Masks, Ukraine, Russia, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Burkina Faso & Thomas Sankara

I guess I was on a roll today. I posted a number of things on Facebook that I think warrant repeating here.

Post #1:
Ukrainian “Holocaust by Bullets”

For the past few years we’ve been hearing people decry the tyranny of mask requirements and social distancing, equating them with the Holocaust. Such outcry by people living relatively safe and comfortable lives was appalling and pathetic then, but now we’re seeing something that more closely and genuinely resembles the Holocaust. As noted in this article:

“That this part of [Ukraine] was once victim to the ‘Holocaust by bullets,’ the eliminationist rampage committed by bands of Nazi einsatzgruppen as they traversed the Ukrainian countryside, gives instant meaning to the atrocities in Bucha. Whereas concentration camps were mechanized murder, the German crimes committed in Ukraine were marked by their intimacy and their haphazard nature. Low-ranking soldiers were required to make the decision to kill, again and again, despite the screams, becoming inured to the routine of murder.”

It’s true our lives are filled with countless little annoyances and inconveniences, but I never again want to hear selfish and obscene comparisons to the Holocaust.

Click image to view article in The Atlantic.

Post #2
The United States Doesn’t Get a Pass

Referencing my post this morning about Bucha and Russia [above], I need to make a point here for the record:

My Lai Massacre

My criticism and condemnation of Russia in Ukraine doesn’t mean the United States gets a pass. Our government’s hands are not clean either. It’s not that long ago that the U.S. brutalized Southeast Asia, with the My Lai massacre being just one example. And lest we forget, the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on the civilian populations of Hiroshima (pictured above) and Nagasaki.

More needs to be said about what drives all this, and I’ll take that up later. But it’s worth noting for the moment that Ukraine today is the latest chapter in a much bigger story. We need to learn it, or it will go on and on and on.

Post #3
Thomas Sankara & Burkina Faso

Former President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso was sentenced today to life imprisonment for his role in the 1987 Stalinist coup that murdered then-President Thomas Sankara. In 1983 Sankara led a mass uprising that established a popular and democratic revolutionary government in what had been the former French colony of Upper Volta. Burkina Faso today remains among the poorest countries in the world. Until cut short after just 4 years, Sankara’s political course had opened the road to economic and social development. This included nationalization of the land to guarantee peasants the fruit of their labors as productive farmers; irrigation projects; and planting 10 million trees to stop the encroachment of the desert. The coup has been condemned by the UN Human Rights Committee. Two others also received life sentences today. Compaoré will probably never serve his time. He fled the country and lives in exile in the Ivory Coast.

Sankara’s speeches and writings are available at Pathfinder Press.

All images are Public Domain except the Sankara book covers from Pathfinder Press. The title images at top are the Hiroshima nuclear explosion and aftermath. All comments are welcome. I only ask that we remain civil and respectful of one another. If you clicked over from Facebook, please comment here rather than back there.

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