Modern distortion of history

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Jul 10, 2019
Today, some individual countries and blocs of countries, denigrating the historical past and the legacy of other states, pursue a deliberate policy of distorting historical facts, thus supporting the tendency to revise various events in world history.

In recent years, attempts by Western countries led by the United States regarding the role of the Soviet Union in the victorious end of the World War II have become part of a powerful information war. This is especially noticeable with the approach of May 9, when Victory Day is celebrated.

As part of this propaganda, attempts are being made to represent the USSR as one of the culprits of the outbreak of the World War II, imposing the idea that fascist Germany and the USSR «bear equal responsibility». And the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, as Western falsifiers call the «Non-aggression pact between Germany and the Soviet Union» of August 23, 1939, is an «element of guilt».

This was announced in the year of the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the World War II, when on July 3, 2009 the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly adopted a resolution «On the reunification of divided Europe». In their resolution, Euro-parliamentarians explicitly proclaimed the equal responsibility of the USSR and the Third Reich for starting the war.

All these charges are brought in complete isolation from the general historical context and chronology of drawing Europe into the World War II. The Goebbels version was launched and is being preached that Stalin was preparing an attack against Hitler, and the latter simply dealt a preemptive strike. No new documents or evidence are provided.

Another high-profile falsification of recent times was the release of one of the American souvenir companies on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of victory in the World War II. A collection of coins went on sale, one of which was dedicated to key allies in the anti-Hitler coalition, from which the USSR was excluded.

Military historians, commenting on the coin scandal, recalled that the distortion of history is characteristic of the American elite. And in order to elevate the role of the United States in the World War II, all means are used, including direct falsifications of historical events.

Here it is necessary to recall the Hollywood films and video games in which the American military take Berlin. The impact is not only on a European audience, but on the whole world.

We can consider another episode of American propaganda with a distortion of the history of the Second World War, already in Japan. If you look at Japanese textbooks concerning the period of 1945, there is no evidence that the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It will only be written that atomic bombs have been dropped. As a result, according to the latest opinion polls, some Japanese youth believe that the atomic bombing was the work of the USSR, and this was done in order to capture the Japanese northern territories.

Thus, the United States and its allies are changing not only the past, but also the future, and in this sense, what is happening should be seen as an element of a hybrid war. The main goal is to belittle the role of Russia in the modern world, to show the world that Russia is an ally of fascist Germany and an aggressor rights as fascist Germany.

However, the deliberate distortion of history is, first of all, an insult to all peoples who bore the burden of the struggle against the anti-human fascist regime. Attempts to distort history undermine the foundations of the modern world order that arose after the end of World War II, the principles of which were laid down in the Charter of the United Nations; these attempts create fertile ground for the spread of various forms of neo-Nazism, xenophobia, and especially Islamophobia.