator Robert Black, Italian general Tricarico, or the disinformation experts from the French Center for Intelligentes Research) are actively trying to “save the Russian dictator’s face”, peddle Russian propaganda, or propose to gift Ukrainian sovereign territories to Putin. All the talk about their allegiance to democratic values is just empty talk for cameras.

European elites have a short memory. Europe is strong when it comes to talking about values, but not as strong when it comes to actions. They look at Ukraine with cynicism and contempt. NATO plays with “standards” and debilitates itself with the unanimity principle; the “Germano-French” EU (with a taste of Orban’s Hungary that does not want to remember the year 1956) is trading in promises and looks back at Russia. It tolerates the new rashist crimes (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, crimes against peace). Germany is relinquishing all its responsibility toward Ukraine. The same responsibility, which Timothy Snyder talked about in Berlin 5 years ago. The same responsibility that will not allow the creation of a new “hunger plan” by a modern Herbert Backe, or a new “Generalplan ost”, that will make impossible the another “final solution”. This time – for Ukrainians. And, in some way, again for Jews, since, at the beginning of March, people who were honoring those killed by German Nazis in Babyn Yar were killed by a Russian missile.

A piece of the missile that hit Babyn Yar. Image from https://espreso.tv/nekhay-vt-tsyu-vishku-sbu-zatrimala-prichetnogo-do-obstrilu-televezhi-v-kievi-zradnika

There are, obviously (as demonstrated by Merkel) two types of German responsibility: profitable and unprofitable. So, people who are inquisitive like us are curious: how sincere is Germany, when it talks about its desires to shed its Nazi past? Does it want to shed it fully, or partially? What is the German distance between “never again” and “we can do it again”? Do it again now, as they did it in 1938, together with Putin’s Russia, but with the help of hybrid approaches and methods? Does Germany truly want to give Ukrainians weapons to fight rashists, or does it pretend to do so?

Thankfully,  there are those in Europe, who don’t have any memory issues. Poles remember. They did not forget how they were partitioned and destroyed. Czechs do not forget, as they remember their 1968. Baltic states do not forget.

And the world war is gaining momentum: after the Tuzla Island conflict (2003) there was Putin’s Munich speech (2007), and immediately after that – Georgia (2008). Then, the Russian Army (somewhat trained by NATO) annexed Crimea, a part of the Ukrainian Donbas, and, finally, invaded Ukraine full-scale. So, in the spring of 2022, some countries actively support Ukraine, others – directly or indirectly support Russia, and others watch from the sidelines. Meanwhile, in some countries, people gather in support of Ukraine, transfer money to the AFU, gather humanitarian aid, host Ukrainian refugees, and have the ability to see the war crimes committed by rashists. This tells us one thing: wherever you might live, you can “join” the war. The notion of space and distance has changed.

The war is spreading, becoming globalized. The concept of the presence of the enemy is rethought: in the globalized world, Europe’s enemy will always be close. As time will pass, as everything calms down, historians and politicians will try to rethink this period, choose precise terms, find the measure to properly determine the characteristics of this war, and find out its causes, sources, and consequences. However, we can talk about some of the consequences today: the Ukrainian nation is capable of self-organization on a democratic basis (something that Russians, with all their hatred toward everything self-sufficient and democratic, were never able to do, and never will be); the experience Ukrainians gained (military, diplomatic, historic and political), the experience of Ukrainian leadership will, in time, be studied not just by Russians, but by any who, understanding the Ukrainian potential, will build the new European security system (not just against the enemy that is near, but also against the enemy who is, for now, far away) together with Ukraine. And, maybe, the future European horizons will look more optimistic – without authoritarian practices, refuge streams, starvation, trepidations about gas, and without those who prophecize apocalyptic scenarios for the present. We will see…

    Author: Maryia Karmazina, lead Ukrainian political scientist, Doctor of Philosophy, Candidate of Historical Sciences , professor , an honored figure of Science and Technology Of Ukraine (2010); specialist in modern political processes in Ukraine and the world.

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