[Marxism] Fwd: Commenting on the Ukrainian War | LeftEast

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Dec 18 04:32:31 MST 2014

Just before the opening of the festival in Warsaw, on September 29th, 
Lech Wałęsa gave the Peace Award to Oleh Tyahnybok, the leader of the 
Ukrainian radical right-wing party “Svoboda” in the other Polish city of 
Gdańsk. While giving this prize, Wałęsa said: “Today we give this award 
to the people who personify Maidan and the struggle of the Ukrainian 
society”. Tyahnybok briefly replied that this award is also presented to 
“the whole Ukrainian nation, which defeated the totalitarian regime” [4].

The most interesting fact for us here is neither that it was the 
Ukrainian far right nationalist who got a peace prize as the 
representative of “the entire nation”, nor that it happened under the 
auspices of a political circle of Polish nationalists, even including 
former leader of “Solidarity” labour union. More important for us here 
is the fact that in the international arena the well-known Ukrainian 
nationalist party was recognised and personified as “the face” of Maidan 
or even “the face’’ of the whole country, even though the Eastern and 
Southern parts of Ukraine (namely Donbass and Crimea) have never 
identified themselves with O. Tyahnybok’s face and nationalistic 
ideology whether in terms of their national identity, spoken language or 
general culture code.

full: http://www.criticatac.ro/lefteast/commenting-on-war/

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