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A Trotskyite Gets It Right for Once

The Trots are split on the Ukraine question. Quite a few of them are supporting US imperialism and backing the neo-Nazis in the Ukrainian government. Others urge support for Russia and the eastern separatists. Yet more seem to be saying that neither side should be supported. This last is similar to their line in WW2 – Trotsky held that WW2 was simply a battle of one group of capitalists (the Allies) against another group of capitalists (the Axis). He also also continued to advocate the overthrow of the USSR regime even when it was clearly under threat from the Axis. Thankfully, one of Stalin’s secret agents killed this traitor in Mexico City. Never was an icepick put to better use!

Every now and again, a Trot gets it right:

Imperialism is not just a rude word for US foreign policy.

But he follows it with typical Trot nuttiness:

It is a global system of which Moscow is as much a part as Washington.

Um, nope. Russia is not an imperialist country, and it is not part of the US imperial project.

Then he revisits it with a reprise of Trotsky’s fence-sitting in the early days of the war:

Or should we have taken sides in the Valentine’s Day massacre and supported the North Side gang against Al Capone in the name of a multi-centric underworld?

But this line was a stroke of genius. I will bold it below just to highlight how important it is to realize this:

Imperialism is not just a rude word for US foreign policy.

Oh yeah! Nail, meet hammer.

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A New Nation Is Born

The official page of the new country is here.

Today, on May 11, 2014, a new nation has been formed in Europe – People’s Republic of Donetsk. The results of a referendum on whether or not the Donetsk region should be part of the Ukraine or should secede from the Ukraine are now in. 89% of voters voted to declare independence from the Ukraine and 10% voted to remain a part of the Ukraine. 1% spoiled their ballots. Turnout was high at 75%. The results lined up very well with an opinion poll taken by several US news organizations the day before which showed that 96% of those planning to vote supported independence.

Ukrainian media said that they capture several “terrorists” in a truck in the region. The Ukrainian forces said that they found 1 million ballots premarked “yes.” Pro-independence forces denounced this as a false flag operation. Ukrainian media also said that they had tapped a phone call between one of the independence leaders and the head of a Russian neo-Nazi organization in which they independence leaders said that he planned to falsify the results in favor of independence and that he had talked to Putin about this. Pro-independence forces said that the phone call never occurred and was made up by Ukrainian media.

Ukrainian media and government has run a very large number of lies during this whole series of events and at any rate, the results line up well with opinion polls.

Soon after the results were announced, the new government said that they would set up their own military and would proceed with what they called an amicable divorce from the Ukrainian state. They also said that they were switching currency from the Ukrainian hryvna to the Russian ruble. The region is heavily industrial and has deep economic ties with Russia. Much of Russia’s raw iron and sheet metal is produced in plants in this region. There are also large coal mines in the Donbass area.

The West condemned the new elections as phony and said that no government would recognized them. It remains to be seen how Russia will react to the declaration of independence. Hopefully they will recognize the new country!

Elections were also ongoing in Lugansk while this post was being written. Turnout is high, but no results are in yet.

The Kharkiv region postponed their independence referendum scheduled for the same day as they said they were not ready to hold the elections yet.

Donetsk is definitely now an independent country in the eyes of its leaders. Whether they will remain an independent nation or ask to be annexed to Russia in the future is not known.

Three other regions of the former USSR are in the same boat. South Ossetia and Abkhazia have declared independence from Georgia after violent rebellions. Russian troops are now placed in both new countries. Both South Ossetia and Abkhazia have offered suggestions that they may wish to annex themselves to Russia in the future.

Eastern Ukraine has never really been a part of anything called the Ukraine. It has always been a part of Russia, called Novorussiya, ever since Russia conquered the region in 1750. It remained a part of Russia after the Bolshevik revolution and was only attached to the Western Ukraine (the Ukrainian SSR) in 1924. It is really just a part of Russia and it has no business being in the Ukraine.

The true Ukrainian state is Western Ukraine from Kiev to the West,  especially Galicia, Volhynia, and Bukovina. Bukovina used to be a part of Romania and Galicia and Volhynia were first a part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. During WW2, the pro-Nazi Banderist Ukrainian nationalists ethnically cleansed most of the Poles out of the region, murdering 100,000 of them in the process.

However, the region of Transcarpathia where the Rusyns live has never really been a part of the real Ukraine and they want no part of this new state. This region recently declared their independence from the Ukraine. Transcarpathia is home to Rusyns, a separate people who speak a language closely related to but separate from Ukrainian. Other groups of Rusyns live in Slovakia and Poland. The ones in Poland are called Lemkos.

All hail the People’s Republic of Donetsk!

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Girls of the Red Army!

From here.

Whoa! A lot of those chicks are pretty fuckable, no?

It is amazing how many Soviet women served on the front lines, either piloting combat aircraft of as ground troops, often snipers. Was there a general call-up of women, or did they all just volunteer?

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May 8, 1945 – May 8, 2014

Warning: NSFW! Contains gruesome and disturbing footage from the final days of WW2.

On May 8, 1945, the Soviet flag was hoisted above the burning city of Berlin. The war with Germany was over.

One of the most famous photos of WW2. Simply breathtaking. Of course, here in the US, we scarcely know of it as the similar Iwo Jima photo has supplanted it.

One of the most famous photos of WW2. Simply breathtaking. Of course, here in the US, we scarcely know of it as the similar Iwo Jima photo has supplanted it.

But not long before, one of the worst battles of the 20th Century was in full swing.

Incredible photo. Soviet soldiers race down a Berlin street in flames.

Incredible photo. Soviet soldiers, apparently under fire, race down a Berlin street in flames.

And soon after:

Truly amazing photo, purportedly of a dead Hitler. This photo was found many times in recently opened Soviet archives, suggesting it was Soviet propaganda and may not even be real.

Truly amazing photo, purportedly of a dead Hitler. This photo was found many times in recently opened Soviet archives, suggesting it was Soviet propaganda and may not even be real.

Surreal scenes:

A German couple strolls past a burning building. Bizarre scenes like this were common at this time and place.

A German couple strolls past a burning building. Bizarre scenes like this were common at this time and place.

The wounded and the dead of the vanquished.

The wounded:

Vast throngs of wounded German soldiers crowd the streets as nurses attend to them.

Vast throngs of wounded German soldiers crowd the streets as nurses attend to them.

And the dead:

There were many suicides in the period right after the fall. Many of them were German women. They were terrified of the soldiers and the possibility that they might be homeless for the first time in their lives.

There were many German suicides in the period right after the fall. Many of them were German women. They were terrified of the soldiers and the possibility that they might be homeless for the first time in their lives.

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Elena Vaenga, “The Sacred War”

Elena Vaenga is a very famous Russian singer. She often performs in full Red Army uniform and sings patriotic songs. Her performances are packed. There are Russian soldiers in uniform in the background. And yes, Russian uniforms still have the red star on them. Look at the expressions in that crowd. These Ukrainian fascist idiots have no idea what they have gotten themselves into. Don’t mess with the Red Army!

Obviously this song is about WW2, or as it is known in Russia, The Great Patriotic War.

The huge country is rising
Is rising for the deathly battle
Against the dark fascist force
Against their cursed hordes

Refrain:
Let our noble wrath
Seethe like waves
The national war is going
The Sacred War

Will resist the oppressors
Of right notions (ideas)
Rapists, bandits
People’s tormentors

Refrain:
Let our noble wrath
Seethe like waves
The national war is going
The Sacred War

Don’t their black wings dare
Fly over our Motherland
Don’t the ennemy dare tread
Our immense fields

Refrain:
Let our noble wrath
Seethe like waves
The national war is going
The Sacred War

Let us put a bullet into the brow
Of the rotten fascist vermin
Let us make a strong coffin
For such breed

Refrain:
Let our noble wrath
Seethe like waves
The national war is going
The Sacred War

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Great Moments in History

Citizens and Citizenesses of the Soviet Union! Today, at four o’clock in the morning, without addressing any grievances to the Soviet Union, without declaration of war, German forces fell on our country, attacked our frontiers in many places and bombed our cities…an act of treachery unprecedented in the history of civilized nations…The Red Army and the whole nation will wage a victorious Patriotic War for our beloved country, for honour, for liberty…Our cause is just. The enemy will be beaten. Victory will be ours.

– Molotov, 22 June 1941 at the outset of Operation Barbarossa

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The Sad Story of the Ukrainians and the Jews

The Ukrainian people have a deep and profound hatred of Jews stemming at least back to 1932 and possibly to centuries of conflict in the Pale. Although things were good for Ukrainian Jews in the USSR, after 1990, things started getting ugly again.

Aside from the hatred possibly stemming from centuries of ethnic conflict in the Pale, modern Ukrainian anti-Semitism seems to stem from 1932. In that year, there was a fake “terror famine” called the Holodomor. In truth, the Holodomor never even happened. Instead of a terror famine, there was just a famine. In one year the harvest simply collapsed.

Part of the reason for the famine was caused by Ukrainians and other kulaks who killed half of the livestock in the USSR. They also destroyed most of the wheat crop in the Ukraine by setting it on fire and piling it in the fields until rain spoiled the crops.

The Ukrainians armed themselves to the teeth and formed contra armies that ranged across the Ukraine. At the height of conflict, there were 40+ armed contra attacks a day taking place in the Ukraine. They attacked and assassinated government officials and they assaulted the new collective farms. When they attacked the farms, they killed all the livestock and destroyed any harvested or growing crops, usually by setting them on fire. They burned down buildings on the collective farms. Of the workers on the collective farms, the males were typically lined up and executed and the female workers were raped.

Stalin responded by sending in a heavily armed secret police force to deal with the contras. The conflict was very ugly. In the course of the anti-kulak campaign, 390,000 Ukrainians were killed. How they were killed is not known. Some may have been killed in warfare, but many others may have been lined up and shot. Many Ukrainians were deported to Siberia, but for whatever reason, there was not enough food on the trains and many died en route. There were huge gangs of murderers on both sides and it was a vicious time.

Since the Ukrainians had been killing so many livestock and destroying so many crops, the secret police invaded Ukraine to prevent the destruction of more animals and crops. No chances were taken with letting the Ukrainians destroy crops and the wheat crop was simply confiscated as soon as it was harvested.

In 1932, at some point in this horrible mess, the wheat harvest simply collapsed. There was a famine harvest; the harvest was only 50% of normal. There was famine all over the USSR. Some died of hunger, but most died of disease when they were weakened by hunger. Many Ukrainians died of hunger-related conditions. However, the famine was not intentional or a “murder famine” – instead, there was simply not enough food.

People died of hunger related illnesses all over the USSR. In the Volga next to the Ukraine, the death rate was the same as it was in the Ukraine. These people were ethnic Russians who loved Stalin, and they died at the same rate as the Ukrainians. This proves that there was no terror famine targeting the Ukrainians. 1 million died in Siberia. Were these people part of the terror famine too? If so, why were they targeted? It makes no sense. People died in the cities, and quite a few died in Moscow. Did the terror famine target residents of Moscow also? The death rate was high in the Ukraine and in the Lower Volga because that was where the crop failure was worst.

Because the Ukrainians were setting their crops on fire and leaving them out in the rain to spoil and killing livestock, Stalin sent his secret police in to the area to secure it. The crop was confiscated and then provisions were sent back to the area from Moscow. The argument is that the Soviets stole the crop and then would not give the Ukrainians any. However, this argument does not hold up as the requisitioning of the crop from Moscow was the same as in the previous year. The Ukrainians level quite a few charges at the Secret Police which if true are quite damning. Many of the Secret Police in the USSR during this period were Jewish – in fact, perhaps up to 38% of them were in 1934.

The Ukrainians, like others suffering from famine, were trying to flee to areas of the USSR less hard hit by famine. However, the state put guards at the borders to keep people from leaving. This seems cruel as it seems that the state was forcing people back into a famine stricken area to starve.

However, the state could not allow these people to leave the area. This was the breadbasket of the USSR and if the farmers all left, there would be no one to grow and harvest next year’s crop. During this time, the state also inexplicably exported grain. However, some have argued that they were more or less forced to do that. But exporting grain in a famine looks pretty bad. The state may also have been afraid to admit that there was a famine going on, hence they did not call for much outside help. They did this to save face and avoid the humiliation of having to admit that they were suffering from a famine.

During famines and other natural disasters, states have to make many decisions. Some of the decisions are good ones and others are bad ones. This is simply the way it goes.

The way the Ukrainians see is that there was a terror famine. The crop was perfectly fine that year but in order to starve the Ukrainians into submission and punish them for protesting collectivization, Stalin simply starved millions of them to death deliberately in a “terror famine.” Because many of the Secret Police were Jewish, the Ukrainians say, “The Jews starved us. The Jews killed us.” This has been the Ukrainian nationalist line ever since, and many Ukrainian nationalists are vicious antisemites.

When the Nazis invaded and conquered the Ukraine during WW2, many Ukrainians gladly signed up for the Nazi militia to fight alongside the Nazis. Ukrainian nationalists have argued that the Banderists, as they were called, simply hated the Soviets more than they hated the Nazis, or that they hated the Soviets so much that they were willing to ally with anyone against them.

Nevertheless, the Banderists gleefully assisted in the slaughter of Communists, Jews and many others in the Ukraine. In fact, they participated in many anti-Jewish pogroms such that the Banderists can be said to have actively participated in the Holocaust. The Banderists saw themselves as getting revenge on the “Jews who killed them” in the Holodomor.

After WW2, things were pretty calm between Ukrainians and Jews in the Ukraine, but nationalist and ultranationalist elements came to the fore after 1990, and the new US – EU – Israel installed government in the Ukraine includes a large ultranationalist and even Nazi segment that plugs into this old rage between the Ukrainians and the Jews, mostly dating back to the Holodomor.

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Answering an Estonian Anti-Communist

An Estonian anti-Communist (who was just banned) wrote the following, which I will answer below:

Ah, I see, evidently I was mistaken. I’d thought of more of a ”democratic socialist” type here but what we have here is in fact fully-blown good ol’ Stalinist here. Holodomor? ”Never occurred. Fascist fabrication-” Katyn massacre? ”Nazi crime” Winter War? ”Nay, Finns attacked the USSR themselves”.

The list can go on and on.

But consider this following questions. If communism is so good, then why do people vote commies out of office immediately when given the chance to (while logically they should do everything within their means to ensure the socialist ”paradise” endures – if it is really the paradise you claim it to be).

Why do people who have actually lived under communism – like me – mostly hate these regimes? I don’t know a SINGLE person in my country who’d claim life in the USSR was better than now. Why is that? Are we all fools why you in your comfortable California apartment know the truth about good communism?

Why do communist countries have to keep their citizens like prison inmates from not fleeing the socialist paradise? Why does Castro need to prevent his citizens from emigrating while no-one wants to immigrate to Cuba (according to your logic at least Latin Americans should). Why was Berlin Wall erected – in order to prevent poor West German workers from escaping from the capitalist hell into the East German paradise?

Why is capitalist South Korea a highly developed country with low crime rates while people in socialist North Korea eat grass and tree bark https://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/starving-north-koreans-forced-survive-diet-grass-and-tree-bark-2010-07-14? Why does the Korean peninsula at night look like that: Capitalist fabrication I guess? Why, why why?

Rejoinders:

I’d thought of more of a ”democratic socialist” type here but what we have here is in fact fully-blown good ol’ Stalinist here.

Not really, even the slightest hint of social democracy here in the US, and I could die happy, believe me.

Holodomor? ”Never occurred. Fascist fabrication-‘

Right, the “Holodomor” which means “terror famine” simply never even happened, and it is indeed a fascist fabrication, but the West also got in on it too, so it is a lie perpetrated by both the fascists and their buddies in the West like the Americans.

There was a famine, but there was no terror famine or deliberate famine. It was a famine that just happened not by anyone deliberately causing it. These things happened. In one year, the harvest simply collapsed by 50% and many people died of starvation related problems, mostly illness. But there was no intentional starvation, so the Holodomor is just a lie made up by the Estonians’ best friends, the Ukrainian Banderist Nazis.

Katyn massacre? ”Nazi crime” Winter War? ”Nay, Finns attacked the USSR themselves”.

No, Katyn was done by the Soviets and it was pretty bad – 45,000 Poles dead. But your Nazi heroes killed 10 million Poles, so you do the math.

In the Winter War, Stalin attacked Finland, yes. Pretty ugly.

WW2 was very ugly on all sides. Even we Americans behaved horrifically. But it hard for me to figure that Mr. Stalin acted so much worse than Mr. Hitler. It is simply not true. How easily Americans forget! Remember all those warm articles praising “Uncle Joe?” Stalin won the war for we Americans and saved countless American lives, but some people never learn I guess.

If communism is so good, then why do people vote commies out of office immediately when given the chance to.

No Communists in history have ever been voted out of power to my knowledge. Leftists frequently win elections. Many have won elections in Latin America recently. Hugo Chavez Bolivarians have won more elections than I can even count. The Sandinistas and FMLN recently won in Nicaragua and El Salvador. The Left has been winning in Ecuador for a long time now. Same with Bolivia – the Left keeps winning. The Left under the Kirchners has been winning in Argentina too for a long time. Lugo won in Paraguay until a US fascist coup threw him out. A Leftist won in Honduras until another US fascist coup threw him out. Leftist Aristide won 92% of the vote in Haiti.

Eurocommunists won in Italy forever. Eurocom types won for decades in Bengal and Kerala in India. A guy who is basically a Communist has been winning for 20 years in Belarus. Communists have been elected for decades in Moldova.

While logically they should do everything within their means to ensure the socialist ”paradise” endures – if it is really the paradise you claim it to be.

I never said Commie countries were paradises, socialist or otherwise. That classic Communist model has many problems, as should be obvious to anyone with eyes.

Why do people who have actually lived under communism – like me – mostly hate these regimes?

They don’t. Recent surveys in Eastern Europe found that majorities in most countries said that life was better under Communism than it is now.

I don’t know a SINGLE person in my country who’d claim life in the USSR was better than now. Why is that?

Different countries. The Baltic states hated Communism, however in the rest of Eastern Europe, majorities continue to say Communism was better than what replaced it.

Why do communist countries have to keep their citizens like prison inmates from not fleeing the socialist paradise?

Brain drain.

Why does Castro need to prevent his citizens from emigrating while no-one wants to immigrate to Cuba (according to your logic at least Latin Americans should).

Cubans are not prevented from leaving the country. There is an Orderly Departure Program for those who wish to leave. You have to go stand and in line, and oh yes, you do need to purchase that Visa thing. The idiots on boats drowning are fools who don’t want to wait in line, can’t afford a Visa or whatever. The Hell with them. I say they get what they deserve.

Cubans only come to the US. They never go to the Latin American capitalist paradises because most of them suck. They come to the US to make money and not for any other reason.

The Eastern half of Cuba is now full of Jamaican and Haitian immigrants who arrived in Cuba illegally. The Cubans are letting them stay there and almost all of them want to stay. If you go talk to them, 100% of them will tell you that Cuba is way better than Jamaica or Haiti.

Why was Berlin Wall erected – in order to prevent poor West German workers from escaping from the capitalist hell into the East German paradise?

Brain drain. They let them leave for a long time but the brain drain got to be too much. And in contrast to your views about no one immigrating to a Commie country, after 1945, a very large number of West German Leftists took off and moved to East Germany. A German friend told me that many of her relatives did just that.

Why is capitalist South Korea a highly developed country with low crime rates while people in socialist North Korea eat grass and tree bark.

Most people on the Left want nothing to do with North Korea, where the economy collapsed. Here is what happened. Overnight, the price of oil went up by 10X. So that would be like the gas you buy at the pump going from $3.90 to $39/gallon. What do you think the US economy would look like if gas went to $40/gallon overnight?

I do not mind the South Korean model, but I think they need a lot more socialism. The South Korean model of capitalism has not worked well in the rest of the world. Such models tend to fail in the 3rd World. Further, the state plays an extremely heavy role in South Korean capitalism (really more like “state capitalism”) that I am not really sure that that is laissez faire free market capitalism at all.

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America, Fascism’s Greatest Friend

Al McLellan writes from Facebook:

Do you think Obama’s foreign policy makes sense? What is the logic? He always sides with the bad guys (super fascists).

US foreign policy always supports rightwing regimes the world over. We support all rightwing regimes and we oppose all left regimes. In a nutshell, that is vile US foreign policy forever now. Fascists are just rightwingers, and US foreign policy has always supported fascist states and movements in their various forms.

In fact, one of the most bizarre things about WW2 is that it was one of the first times in US history that US foreign policy not only opposed fascism but we actually went to war with the fascists. Americans actually fought and died fighting their best buddies, the fascists. I am quite happy with the US role in WW2, but it was very much an aberration.

Of course as soon as WW2 was over and the fascist states were defeated, the US went right back to palling up with their fascist buddies. Former Nazis were enrolled in the CIA, and US intelligence helped countless Nazis escape to foreign lands, usually Latin America. A very heavily armed network called the GLADIO stay behind network consisting mostly of hardcore West European fascists was set up in all of Western Europe. The purpose was in case of a Soviet invasion and conquest of Western Europe, the GLADIO forces would form guerrilla armies to fight the new Communist regimes that the Soviets set up.

GLADIO forces caused much damage from 1945-1990. In Italy they committed a lot of violence, setting off bombs in train stations, assassinating people, etc. Apparently the CIA was deeply involved in this rightwing terrorism in Italy.

Recently GLADIO fascist forces with deep support from the CIA committed a violent coup and overthrew the democratically elected government of Ukraine.

US alliances with fascists in the Taiwan, South Korea, Fiji, Brunei, Morocco, Philippines, Indonesia, Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Greece (the generals’ junta) are or were very long-standing.

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Why The ETA Political Wing Was Banned

Repost from the old site.

I received an interesting email from one Gonzalo Polo (website here), a Spanish nationalist. I am publishing the parts of it that can be published here. I normally don’t post the names of emailers as it is a violation of Netiquette, but he issued a veiled threat to me, so he gets named. If you don’t want me to reveal contents of your mails, don’t threaten me.

I always supported the Basque and even Catalan separatist causes. In the Basque movement, I supported the armed wing called the ETA. This mail points out some less than flattering things about the ETA, so I am running it, and it also tells us some interesting stories about the history of the Iberian Peninsula.

I am posting it to provide another perspective to the National Question in Spain.

I still think that Spain should allow a referendum on independence, and that is really what this whole fight is all about. I understand that Spain will never hold this referendum, which makes me wonder when they crow that only a minority of Basques support separatism. So hold the referendum already. Truth is, I do not think that Spaniards are civilized enough to split up their nation.

Few nations are.

Only the former USSR and Czechoslovakia have broken up peacefully, with Quebec and and the UK showing a willingness at least. Spaniards have always been terribly intolerant as a people, a tradition like the peculiar one of church-burning that is proving hard to break.

At least the intolerance part is traced by Carroll Quigley back to the Arab occupation, said influence of which makes the area from Latin America across the Mediterranean to Pakistan the Peru-Pakistan Axis, as he calls it.

That much of Spain’s industry is in the Basque Region makes separatism supposedly lethal for Spain, but I doubt it. Spain is a mature and wealthy country and I think they could handle separatism just fine, but Spaniards are just too backwards to do it. I include the famously liberty-lovers the French in this backwardsness, and all of Asia, including those supposedly more highly evolved humans in Northeast Asia.

China is utterly insane when it comes to Tibet (as we saw in the past few days) and Taiwan, and in this way they are firmly in a backwards Asian tradition. Burma, Indonesia and India won’t tolerate separatism either, and the result has been horrible massacres and even genocides.

I suggest that a willingness to break up one’s country is the ultimate act of a civilized people, and it is a litmus test for seeing how civilized you are. By that test, most of the world fails except for some Europeans, but that makes sense. Europeans are the only people who will even try to play by the rules of war either.

The Catalans seem to be debating separatism in their media, and there are some interesting debates going on. One of them is revolving around the nature of the ethnic nationalism that Catalan nationalism is. There are good progressive arguments saying that all ethnic nationalism leads to some variety of fascism, since, like the anti-Semitism I discussed previously, the impulse has nowhere to go but to the Right.

Put another way, internationalism is language of the Left (yet note armed separatists are often Leftists) and nationalism is the language of the Right. It was only the stew of 70 years of internationalism that so wore down the nationalist sentiments of the USSR and enabled them to cleave off 15 republics with very little bloodshed.

There were bloody and fascist-like nation-building episodes in many of these new countries, but that’s just the normal nation-building experience, and if we had to deny the legitimacy of every nation that had ever done this, we would have few countries left on the globe.

It’s probable that that same evil Commie internationalism allowed the Czechoslovaks to separate so amicably. You can’t say that 43 years of Goulash Communism didn’t do any good at all.

Nationalism created the Axis in World War 2 and probably led to World War 1 too. All these fetishists of the state that demand states have their precious “monopoly on violence” and that all armed non-state actors surrender all arms immediately or be destroyed as “terrorists” might want to think that one over sometime. Note that the worst enemies of the Axis ultranationalists were the armed partisans, often Communists.

If you lurk around Internet fascist, Nazi or nationalist forums long enough (and I like to do this for a lark) you will notice that these types hate no one worse than Communists. As nationalists are often not members of the towering heights of capital, one wonders what all the fuss is about.

Fascists, and the nationalists who dress up like them once in a while, Halloween-like, hate Commies over the nationalism question. Commies are dubious, at best, about nationalism. The blood drenched soil of ethnic and Lazarus-like nationalism is the essence of fascism. That’s what the whole bloody Commie-fascist fight is all about in a nutshell.

There’s also the fact that fascism is a last-ditch effort of capital to preserve its privileges in the environment of a serious threat by the Left. The seriousness of the Left Threat provokes a deadly anti-Communist reaction in the fascist. Commies are no longer some ludicrous phantasm – they are marching in the streets – and we need to kill as many of them as possible and put the rest in jail.

It’s curious why more don’t support ethnic separatism. Ask an American, if you can get lucky and find one who even understands the concept, and 90% chances are they support the state and oppose the armed separatists everywhere on Earth. Most folks you meet on the Net are the same way.

But go to a separatist region and you will find large numbers who support separatism. It seems we are not empathizing well enough with the national aspirations of our brother humans.

That ethnic nationalism brings out the caveman in anyone is shown how the separatist Catalans are total nationalist pigs when it comes to granting the Occitan speakers their legitimate human rights.

The ETA political wing was banned (although their men were elected in the last elections to the Basque Parliament under another name, and therefore they act as deputies in the Basque Parliament and mayors in some villages) because they used the public money they earned to send it to the ETA, and also because they gathered information about politicians and submitted it to ETA.

They have decided to boycott Spanish elections so they do not present candidates.

The current President of the Basque Parliament (the moderate Basque PNV) and all political parties of Euskadi (including leftist radical but non-violent Basque parties) define the ETA as a terrorist group (the EU and the US also).

In the last general elections of Spain the political wing of ETA asked Basques not to vote. Even considering that in the villages where ETA supporters have more influence, that this means that if you vote you become a target, people who decided not to vote grew 10 per cent since last elections.

ETA murdered a retired socialist politician who walked in the streets along with his wife and daughter a day before the elections. He was a poor man who worked in a highway booth and handed tickets to the drivers. ETA political wing’s major of the village of Arrasate-Mondragon refused to condemn the assassination.

For this reason all the rest of the parties who governed the town in coalition with this party (including radical left parties) determined not to back her position. This means that there will be soon be another mayor in this town formed by a coalition of the rest of the parties.

For your information I would like to highlight that the PNV (the moderate Basque party) is so scared about the ETA that in the last Basque elections, they could not find candidates for some towns. The Spanish socialist and conservative parties found candidates and, for instance, Mrs. Regina Otaola (Otaola is a Basque name and she is 100% Basque) is the current mayor of Lizarra.

All socialist and moderate candidates in the Basque Country have bodyguards. The man who was murdered two days ago had no right to have a bodyguard because he retired from politics so he was an easy target.

I also would like to inform you that the population of the Basque country is diminishing, the reason being that about 1/3 to 1/4 of 100% Basques have determined to run away from their homeland – the reason being that they want their children to live in a non-violent atmosphere so they have moved to other regions of Spain, for instance my brother-in-law Mr. Aguirre Ormaetxea (100% Basque).

For your information, the language spoken in Galicia is not a dialect of Portuguese, although both languages have a common origin. In the 8th century the Arabs invaded the entire Iberian Peninsula except the mountains of the north. Only the mountains of the North of Spain from Galicia to Catalonia were not invaded.

The original Spaniards (a blend of races and peoples united under the Roman Empire and highly sophisticated at that time, as opposed to people from Northern Europe) started to recover territory from North to South.

Little kingdoms such as Portugal, Castilla, Navarra, Leon and Aragon started to fight Arabs. Galicians joined the kingdom of Leon and Portuguese created the kingdom of Portugal.

Catalonia at that time was invaded by the Emperor of the Sacred Roman Empire, a German emperor of the tribe of the Francs who controlled France and Germany under the blessing of the Pope. The Catholic Church maintained the fiction that the Roman Empire was still alive.

Catalans expelled the Francs from the Hispanic Mark (the name of Catalonia at that time that included a province that nowadays belongs to France) and joined the kingdom of Aragon (a big kingdom that nowadays covers the regions of Aragon, Catalonia, Majorca and Valencia). The French Catalans do not have a Catalan department; Catalans have no rights as a minority in France.

The valley of Aran is part of the province of Lerida (Catalonia), although it is located in the Northern part of the Pyrenees Mountains. People from Aran speak an Occitan (Langue d’Oc) dialect similar to the one was spoken in all Provence before the Germanic tribes imposed French (the former Langue d’Oil that was spoken in Norther France).

Occitan is not spoken nowadays in France. The nationalist Catalan parties do not allow the Aranese language to be taught at school, and they force children to learn Catalan instead of their native language.

The Catalan and Spanish languages are spoken in all the Mediterranean coast from the Border of France to the region of Murcia (including the Balearic Islands). Catalan was never spoken in the current region of Aragon except in the border with Catalonia where children are able to learn the Catalan language thanks to the Aragon Government.

In the Regions of Majorca and Valencia, Catalan is freely spoken as well as Castilian. The people of these regions vote PP or PSOE – Spanish conservative or socialist parties. In the last general elections, the winning party was the Socialist Party, and nationalist CIU party obtained only 11 seats. Furthermore, the president of the Catalonian Parliament is also a socialist.

Catalan radical nationalists pretend to create a new country that would include the regions of Catalonia, Valencia and Majorca together with French Catalonia. French Catalans, Valencians and people from Majorca want to remain in Spain and dislike Catalan imperialism.

I would also like to point out that Guernica is a painting the Republican Legitimate Spanish Government asked Picasso (Picasso was born in Andalusia, namely in Malaga) to paint in order to show the world the horrors of the Spanish Civil War. Once the painting was finished, it was shown for the first time in the Universal Expo of New York, namely in the Spanish pavilion.

The US government refused to return the painting to Spain once the war was over, and it remained in the Metropolitan until Franco died. I would like to point you out that around one million people died in the Spanish Civil War. Guernica was bombed by the Germans, but many other Spanish towns were also bombed and destroyed by the Russians.

I would like to highlight that neither the US nor the European democracies helped the Republican Government of Spain because they were scared about Hitler so they preferred not to see what it was happening except for Germany (who backed Franco) and Russia (who backed Republicans.)

Once the Civil War was over, many republicans ran away from Spain and stayed for years in concentration camps in France (my grandfather among others).

Many democrats felt that the US and the European democracies were acting in bad faith, so many people (like Hemingway) came to Spain to fight as volunteers with the Republic.

P.S. In a recent poll published by The Economist, you can read that only between 1/4 and 1/3 of Spanish Basques back independence. In the last elections to Spanish parliament Basque PNV party obtained only 300,000 votes in the Basque Country.

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