Perspective: A Very Important Lesson in Russian History
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As Ukraine Crisis lurches once again toward all-out, hot war, last evening Professor Cohen took the time to provide some background and history regarding WWII. Once you appreciate the depth of loss suffered by Russia in "The Great Patriotic War", you'll have a better understanding of why the current crisis is considered such an existential threat to Russia and its people.
The first half of last evening's program was the usual discussion of current events, bringing you up-to-speed on all that has happened in the past week. Events such as:
- NATO head Breedlove saying that "Russia is preparing for a new offensive": http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/russia-may-be-readying-for-new-ukraine-offensive-nato-commander-philip-breedlove-759650
- A report that the Italian Foreign Minister has suggested that Kiev "provide autonomy to The Donbass": http://ukrainiancrisis.net/news/10450
- And this new report from just "these last hours" that the Kiev army suffered today its worst losses in three weeks: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-06/ukrainian-army-suffers-deadliest-day-in-3-weeks-in-blow-to-truce
But it's the second half of the show (beginning at around the 18:00 mark) to which I beg you to give your full attention. Remember that Professor Cohen is a professor of Russian Studies and History so he knows the details of Russian losses in WWII better than almost anyone. For example, do you know that:
- Russia lost nearly 27MM citizens in the war, roughly 14% of the population. This compares to 0.6% of the British population and 0.3% of the U.S. population.
- At least 60% of every Russian nuclear family lost a family member in the war.
- Of every 100 high school graduates of the Class of 1941 that was conscripted into the army, only 3 survived.
- There are still 3MM soldiers still officially listed as Missing in Action from WWII, compared to 74,000 from the U.S.
Once you comprehend the historical impact of these losses, you begin to understand why Ukraine Crisis is so important to Russia, its leaders and its people. Again, I beg you, please take the time to listen to this extremely important podcast.