I appreciate Twitchy favorite @bonchieredstate for drawing my attention to this POLITICO piece. As you know, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the Canadian Parliament gave not one but two standing ovations to a World War II veteran who'd fought against the Russians … who happened to be our allies at the time. That didn't ring a bell with anyone … he fought the Russians, so let's give him a round of applause.
I bring this up because when POLITICO wrote their take on the debacle, they referred to Yaroslav Hunka as "Nazi-linked."
Nazi-linked veteran received ovation during Zelenskyy’s Canada visithttps://t.co/q6OIcdSzKM.— POLITICO (@politico) September 24, 2023
He wasn't "Nazi-linked" … he was a full-blown Nazi.
We are going to get a wave of "yeah, well, the 14th Waffen SS weren't actually convicted of war crimes" apologetics. Get ready.— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) September 25, 2023
When you're right, you're right:
"It can be a gift to propagandists who exploit the appeal of simplicity" — like Parliament, right? I honestly don't know what keeps so many "journalists" from quitting their jobs out of shame.
How did an apologetic claiming the 14th Waffen SS didn't commit war crimes and therefore weren't all nazis make it past Politico's editors?— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) October 2, 2023
The division literally massacred an entire Polish village. pic.twitter.com/cMsYiy0Shl
As I reported recently, Secretary of State Antony Blinken brought up the anniversary of the massacre and got hit with Community Notes filling in the gaps he left:
Soviet prisoners of war (POWs) were among the people who were massacred at Babyn Yar. The Soviets liberated Babyn Yar and Kiev in 1943. The Soviets held a trial in 1946 in Kiev for 15 German policemen involved in the Babyn Yar massacres.
As POLITICO would say, "It's complicated."