Archive for October 15th, 2009

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Fault-lines becoming more vivid in a divided nation?

October 15, 2009

Up to 3,500 people are taking part in a rally organized by Ukraine’s Svoboda (Freedom) nationwide party outside the Taras Shevchenko monument in Kyiv.

The demonstrators are holding flags with the party’s symbols, national flags of Ukraine and red and black flags of the UNA-UNSO nationalist organization.

Veterans of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army are participating in the rally as well.

People continue to gather around the Taras Shevchenko monument. They are chanting “Long Live Ukraine!”, “Long Live Our Nation!” and “Death to Our Enemies!”.

More than 1,000 policemen are patrolling the venue of the action.

At the same time, several hundred supporters of the Communist Party of Ukraine, the Russian Bloc party and the Union of Left-Wing Forces are holding a rally in Kyiv’s Independence Square to protest against ongoing events marking the 66th anniversary of the establishment of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army.

A banner with a slogan reading “We Won’t Stand Fascism!” was placed by left-wing force supporters near the Svoboda party’s stage featuring banners with slogans “Bandera is Our Hero!” and “Intercession is Our Holiday!”.

The 66th anniversary of the establishment of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army and Day of Ukrainian Cossacks is marked in Ukraine on October 14, during the religious holiday of Intercession.    Interfax-Ukraine

 

In response to this…… and speaking as an older man who has fought for Queen and Country when a younger man…….I would take this opportunity to post the following quotes to the angry young men…….and some misdirected politicians……..

 

“The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.”
Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986).

“Nationalism is militant hatred. It is not love of our countrymen: that, which denotes good citizenship, philanthropy, practical religion, should go by the name of patriotism. Nationalism is passionate xenophobia. It is fanatical, as all forms of idol- worship are bound to be. And fanaticism–l’infame denounced by Voltaire–obliterates or reverses the distinction between good and evil. Patriotism, the desire to work for the common wealth, can be, must be, reasonable: ‘My country, may she be right!’ Nationalism spurns reason: ‘Right or wrong, my country.’
Albert L. Guerard (b. 1914)

“Patriotism is proud of a country’s virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country’s virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries. It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, ‘the greatest,’ but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is.”   Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986).

 

Ukraine is a very divided nation along many fault lines…….patriotism will unit it……..nationalism will see the nation fail.   Think on my angry young friends and consider the words of wiser old men than your current political leaders!!

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