Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Russian Suffering and Sacrifice



With all the attention being paid to the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe and the controversy over Russia's occupation of the Baltic states, let's never forget just how much the people of the Soviet Union suffered and sacrificed. As an American living in Latvia, I've written my fair share of negative comments about Russia and its behavior here. So when I saw this photo of Russians painfully remembering those dark war years, I wanted to acknowledge the terrible price they paid in blood. Maybe Putin is paranoid about the West pushing to surround him, but this picture of Russian rememberance day was taken in Bellevue, Washington, USA, where hundreds gathered to hear the heartbreaking stories of Russian immigrant veterans.

I'll never forget the vivid images from Harrison Salisbury's 900 Days, the incredible story of the siege of Lenningrad where more than a million people died from starvation, cold, and war. Would young people today follow the tragic orders of their favorite teacher to take a molotov cocktail in hand and throw it at a tank before being swiftly gunned down? There is no side to be taken in the controversy over whether President Bush should have gone to the Baltics or Russia or Georgia when all we really want to do is pay our respects to all those silent millions who never lived to see this day.

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