Old Habits Die Hard

The repetition of similar events in history is called ”Historic recurrence”. The historic recurrence should encourage people to pay attention to the historical experiences. Today’s events marks the various parallels to the past. For Russia Ukraine is like a phantom limb still felt to be there long after its amputation.

The withdrawal of Soviet Ukraine was not entirely legitimate – this opinion was expressed by Vladimir Putin in a telephone conversation with Mustafa Dzhemilev, Ukrainian Member of Parliament. Putin believes that the self-proclaimed independence of Ukraine did not fully meet the Soviet norms, regulating the procedure for resigning from the USSR.

Heil Putin? 

If Vladimir Putin is allowed to take this Crimea because of protecting Russian population, then we should remember back in nineteen thirties what Hitler did because of German population..

This opinion is expressed by John McCain, but  he isn’t the only one who sees the similarities between the behavior of Hitler and Putin. A similar view shows Karel Schwarzenberg (from ”Österreich”, Austrian daily newspaper):

”What’s happening in Ukraine is history repeating itself”

“Putin is acting along the same principle as Adolf Hitler did during his invasions of Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland in 1938 and 1939”

“Since he wanted to invade Crimea, he needed a pretext and said that his compatriots were oppressed” 

Hillary Rodham Clinton also compared Vladimir Putin’s incursion into Ukraine to the behavior of Adolf Hitler:

“Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the ’30s”

“The ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being treated right, I must go and protect my people. And that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”

Is Putin the New Stalin?

In 1944 Soviet Union organized a forcible deportation of the Crimean Tatars out of the Crimean peninsula. They were mostly deported to Uzbek SSR. Around 45% of the total population died in the process of deportation due to thirst, hunger and disease. Almost 200 000 thousand people were evicted from their homes and placed on trains – cattle cars.

As though Stalin’s times is over, some days ago Crimean Tatars noticed that their doors is marked with a cross. It is unpleasant for people who have grown up with stories of the marked doors. And this is so-called ”Historic recurrence”.

Crimea’s Muslim Tatars Worry about Russia Referendum” – in this video you can see the marked doors.

What will happen to the Crimean Tatars in future?


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