The UN General Assembly was considering a resolution introduced by the Russian Federation to condemn the glorification of Nazism and two countries voted against it . . . Ukraine whose government is dominated by neo-Nazis and . . . the United States of America.
Yes, you heard it correctly, the USA, the bastion of freedom and democracy, refuses to condemn those who glorify Nazism.
But the US and Ukraine do not stand alone. The European Union, made up of countries that are willing to genuflect to the US, although it did not vote against the measure, chose to abstain.
The US lamely attempted to justify their opposition to the resolution using “free speech” as a rationale. After all, we must protect the rights of all people to express their views and ideas.
BULLSHIT!! Would the US protect the rights of countries to honor communism or socialism? Look at US history and we see time after time that any country moving toward socialism has been actively undermined by the US with very real involvement in coups and the overthrow of such governments.
There is Chile (1970–1973), Cuba (1959), Venezuela (2002), Russia (1918), Syria (1949), Iran (1953), Guatemala (1954), Democratic Republic of the Congo (1960–1965), South Vietnam (1963), Nicaragua (1981–1990), North Korea (2017).
The above list demonstrates clearly the US respect for “free speech” and “self-determination” throughout the world.
The US never had a problem with fascism. During the Hitler regime in Germany, many US businessmen continued to do business with Germany, supplying them with much needed materials to carry out their war.
At the end of WW2, the US was kind enough to provide refuge to thousands of former Nazis. This while considering going to war with the Soviet Union, a WW2 ally that lost over 20 million people in its fight against fascism. No matter how hard they try to distort history, to glorify Nazism-Fascism and vilify Socialism-Communism, the historical truth is one and only: The Soviet Red Army and the peoples’ antifascist resistance crushed Nazism in WW2.
In 2014, the US was instrumental in the overthrow of the government of democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovych favored continuing Ukraine’s relationship with Russia rather than join NATO. Good-bye Viktor!
Instead, the US helped install a government controlled by a new generation of Nazis. The U.S. orchestrated “transition,” as Obama characterized it, resulted in the appointment of fascists to key positions in the Kiev government and led to the current war in eastern Ukraine. As a result of US involvement, at least 5,000 people have died in the ensuing conflicts.
There are many examples of the US sabotaging socialist governments and helping to install fascist governments friendly to US capitalism. There is a mutual respect and understanding between fascism and capitalism.
The US position in the UN is easy to understand and predictable so let’s cut through the nonsense about freedom of speech.
Dave Alpert has masters degrees in social work, educational administration, and psychology. He spent his career working with troubled inner city adolescents.