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In Russia, World War II is the best-studied period in history. Schools and universities emphasize the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942 and the Normandy landings of the Allies in 1944. When I was in school 20 years ago, Russia was influenced by Western culture, c This is why the textbooks focused on the Western Front and very little was mentioned about the Chinese theater of World War II.
It wasn’t until I was much older that I was able to learn about the war of resistance against Japan. I remember my shock when I learned of the Nanjing Massacre and other terrible atrocities committed in China by the occupiers.
Since World War II, many changes have occurred, but the villains and their tactics have remained the same. In 1937, the White House and Western powers turned a blind eye to Nanjing and other fascist crimes committed by Japanese militarists. Oil restrictions against the aggressor, Imperial Tokyo, were not imposed until August 1941, when its war against the United States for control of East Asia had become inevitable. On the other front, in Europe, American companies supplied Japan’s ally, Nazi Germany, with fuel and chemicals until 1944, using neutral countries as commercial intermediaries to profit from the chaos of The world war. The goal of the United States was obvious: to become the world leader by selling both a problem and a solution.
Currently, Nazism has resurfaced in Ukraine – Russia’s closest neighbor – in a violent coup in 2014. It was led by radical nationalists who saw themselves as successors to the collaborators Ukrainian Nazis of World War II. Just like 80 years ago, they were also supplied with foreign fuel.
As an investigative journalist, I skimmed through the 2013 annual report of the NED – National Endowment for Democracy, an organization that promotes American interests through soft power around the world. Years later, I still remember a quote from that document: “Endowment recipients played an important role in the peaceful protests in Kyiv. Of course, the protests in kyiv were not peaceful, but the first part of the sentence is true. It was the United States that provided diplomatic, economic and military support to the Ukrainian radicals.
The most notorious of the German SS-type Ukrainian units is the Azov Battalion. Its emblem is similar to Adolf Hitler’s Das Reich SS Panzer Division; in the media, there are dozens of photos of Azov activists posing with swastikas and other Nazi symbols. This battalion of nearly 5,000 personnel operates in Donbass, a region in eastern Ukraine where ethnic Russians have stood up to protect their lives and where the Azov battalion has committed multiple war crimes, including bombings and the massacre of innocent citizens.
The objective of the United States in this long-lasting crisis is clear, just as in the 1940s. It aims to sow chaos in the Eurasian economy by exploiting the chaotic traces of human nature such as chauvinism and xenophobia. . While being part of the USSR, Ukraine had a magnificent industrial complex. For example, Nikolaev, a city in southern Ukraine, had one of the largest shipyards in the world. Among his masterpieces was what is now Liaoning, the Chinese Type 001 aircraft carrier.
After the dissolution of the USSR in 1991 and the nationalist coup in kyiv in 2014, these economic ties were severed. Consequently, the Ukrainians were impoverished without the gigantic Russian market. Western powers are not interested in helping Ukraine develop its industrial complex because they do not want to create competition with their own, allowing Ukraine to develop only its agriculture and mining facilities.
On the other hand, Russia can barely replace some of the Ukrainian parts of the supply chain. One of them is Motor Sich, a major manufacturer of aircraft and helicopter turbines and engines. In 2016, Chinese companies acquired a large stake in its shares. Motor Sich could help China’s engine building industry. It was a real challenge for the United States. In 2019, then-US national security adviser John Bolton personally traveled to Kyiv and held several meetings with Ukrainian authorities to drive out Chinese investors.
These are the same tactics the United States used in the barbaric bombing of the German city of Dresden in February 1945. The objective was to destroy the East German industrial complex as the approaching Russians inevitably took over.
The author is assistant professor at the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, Russia. [email protected]