Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Putin almost says sorry


Wielun, where the Luftwaffe 70 years ago
killed 1000 civilians in a portent
of what was to come.

Good article in the Times about the commemorations in Poland today marking the outbreak of the second world war. Well the commemoration is today if you're Polish, Friday if you're British or French. Americans can wait until December 2011. However if you're Chinese your seventieth commemorations should have started on September 18 2001. Anyway back to the Times, it seems in a relativist sort of way Putin has come close to apologising for the Soviet treatment of Poland and in particular the Soviet/Nazi pact of 1939 that set the stage for world war two. It's hardly surprising the Poles are not too keen on Vladimir's obfuscations. Whilst it has to be borne in mind that the Soviet Union was overwhelmingly responsible for the Nazi defeat, for those areas liberated by the USSR in '45 all it meant was Soviet and not Nazi tyranny. Still I shall not go on, I would just like to express my sympathies for all those who suffered as a consequence of this conflict. Also my admiration for those who fought to defeat Nazi terror.

9 comments:

Young Activist said...

Are you still interested in debating the Iraq invasion?

Young Activist said...

Quick question, am I a dingbat or a socialist?

Paul said...

Hi there, been away from this blog for too long. Simple answer is both probably. In all fairness though, I do respect your contributions. The dingbat section on my blogroll includes people who have provided unqualified support for Marxism and the Cuban regime. I need to revise my blogroll and perhaps move some people from that category.

Young Activist said...

I've also always enjoyed debating you, you appear less fanatical and more open to reasoning than others with your positions. I'm looking forward to your response to my comments on Iraq.

However, you've left me wondering where I have provided unqualified support for any position, or any support for Marxism and the Cuban government.

Paul said...

You have not hence why you are not listed on my soon to be revised blogroll under dingbat. I hope to answer your Iraq comments soon enough. Problem is work.

Young Activist said...

But then why am I both a dingbat and a socialist, even if I am not listed as such in your links section?

Paul said...

It's only banter YA calm down!

Young Activist said...

An anarchist to some and an authoritarian to others, it seems I'll never be able to escape the radical label.

Maybe you should take your questions about Islam here:
http://next-world-war.blogspot.com/

Paul said...

'An anarchist to some and an authoritarian to others, it seems I'll never be able to escape the radical label.'

Indeed and in need of a social life to most I'd wager! Either way I have checked out that website. It is another source although it lacks the substance of Irshad Manji, Ayan Hirsi Ali, Ed Hussein and others.