Victory’s Test of Time
By Finian Cunningham
May 09, 2021 "Information
Clearing House" -
- The Russian people have
every right to proudly proclaim victory over
Nazi Germany and fascism in Europe. Every
year, celebrations of Victory Day remain as
vibrant as ever. And for good reason.
This weekend marks the 76th anniversary of the
Nazi defeat on May 9, 1945. Victory parades are
held all across Russia with the most splendid
display of honor in Moscow’s Red Square.
What is rather telling is how commemorations
in the United States and Britain have become
relatively dimmed over time. Every year
there seems to be less importance given to
the anniversary. Why is that? In Western
news media, there are even reminder articles
about the history of Victory Day and why
events are held to mark the occasion.
The contrast with the vibrant and dedicated
celebrations in Russia is down to one main fact:
it was the Russian people and the Soviet Red
Army that were the main victors over the Nazi
regime. It is crucial to reiterate that and to
never lose sight of the historical truth because
Western politicians and media would have us
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The Soviet Union’s allies during World War
II, the US and Britain, played a role in
Nazi Germany, but that role was secondary in
the achievement. Put in another way:
essentially, the defeat of the Third Reich would
not have happened without the Red Army hammering
the eastern front all the way to Hitler’s Berlin
bunker. Whereas the Western allies were more
auxiliary in the victory.
It was the Hammer and Sickle that flew over
the smoldering Reich Chancellery not the
Stars and Stripes nor the Union Jack.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Grebnev
The Banner of Victory on the Reichstag
building in Berlin, May 1, 1945.
In short, it was the Soviet people who
liberated Europe from Nazi tyranny and fascism.
It was the Soviet people who largely brought an
end to the infernal death camps.