By Alexander Maysuryan
September 16: The equestrian monument of the Confederate slaveholders’ General Robert E. Lee was removed in Dallas. I draw your attention to a remarkable poster held by an opponent of the demolition: “The radical left is erasing American history.”
“Radical left.” People in the U.S. themselves have a great understanding of who is now redefining the history of the U.S., throwing out (quite rightly!) from their honorable places the defenders of slavery, racism and oppression. There’s a path for them – and it leads to the dustbin of history! Only for some reason, some Russians imagine that the cleansing of American history of its Kolchaks, Denikins, Wrangels, Banderas and other defenders of the past is not an achievement of the left, but rather a “distraction” and “insidious trap of Hillary Clinton.”
It would be great if the former USSR finally removed its monuments of Kolchak, Wrangel, Kornilov, Petlyura, Nicholas II and other bastards (shot or not) who lost our Civil War, as the people in the U.S. are doing with the losers among their “citizens.” But for us such a total purge, alas, is far away. We can only watch in envy.
Among those opposed to removing the “slaveholders,” who are now respectfully and delicately called “Confederates,” the main argument is that if the monument stood for 50 years, then it should not be touched. Even if it is a monument to Generalissimo Franco, Marshal Mannerheim or Boris Nikolaevich Yeltsin. Hey… If you only knew, gentlemen and comrades, how sorry I feel for all these monuments — yes, yes, General Lee, President Davis and all the rest, not to mention Columbus! I’m not joking. As a historian, or at least a person who cares about history, I’m very sorry for them. I’ll say more. I’m sorry for the Bastille — what an architectural monument
the vandals destroyed!
Such historical value! How many years it stood, not a miserable fifty, but over four centuries, from 1371 to 1789! And they did not spare it, the rabble, they broke it up, they dismantled such a unique antiquity and wrote in mockery on its ruins: “ici l’on danse, ah ça ira, ah ça ira!” (“Here we dance and everything will be fine!”). They just want to dance the dance, these brainless leftists,
horses be damned. It’s just a carnival to them, you see. And for the connoisseur of history, culture and architecture of this time, I want to weep from grief.
|The Paris Commune topples the Vendôme Column|
“Article One and only — the column on Vendôme Square will be destroyed.”
Well, it’s true, the Versailles government organized the slaughter of these same Communards and solemnly erected a new column on their bones. So it’s alright.