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ヒトラーの御法度が破られる?

 
どこかの人によればヒトラーに例えることは国際法的に御法度だそうですが、御法度を犯している人がイギリスにいたそうです。

Ellen Manning Mon, February 14, 2022, 11:02 PM·4 min read

A Labour MP has compared the actions of Vladimir Putin in Ukraine to those of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s.

The situation in the Ukraine is becoming increasingly fraught with Boris Johnson warning on Monday an invasion by Russian troops could take place within 48 hours.

こちらがそのツイート。

The real parallel with the 1930s is surely Putin’s argument about Russians and Ukrainians being the same people, which is strongly reminiscent of Hitler’s argument about the Sudeten Germans.

先ほど取り上げたMunich AgreementでのSudeten割譲がこの記事では丁寧に説明されています。

"The real parallel with the 1930s is surely Putin’s argument about Russians and Ukrainians being the same people," he wrote on Twitter. "Which is strongly reminiscent of Hitler’s argument about the Sudeten Germans."

Hitler's annexation of the Sudetenland – the northern part of former Czechoslovakia – in 1938, came after Germany claimed that a majority of the region's population were ethnically German.

With the threat of war looming over the issue, a diplomatic agreement by the British, Italian, French and Czechoslovakia leaders ceded the region to Germany in the Munich Agreement.

However, far from avert war the agreement only served to prolong it and, in March 1939, Hitler reneged on his promise and staked his claim to the rest of Czechoslovakia.

As a result, the Munich Agreement is widely seen as one of the most notable moments of failed appeasement in recent history.



このニュース関連で興味を引いたのがロシアの情報操作について語っていたもの。

2022年2月14日

未検証の話を広める
ウクライナを親ナチ国家扱い
読者コメントを世論代表に
西側の声をロシア支持の誇張に利用

「西側の声をロシア支持の誇張に利用」のところで登場していたJohn Pilgerというジャーナリストが先の議員の発言を取り上げて記事にしていました。情報戦を仕掛けているのは、プロパガンダを仕掛けているのは西側諸国だというのです。 

The model is corporate spin, the currency of the age
By JOHN PILGER FEBRUARY 20, 2022

The war hysteria that has rolled in like a tidal wave in recent weeks and months is the most striking example. Known by its jargon “shaping the narrative,” much if not most of it is pure propaganda.

The Russians are coming. Russia is worse than bad. Vladimir Putin is evil, “a Nazi like Hitler,” salivated Chris Bryant, a Labour member of the British Parliament. Ukraine is about to be invaded by Russia – tonight, this week, next week. The sources include an ex-CIA propagandist who now speaks for the US State Department and offers no evidence of his claims about Russian actions because “it comes from the US government.”

英国はウクライナでネオナチに訓練を施しているし、ナチスを非難する国連決議にも反対していると悪いのは西側だと一方的に攻め立てています。

Today, neo-Nazi Ukraine is seldom mentioned. That the British are training the Ukrainian National Guard, which includes neo-Nazis, is not news. (See Matt Kennard’s Declassified report in Consortium News on February 15.) The return of violent, endorsed fascism to 21st-century Europe, to quote Harold Pinter, “never happened ... even while it was happening.”

On December 16, the United Nations tabled a resolution that called for “combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism.” The only nations to vote against it were the United States and Ukraine.

このジャーナリストの経歴にはaward-winning journalist, filmmaker and authorとTOEICの頻出表現で紹介されていました。外国語学習だと読むのが精一杯でなかなか距離を置いて批判的に判断するのは難しいものです。というのも批判的に判断するためには、たくさんのものを読んで理解していないといけないからです。よーしウクライナ報道は日本ではダメダメだから、本場の英語のニュースを読むぞ!と意気込んで、こういうニュースに当たってしまうのは悲劇ですね。

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