The Only Thing I Can Write About Biden’s State Of The Union Address Is That It Lived Up To My Lowest Expectations.
In Essence Though . . . The Vast Majority Of Emails & Comments I Received Were Supportive Of My Opinions.
Some Writers Agreed with me in Principle, that What the Russians are Doing in Ukraine is Both Despicable & Criminal. Some would Like to See Real Retaliation Against the Russians for what the Russians are Doing Against the Ukrainian People, but Don’t want the World to Get Sucked-Into a World War.
And Some People Have Been Writing That Ukraine & Russia Are Like Two Scorpions In A Bottle.
One Editorialist Wrote an Interesting Historical Piece, which was Sent to me from a Friend in Montreal, which Very Much Caught my Attention.
The Editorialist Wrote About the Anti-Semitic & Genocidal History of Ukraine Over the Years, Culminating During WWII with the Slaughter of MORE Than 34,000-Jewish Men, Women & Children In 1941 at a Ukrainian Ravine just Outside Kiev Known as Babi Yar.
But The 34,000 Didn’t Scratch The Surface Of Ukrainian Jews Slaughtered.
It Wasn’t Just that the Jews Were Slaughtered at Babi Yar at the Behest of the Nazis . . . It was that the Slaughterers were Mostly Ukrainians, who Did the Slaughtering of Innocent Jews Up-Close & Personal with an Enthusiasm that Even Surpassed all Nazi Expectations. BUT THAT WAS THEN & THIS IS NOW!
What the Writer Failed to Mention in his Editorial, was that About 1.5-Million Ukrainian Jews Were Slaughtered Or Enslaved By The Nazis & Their Cohorts During the Holocaust – Both Inside & Outside of Ukraine in Nazi Death Camps, Which Brings To Mind The Total Number Of 1.5-Million Jewish Ukrainian People Slaughtered, Which was a Very Large Proportion of the Overall Ukrainian Population (5%), which Amounted to Slightly Less than 41-Million People at the Time of the Second World War.
While it is True, that there was no Shortage of Ukrainian Nazi Collaborators who Fought Either For or Alongside the Nazis; What is Also True, which the Writer Failed to Mention, was that About 6-Million Ukrainians Fought the Nazis Alongside the Russians – INCLUDING UKRAINIAN JEWS.
ALSO . . . What the Writer Ignored are the French Collaborators, the Dutch, the Polish, the Hungarians, the British Anti-Semites in Royalty & Government and a Huge Number of Other Nations & Leaders who also Collaborated with the Nazis, Passively or Actively.
You Can’t Point A Finger Of Guilt At One Group Of People & Ignore The Rest.
I Have No Doubt There Is Still A Substantial Number Of Anti-Semites In Ukraine . . . However, the Same Can be Said about the Middle East, Much of Moslem Africa & Asia, Most of Europe & Much of North & South America, including Canada and the USA . . .
So What Should We Jews Do In The Face Of The Genocide Of Others?
I Will Hate Their Parents Until The Day I Die . . . But How Can I Hate The Children For The Sins Of Their Parents?
As I’ve Written Recently . . . Over the Years, I’ve Made Many Friendships with People of Ukrainian Extraction from the Time when I was a Child, to Now as an Adult. And I Can Say the Same About German Progeny whom I Have Befriended of Parents who Fought on the Side of Germany During the War.
THE OTHER THING I READ . . . Was an Assault on Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Commitment to Being Jewish, Since in a Russian (Soviet Union) Controlled Communist Society, the Practice of Religion, Perhaps the Jewish Religion More than the Others was Forbidden.
However – At No Time Have I Heard Zelenskyy Ever Refute His Jewish Identity Or Jewish Ancestry.
It’s Interesting . . . The Christian Ukrainian Community had No Adverse Reaction to a Jew Running For the Presidency of Ukraine . . . It was the Jewish Community who were in Opposition to Zelenskyy Running . . . For Fear Of A Jew Raising The Specter Of Provoking Pogroms of Old.
And If Electing a Jewish President Isn’t Enough to Show A Graphic Lack of Endemic Anti-Semitism in Ukraine . . . How About the Election of Ukraine’s First Jewish Prime Minister, Volodymyr Groysman – Just Prior To The Election Of Zelenskyy?
It’s Unfair & Dishonest To Quote Some Of The History Without Quoting All Of It.
While it is True that Ukraine was and Probably Still is an Extremely Corrupt Nation, Who’s to Say that America Isn’t also an Extremely Corrupt Nation Given the Mega Millionaires in the US Congress and the Lobbyists who Play Fast & Loose with the Government? And how about an Election In The Year 2020 that would Make the Handlers of Election Results in any Tin-Pot Third World Country Blush.
Besides . . . Wasn’t Zelenskyy Elected To Clean-Up The Corruption? And Maybe That’s Why Ukraine Is Taking Such A Beating?
How Does Anti-Semitism Of 80-Years Ago & Corruption Of The Oligarchs Reflect This Abhorrent Terror Upon The People?
If We Do Nothing To Stop The Tyrannists . . . Where Are We Any Better Than Them?
We Can Cower in the Face of Vladimir Putin’s Threats & Tyranny, Like our Ancestors Did in the Face & Threats of Adolf Hitler . . . Or We Can Stand Now – While We Still Can & Still Win.
To Paraphrase The Old Fram Filter Ads . . . You Can Fight Me Now Or Fight Me Later. But Eventually Fight Me You Will.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov