Managing Editor for TGNR (tgnreview.com), noted public speaker, interviewer and emerging historian of the Second World War.
It never ceases to amaze the lengths censors will go on the mainland to halt references to Tiananmen. In doing so, it seems they inadvertently draw attention to the very event whose memory they wish to quash. Yet what is most baffling, many are not even sure the Chinese government itself knows the actual identity of the now world famous, “Tank Man.”
Putin is actively sanitizing the Soviet despot; overlooking Stalinist era crimes in general to use his image for Russian national aggrandizement. Namely mythologizing Stalin by neatly removing his Marxist-Leninist fanaticism, and focusing wholly on his making the Soviet Union a nuclear armed super power that defeated the Nazi’s - all of the which was achieved with complete disregard for human life. What is disturbing however is that this narrative has become the standard in Russia today, dismissing the gross atrocities past to a new generation who is learning less and less of those crimes. However I do not know what is more bothersome: That Stalin is being let off the hook in the former Soviet Union, or popularly in the West as well.
It is comforting to see the world contributing so generously toward Notre-Dame’s reconstruction. Unfortunately for a cathedral some 850 years old, you can only replace so much of what’s been lost. Cultural items very much fall within the Ship of Theseus paradox.