John Wight has written for newspapers and websites across the world, including the Independent, Morning Star, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, London Progressive Journal, and Foreign Policy Journal. He is also a regular commentator on RT and BBC Radio. He wrote a memoir of the five years he spent in Hollywood, where he worked in the movie industry prior to becoming a full time activist and organizer with the US antiwar movement post-9/11. The book is titled Dreams That Die and is published by Zero Books. John is currently working on a book exploring the role of the West in the Arab Spring. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnWight1
It says much about his desperation to forestall a growing tide of popular support within Britain for the country’s exit from the EU that its Prime Minister should talk up the threat of a “newly belligerent Russia” as the countdown to the country’s June referendum on EU membership continues. However, desperation gives way to disgrace when we consider the quote in full: “We see a newly belligerent Russia, the rise of the Daesh (ISIS) network to our east and to our south the migration crisis,” Cameron said during a speech in London on behalf of the Remain campaign.
Making Cameron’s outrageous and deeply insulting comparison between Russia and ISIS even more significant is that it came just as Russia was marking its annual Victory Day commemoration, when the nation stops to remember the epic struggle the country and its people waged against the Nazi onslaught. It was a struggle won at huge, almost unbearable cost, attested to by the 27 million who lost their lives and the countless villages, towns, and cities left decimated.
One world leader who understood the enormity of the Russian and Soviet peoples’ sacrifice and role in defeating the Nazis was Winston Churchill, Britain’s Prime Minister during the Second World War. In a speech to the House of Commons in August 1944, Churchill reminded the British people that “it is the Russian armies who have done the main work in tearing the guts out of the German army. In the air and on the oceans we could maintain our place, but there was no force in the world which could have been called into being, except after several more years, that would have been able to maul and break the German army unless it had been subjected to the terrible slaughter and manhandling that has fallen to it through the strength of the Russian Soviet Armies.”
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