To the editor:
While I would agree with most of Monika Hudecova’s arguments about the current economic, political and moral state of the world, expressed in her insightful letter, Russia Plays Out Political Game Its Own Way (March 20 Capital News), a couple of her direct statements need clarification.
1. Yes, the U.S. had invested $5 billion, but it did so over the span of some 22 years, since 1991, not within the last few months, as she implies.
2. The Ukrainian Svoboda (or Freedom) Party is a right wing nationalist party, not a Nazi party, thus similar to such parties in Austria and France, and received about 10.5 per cent of the vote during the last election, which gave it the proportionate number of seats in the Ukrainian parliament. It was formed by the merger of a few small parties, one of which chose the unfortunate name, National Socialist Party for itself, which is why Mr. Putin refers to them as “Nazis.”
And yes, while some of the Svoboda Party’s current activities might seem rather harsh by contemporary Western standards, one has to consider the revolutionary atmosphere there, before judging them. To blame them for the killing of the protesters, plainly shot by the police special forces snipers, would require a valid proof, otherwise it would also disqualify most of her otherwise solid observations as equally flawed.
In conclusion, I can express my hope that, in the long run, things will turn out better for the Ukrainian people than they did for most of the population of the former East European countries, whose disappointment with the outcome was summed up by a Slovenian writer: “We dreamt of freedom, only to wake up in capitalism.”
Wence Horak, Kelowna