Thursday, September 30, 2010

My response to Peter Hitchens' anti-Ukrainian article

This is my response to Peter Hitchens' dreadful recent article in the Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1315318/As-Ukrainians-force-Russians-turn-their-language-change-names-I-ask-Is-worlds-absurd-city.html)

Picking up Mr Hitchens' poor analogy, I will attempt to offer a better, more topical one:



Supposing, after years of economic and political pressure, a new government came to power in the Republic of Ireland that was pro-British, backed by big business and media owners even though an enormous chunk of the population was against it.

Supposing this new government allowed a British military base on Irish territory, and allowed it to remain indefinitely.

Supposing the new Irish Prime Minister withdrew an official website which had detailed the sufferings of the Irish Potato Famine, and that the new authorities attempted to absolve Britain of all historical responsibility for the deaths of 1 million people.

Supposing they appointed an education minister of Ireland who hated Irish culture, advocated the teaching of an imperialist British view of history in schools, and opposed the use and promotion of the Gaelic language.

Supposing the British Prime Minister had been quoted as saying that the dismantling of the British Empire was the biggest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.

Supposing that the actions of the current Irish government were pushing Ireland closer and closer to being reabsorbed into the UK.

Perhaps this better illustrates the reality in Ukraine in 2010.

Or perhaps Mr Hitchens thinks the Republic of Ireland is an 'annoying mini state' too? Quite likely.

3 comments:

Vasyl said...

One has to remember what colour Mr. Hitchens wears...According to what seems to be the world's <A HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Hitchens>encyclopedia</A> now:

"Hitchens studied politics at the University of York from 1970 to 1973.
He was a Trotskyist member of the International Socialists from
1969 to 1975, and joined the British Labour Party in 1977,..."

Your, analogy which you used was bang on.

Thanks.

Pawlina said...

I absolutely agree with Vasyl that your analogy was bang on.

The one Hitchens drew in his dreadful article was totally (to use his word) absurd.

Speaking of analogies, I'd say Hitchens' writings on Ukraine could be compared to those of Walter Duranty, a compatriot of an earlier era.

Jonathan Hibberd said...

Thanks for your comments.

Sad to see such defence of the 'wounded bear' only 2 years after the invasion of Georgia and in the very week that the Orange Revolution was officially reversed.