Some of us, including me, have made the mistake of thinking the Russians civilized. It is easy, even logical, to think that the nation of Borodin, Pushkin, Solzhenitsyn, and Tchaikovsky could be part of the West and thus have left virulent antisemitism and ignorant hate on the wayside of history. But that would be wrong. The Russians themselves even have a word for it, nekulturny. It translates into “without culture.” And so it is.
Political leadership is a reflection of the culture of a nation. Regardless of wishful thinking, the Russians as evidenced by Putin and his cronies still fulfil the Soviet stereotype as a crude, dumb, hamfisted, and authoritarian bunch. And those are their best points.
The Russians never quite embraced the West, notwithstanding Peter the Great’s efforts. They prefer to take after an Eastern heritage of collective despotism. With that comes ignorance, brutish thinking, and spiritual darkness. Not to mention, laughable absurdities passing as coherence.
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FNC: “Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid condemned his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, for comments he made standing by Russia’s claim that it invaded Ukraine in part to root out Nazism, dismissing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Judaism as irrelevant and suggesting that Adolf Hitler ‘had Jewish blood.’
The Italian news channel Zona Bianca pressed Lavrov on the issue during an interview Sunday, asking him how Russian President Vladimir Putin can claim he is trying to ‘denazify’ Ukraine when Zelenskyy is Jewish.”
“So what if Zelensky is Jewish,” Lavrov said, The Times of Israel reported. “The fact does not negate the Nazi elements in Ukraine. I believe that Hitler also had Jewish blood.” Lavrov went on to say that “some of the worst antisemites are Jews.” That is the voice of a stone cold Jew baiting madman.
Israeli Foreign Minister Lapid strongly condemned Lavrov’s remarks, “Foreign Minister Lavrov’s remarks are both an unforgivable and outrageous statement as well as a terrible historical error,” the Israeli foreign minister said. “Jews did not murder themselves in the Holocaust. The lowest level of racism against Jews is to accuse Jews themselves of antisemitism.”
Foreign Minister Lavrov’s remarks are both an unforgivable and outrageous statement as well as a terrible historical error. Jews did not murder themselves in the Holocaust. The lowest level of racism against Jews is to accuse Jews themselves of antisemitism.
— יאיר לפיד – Yair Lapid🟠 (@yairlapid) May 2, 2022
Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has “summoned the Russian Ambassador to Israel for a clarification meeting with the Deputy Director-General for Eurasian Affairs.”
The head of Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, Dani Dayan, said Lavrov’s remarks as “false, delusional and dangerous, and worthy of all condemnation.”
Zelenskyy had his say on Lavrov. “Russian troops manage to be even more cynical than the Nazis 80 years ago,” he said. “At that time, the invaders did not say that it was the Mariupol residents and the defenders of the city who shelled and killed themselves.” He said reborn American Lend-Lease “will help Ukraine and the whole free world beat the ideological successors of the Nazis, who started a war against us on our land.”