One of our honoured veterans of the Second Great Patriotic War… they rid the world of the Nazi menace. We owe our freedom from barbarism to them… respect them… there’s not many of them left.
Moscow hosted a rehearsal for the Victory Day Parade commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Great Victory. As reported by ITAR-TASS, for the first time, contingents from the CIS countries, Poland, the United States, Britain, and France, the main partners in the anti-Hitler coalition, marched on Red Square. During the Second World War, they helped the USSR with arms and military equipment, and hastened the Victory through the opening of the Second Front. Amongst the foreign participants at the rehearsal were the honour guard of Poland and officers from the legendary French Normandy-Nieman air squadron. On the cobblestones of Red Square, one saw troopers from an American infantry battalion, the musicians of the main orchestra of the UK’s Royal Air Force, and members of the First Welsh Regiment, which, in the autumn of 1944, took part in the liberation of France. On 6 May, they will participate in the general rehearsal, along with Russian soldiers.
After the marching contingents pass during the Victory Day parade on 9 May, the mechanised portion will commence. On Red Square, cars, tanks, armoured vehicles, tractors, self-propelled launchers will roll by, both types now in service with the forces and those that are only prototypes. Amongst the machines taking part will be ten new self-propelled armoured anti-aircraft missile/gun vehicles “Pantsir”. For the first time in the history of domestic military parades, three launcher vehicles of the latest ICBM system, the Topol-M, will lead the mechanised column moving down Red Square. On 4 May, there will be one more rehearsal in the evening, and, two days later, there will be a final dress rehearsal on Red Square.
3 May 2010
Voice of Russia World Service
This is encouraging news. It means that the neocon project is dead for the time being. I don’t think that we should break out the bubbly, for all too many “conservatives” in the USA are nothing but bullies who wish to impose “democracy” on the world and rape weaker countries to enrich the USA. They’ve no money for health care for poor Americans or to provide an adequate social safety net for all our citizens… but they’ve dollars aplenty for bombs and missiles to rain on all those who offend them. Excuse me whilst I hurl.
It’s why I oppose the so-called “Manhattan Declaration” root and branch. The people who signed it have no qualms about bombing kids in Afghanistan or taking profits from brutalised workers in the Third World. Their hypocrisy stinks to high heaven. It’s nothing but American Pseudo-Puritan Exceptionalism (which has a quasi-religious “amen corner” in so-called “Evangelical Protestantism”)… God willing, we can strangle it before it rises again to blight the world.
However, this coming Victory Day, let’s celebrate the present moment of peace, and let’s not forget that we can lose it if we don’t oppose “conservatism” with all our forces… and I’m as truly conservative as they come. Radical Oligarchic Corporatism is not “conservative”… and don’t forget that Vladimir Vladimirovich fought the oligarchs and won. Big Money doesn’t always triumph…