Monday, May 08, 2006

Victory Day

6 comments:

Roman Werpachowski said...

Too bad it was not a victory shared by everybody. Polish Army in the West was not been invited to take part in the victory parade, so that the Russians weren't irritated. And millions of Eastern Europeans had one opressor changed for another, with the West pretending not to notice.

Sergey Romanov said...

Roman, if you don't want a share in this glorious event, nobody forces anyone ;-)

Roman Werpachowski said...

Sergey, I just wanted to point out the often forgotten side of things. The end of WW II was not equally joyful to everyone, that's all. I think that 60 years after, everyone can admit that it was the beginning of decades of enslavement of the Eastern Europe by the USSR.

Sergey Romanov said...

I would suggest that this is hardly a forgotten side.

What followed - followed, indeed. That does not detract from the victory over Nazi Germany. Even if one sees it as merely a victory of the lesser evil. It's like saying "Oh, that American Independence Day! But how you can forget about internement of the Japanese!".

Roman Werpachowski said...

Sergey, you downplay the importance of the matter.

I'm as happy as you do about the importance of the thing... but I also tend to remember such things like the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact or the 17th of September, 1939.

Roman Werpachowski said...

Should be: "I'm as happy as you are about the downfall of the Nazis..."