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‘Who Fought for Ukrainian Independence Against the Russians’ in WWII?

Posted on | September 25, 2023 | Comments Off on ‘Who Fought for Ukrainian Independence Against the Russians’ in WWII?

Sometimes the Godwin’s Law jokes write themselves:

Following addresses to the parliament in Ottowa on Friday from both [Canadian Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau and [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky, the Speaker of the House of Commons Anthony Rota prompted a standing ovation as he honoured a “veteran from the Second World War who fought for Ukrainian independence against the Russians and continues to support the troops today even at his age of 98.”
“His name is Yaroslav Hunka… he is a Ukrainian hero, a Canadian hero, and we thank him for all his service,” Rota continued before a second round of applause.
In the caption of a picture published by the Associated Press showing Zelensky and Trudeau standing and applauding Hunka, the news wire service identified Hunka as a former member of the “First Ukrainian Division in World War II”. The division is also known as the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Galician), a division comprised mostly of Ukrainian volunteers after being established by Nazi Germany in 1943. . . .
In a Ukrainian language post on the blog Combatant News attributed to Hunak, he claimed to have joined the Nazi military division in 1943. The post also featured pictures of himself during the war, including his apparent training by the SS in Munich.
Ivan Katchanovski of the University of Ottowa described the celebration of Hunka as “truly unbelievable” and an “epic scandal“, questioning: “Did anyone in parliament or Zelensky realize that he served in [the] Waffen SS division?”

This is how childishly simple-minded liberals are: Whatever they like is good, and whatever they dislike is evil. During the Cold War, conservatives were willing to tolerate various authoritarians as allies in opposition to Soviet-backed Communist revolutionaries, a doctrine explained by Jeane Kirkpatrick in an influential article, “Dictatorships and Double Standards.” Meanwhile, liberals were stamping their feet and throwing tantrums about “human rights” in Latin America, Africa and other places, where pro-Western governments were in a life-or-death struggle with Moscow-backed terrorists like the murderous Sandinistas in Nicaragua. Liberals were so fascinated with their own rhetoric about “human rights” — an intellectual abstraction — that they were unable to see that Marxist victories in such situations would mean the annihilation of thousands, and whatever “rights” they may have had.

Well, the Cold War ended, and liberals expect us all to forget how wrong they were about everything back then, and now they’ve climbed onto a new hobby horse, where Russia and Putin are the bogeymen, which becomes an excuse to ignore the much greater threat posed by Communist China. And, because they think of the proxy war against Putin as an expression of their moral superiority, liberals are utterly blind to any problems with their friends in Ukraine. So you have the liberals in the Canadian parliament applauding a literal Nazi, and if you object to this . . . Well, you’re a right-wing extremist and probably racist, too.



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