Top link above: American GIs liberating Auschwitz. Oops! Sorry, did I say Americans? No, they were the Red Army.
Bottom link: Here is the historically challenged US vice-president Mike Pence at the World Holocaust Forum in Israel, infamously not saying that the soldiers who liberated Auschwitz were Soviet. The poor thing just couldn't bring himself to say it. It must be horrible to be a US politician. You are manoeuvring in a mine field, unable to tell the truth and obliged to obfuscate on many issues. But wait, the average Joe in the West faces the same problem. Just yesterday one of our posts was removed without warning or explanation. It related to a topic that apparently is now banned. With Assange now facing extradition for a putative crime that does not exist, every Westerner with a tendency to ask questions or express non-PC thoughts is a target and no one is safe from the thought police.
Vince Dhimos answered another biased question at Quora.
Why has Russia been, for decades, a traditional enemy of Israel? What did the Israelis ever do to them?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
This question is more of a statement and it is erroneous. Russia has never been a traditional enemy of Israel ever. Now if the querier had asked why Russia has always been blamed for being an enemy of Israel, that would have been more accurate. The Soviet Union was the country that sent more of its people to Israel than any other, but only Jews who wanted to go. 20% of Israelis were born in Russia and many more are descended from them. Not only that, Putin frequently meets with Netanyahu and is so friendly with him that the Russian people are annoyed, as can be seen by reading the forums of Russian news sites.
And as for traditional enemies of the Jews, no nation under the sun has come anywhere near to Germany in terms of persecuting Jews. The Holocaust and concentration camps like Auschwitz were not located in Russia, of course, and Russia bitterly opposed Hitler’s persecution of the Jews. Auschwitz was in Poland, run by German Nazis, and who was it that liberated these Jewish prisoners? Yes, it was the Russians. So how are they traditional enemies of the Jews? Only in someone’s overheated imagination.
This myth of Russia as an enemy of the Jews was first popularized by Charles Scofield, the author of the commentaries in the Scofield Bible. Scofield’s footnote at the bottom of the first page of Ezekiel 38 (p. 883) started a pernicious myth among English-speaking Christians, particularly Americans, who have a tendency to read the Bible through the prism of Bible “scholars,” and for decades, Scofield was their favourite "scholar." Many US fundamentalists have believed since the publication of the Scofield Bible in 1909, that Scofield was inspired by God to write his footnotes. Thus, while Protestants criticised the Catholics for insisting that only the priests were qualified to read and understand the Bible, Protestants eventually adopted the same kind of man-centred principles in their doctrines, holding mostly doctrines that some Bible “scholar” had invented. In 1909, on said p. 883, Scofield added a note to Ezekiel’s description of the battle of Armageddon, that he would not have written if he had lived through WW II by that time. He wrote:
“That the primary reference is to the northern (European), headed up by Russia, all agree. ..... “Gog” is the prince, “Magog” is his land.”
This gave rise to the belief – which lasted in US Christian circles until far into the 20th Century and beyond, including the present day – that Gog and Magog were a man and a place, respectively, in Russia. But Assyrian court records discovered after this was written show that Gog and Magog were places in what is now Turkey. Thus, standard Christian views were forged by fallible men with faulty logic.
Scofield continues (remember, it was 1909 and no one had yet heard of the Holocaust in the Third Reich):
“Russia and the northern powers have been the latest persecutors of dispersed Israel.”
Note that Scofield does not say which of the northern powers he is referring to. Certainly, if he had had even the slightest inkling which ones they were, he would have mentioned them. In mentioning only Russia, he is infecting most of Protestantism with a pernicious fear and distrust of Russia that has persisted to this day.
Thus in one footnote, Scofield, through the fruits of his vivid imagination, has set the tone for US-led foreign policy for over a century to come, effectively endorsing a fear and distrust of Russia that extended into Western foreign policy, carried by “Christian” Zionists, also willing victims of Scofield’s warped ideas.
Thus this one man’s notes on Israel and its supposed future enemies has contributed greatly to the phenomenon we call Russophobia, which, BTW, got its start in his homeland, England, where it held sway by the middle of the 19th Century and was no doubt the primary impediment to relations between Europe and Russia. In fact, it seems likely that Scofield’s view of Russia was shaped not by his reading of the scriptures but by good old fashioned English Russophobia.
The following is my translation of part of an article from the Kremlin site:
Владимир Путин встретился с представителями еврейских общин России
“The President of Russia declared the need to put a barrier to xenophobia and religious extremism in society.
“Russia is a unique country, said the head of state, where for centuries, Christianity, Judaism and Muslim culture not only coexisted but were in harmony. According to the President, this fusion is the basis of the strength of the multinational Russian people.”
Contrast this with America, where, despite many years of human relations based on biased race and religion-based foreign policy, little if anything has been learned. A president has forged and enforced an immigration policy denying access to people because they are Muslims (but only enforced against Shiites, not the more dangerous Sunni Wahhabists) and US planes have bombed and killed thousands of Muslims for reasons that no one has ever been able to adequately articulate, except that they were Shiites and the US is partial to Sunnis [as explained here: http://www.newsilkstrategies.com/military-affairs/vince-on-quora-which-of-us-global-inteventions-were-purely-well-motivated]. As for the Jews and Israel, there are no attempts to actually keep Israel secure, for example. US policies simply give Israel what it thinks it wants, generally by military and propaganda support, thereby putting the people of Israel in grave danger of retaliation. Pulling out of the Iran deal did nothing but infuriate the Iranians and Hezbollah but nothing to promote understanding (in fact the murder of Soleimani was in part a desperate attempt to keep him from going through with a planned peace initiative for rapprochement between Iran and Saudi). Tolerating the abuse of Palestinians indulges Israel but does not help it learn how to deal with others in a civilized way. In the final analysis, these war-centred policies not only do not help Israel, they actually expose it to the gravest of dangers and therefore, ultimately, are in fact anti-Semitic – the opposite of what they purport to be. The rumour that the US had been at one time preparing a strike on the Tehran nuclear power plant does not help bring peace to Israel, quite the opposite. If the US strikes, there is a good chance that Iran will strike Tel Aviv, and it may use enough missiles to swarm the air defences in such a way that many missiles will get through and actually destroy a large part of Tel Aviv. They may also strike a US aircraft carrier, but none of this is a high-priority concern to Trump who is obssessed with giving Israel what it demands. Everyone knows that if the Iran deal had been kept intact, none of this would be happening. It is a perverse kind of racism that threatens Israel and can easily get thousands of Israelis killed. But in the final analysis, for the US Extablishment, it is a matter of doing what they want, not giving them what they need, and though it may seem to the blindly naive like a love of Israel on the surface, it is merely an indulgence of the religious beliefs of the American “Christian” Zionists and of the Israelis, with no thought given to possible consequences. Is it not a soft kind of anti-Semitism?
Russia too deals with Israel and never harshly, but at the same time, refuses to go along with the abuse of Palestinians and sets limits as to what they may bomb in Syria.
Russia is the only true friend they have.