Tuesday, June 26, 2012

First The Armenians, Then Then The Ukrainians, And Then The Jews


Everyone, except some Turks, acknowledges the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and the Jewish Holocaust of World War II.  But between those events came another mass killing that has been conveniently hidden or ignored for 8 decades: the Holodomor.

This wasn't about the persecution of a minority religious group as was the case in the Armenian and Jewish mass murders.  This was about the redistribution of wealth ideology of the Soviet communists.  In 1932-33, Josef Stalin ordered the pillaging of the Ukrainian farms because the peasant farmers [yes, peasants] refused to join the collectives.

Stalin brought in the army to take all of the grain for shipment back to Russia or for export sale to raise money.  Men, women, and children were sent off to Siberia to perish.  Millions of others starved to death.  Holodomor literally means "death from forced starvation."

Similar to the protestations of the Turks about the Armenian Genocide, Russians are quick to dismiss the Holodomor.  Not that they deny the famine occurred.  It's just that it was more widespread than Ukraine.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has rebuffed Ukraine’s efforts to have the famine of the 1930s recognised solely as a tragedy of the Ukrainian people. The body says the event was an international tragedy. 
Moscow’s representative to PACE has reaffirmed Russia’s position that other nations were affected by the famine. 
Holodomor, or the Great Famine, was one of the largest catastrophes to hit Ukraine during the Soviet era. Joseph Stalin's agricultural reforms affected all the grain-growing regions of the Soviet Union, such as the Urals and Kazakhstan. However, Ukraine bore the heaviest toll. 
Ukrainian historians say up to ten million people died during the famine in the early 1930s. 
The famine is thought to have been instigated by Stalin's campaign to force peasants to give up their land and join collective farms. Ukrainian wheat was shipped out of the country leaving millions without food. 
In order to survive, many resorted to cannibalism. 
The Ukrainian leadership believes the Communist regime of the time is to blame for the disaster and continues to call on Russia and other nations to recognise the event as genocide. 
“Should we act like the communists did for the last 85 years, erasing the facts from our memory?” President Viktor Yushchenko asked. 
“I don’t want my children, my family and my people to be deprived of the truth. In the village where I was born, out of 5,000 people one third didn’t survive because of the famine. We’ll be a crippled nation if we reject our history,” he said. 
Russia admits the famine was artificially engineered by the Soviet rulers and treats the actions taken by authorities at the time as criminal. However, it denies it was an early attempt at ethic cleansing. [source]
Sure, it wasn't genocide, it was just bad central planning.  Speaking of death panels....

This is why the 2nd Amendment is so important.  You say it couldn't happen here?  Why?  Our Constitution?  Read the news.  The Constitution doesn't seem to matter to the Executive Branch... and the Supreme Court???  The 10th Amendment is dead already.  The 1st Amendment is shaky at times.  The 4th Amendment is being undercut in the name of "national security." The 2nd Amendment is continually challenged by government at various levels.

The Armenians were powerless against the Ottoman Empire, the Ukrainians were powerless against Stalin's army, and the Jews were powerless against Hitler's SS.  Thanks to the 2nd Amendment, the U.S. has the largest defacto militia in the world.  The people of the U.S. are not powerless against any government.  It must be kept that way.

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Go back to 1999-2000 and see what the Fed did. They are following the same pattern for 2005-06. If it ain't broke, the Fed will fix it... and good!
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The Federal Reserve sees no need to cut interest rates in the light of adverse recent economic data, Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday.
The Fed chairman said ”to date, the incoming data have supported the view that the current stance of policy is likely to foster sustainable economic growth and a gradual ebbing in core inflation”.

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"The odds of a recession are now above 50 percent," says Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's "We are right on the edge of a recession in part because of the Fed's reluctance to reduce interest rates more aggressively." [see my comments of September 11]
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January 17, 2008 A few days ago, Anna Schwartz, nonagenarian economist, implicated the Federal Reserve as the cause of the present lending crisis [from the Telegraph - UK]:
The high priestess of US monetarism - a revered figure at the Fed - says the central bank is itself the chief cause of the credit bubble, and now seems stunned as the consequences of its own actions engulf the financial system. "The new group at the Fed is not equal to the problem that faces it," she says, daring to utter a thought that fellow critics mostly utter sotto voce.
January 22, 2008 The cut has become infected and a limb is in danger. Ben Bernanke is panicking and the Fed has its emergency triage team cutting rates... this time by 3/4%. ...

What should the Federal Reserve do now? Step back... and don't be so anxious to raise rates at the first sign of economic improvement.
Individuals and businesses need stability in their financial cost structures so that they can plan effectively and keep their ships afloat. Wildly fluctuating rates... regardless of what the absolute levels are... create problems. Either too much spending or too much fear. It's just not that difficult to comprehend. Why has it been so difficult for the Fed?

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