Who’s The Bravest Of Them All?
Well, which reflected image did you choose? For me, it was an easy choice. It was the following.
For those of you not familiar with this woman, it’s Valentina Melnikova, and I have described her as follows at Moon of Alabama blog (link here) since they dare not mention her at that anti-American pro-Russian venue.
Who’s braver, Valentina Melnikova or most of the commentators at this space? I’m going with the former in spades. She puts all of you to shame and for shame. She doesn’t carry water for Putin and instead challenges his lies.
And guess what? She’s Russian unlike many of you (at least that’s my assumption but perhaps many of you are Russian and I’m wrong about that). It’s not surprising she hasn’t been covered or mentioned at this blog.
I will cover it at mine. I want her memory and accomplishments documented so when she meets her not-so-mysterious demise within the next year, she’ll be commemorated for bravely standing up to a murderer in stark contrast to the cowards who frequent this space.
Valentina Melnikova puts Colonel Pat Mustard and all his Special Forces goons who haunt his space to shame and shows them up for the cowards they truly are. She stands up to and confronts tyrannical power. They not only cower before it but go a step further and carry water for it. Sickening.
All that American taxpayer money over the years and this it what it got the Americans — ranking officers, past and present, cowering before, taking cover from and aiding and abetting with words and sentiment tyrannical aggressors like Putin. It doesn’t get much worse than that.
Go Valentina — you’re ten times the Man these spineless imps never hoped to be but pretended they were and are.
Posted by: Cold N. Holefield | Sep 1, 2014 9:41:46 AM | 19
Rather than reinventing the wheel and describing to you myself what and who this brave woman is, I’ll let WAPO do it for me per the article at this link.
What does Russia tell the mothers of soldiers killed in Ukraine? Not much.
They are the nameless ones. The faceless ones. Called the “men in green,” they are a group of hundreds, if not thousands, of Russians fighting in Ukraine with neither identifying insignia nor official documents — soldiers in everything but name. Instead, they’re called “volunteers.” They’re called “vacationers.” They’re “blood brothers,” as rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko described the Russians crossing the border to fight alongside him.
But such anonymity, which helps Moscow pretend that no Russian soldier fights in Ukraine, comes at a high cost. Rights groups, activists and local journalists now allege that Russia, already burdened with a dark history of soldier abuse, has suppressed the truth of its own killed soldiers, obfuscated details of their demise and buried some of the dead in unmarked graves to hide their role in Ukraine. And Russia’s response if its soldiers are caught: They’re wanderers who “accidentally” crossed the border.
Valentina Melnikova, who leads the Soldiers’ Mothers Committee, told the Daily Beast she was “personally humiliated as a citizen of the Russian Federation by our commander-in-chief’s pure, direct crime.” She said Russian President Vladimir Putin is “violating not only international laws, not only the Geneva Convention, [he] also is breaking Russian Federation law about defense. And as for the [Russian airborne commander], we should be too disgusted to even mention his name. He forces his servicemen to fight in a foreign state, Ukraine, illegally, while mothers receive coffins with their sons, anonymously.”
Another rights activist said he got a call from a Russian mother. The woman said her son’s remains were dropped off at her house last week. The accompanying documents said he had died of wounds — but there was no mention of where he died. “She called other soldiers who served with her son,” Sergei Krivenko, of Russia’s Presidential Human Rights Council, told USA Today. “These aren’t just civilians, but people who are following [military] orders. That is why we asked that these deaths be investigated.”
More at link
No one in that list of reflected images besides this woman Valentina has the nerve, the temerity, the gall or the guts to stand up to Putin’s lies and terror. In fact, more than a few on that list not only don’t stand up to Putin’s tyrannical lying and deceit, but instead carry his water and provide political cover for him by disseminating his propaganda and justifying and rationalizing his aggressive expansionism .
Considering Putin’s history of eliminating those who challenge him so directly and explicitly, I don’t expect this to end well for this brave woman. She will meet an untimely demise and Putin’s henchmen, at his behest, will find a way to cowardly dispose of her. It won’t be done the same way they did Anna Politkovskaya. It will be done much more slyly and clandestinely.
By C. J. CHIVERS
Published: October 8, 2006
Anna Politkovskaya, the veteran Russian journalist and author who made her name as a searing critic of the Kremlin and its policies in Chechnya, was found dead on Saturday in her apartment building, shot in the head with a pistol, the authorities and her colleagues said.
Ms. Politkovskaya, 48, was a journalist with few equals in Russia. She was a special correspondent for the Novaya Gazeta newspaper and had become one of the country’s most prominent human rights advocates.
In recent years, as the Russian news media faced intensifying pressure under the administration of President Vladimir V. Putin, she maintained her outspoken stance. And she became an international figure who often spoke abroad about a war she called “state versus group terrorism.”
She was a strident critic of Mr. Putin, whom she accused of stifling civil society and allowing a climate of official corruption and brutality.
She was found dead by a neighbor shortly after 5 p.m. A Makarov 9-millimeter pistol had been dropped at her side, the signature of a contract killing, Vitaly Yaroshevsky, the deputy editor of Novaya Gazeta, said in a telephone interview.
“We are certain that this is the horrible outcome of her journalistic activity,” he said. “No other versions are assumed.”
In Washington, the State Department spokesman, Sean McCormack, said the United States “urges the Russian government to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation in order to find, prosecute and bring to justice all those responsible for this heinous murder.”
The former Soviet president Mikhail S. Gorbachev, a shareholder of the newspaper where Ms. Politkovskaya worked, called her killing “a savage crime.”
“It is a blow to the entire democratic, independent press,” he told the Interfax news agency. “It is a grave crime against the country, against all of us.”
Accounts about where she died conflicted, with some law enforcement authorities saying she was found inside the entrance of her apartment building and others saying she was in the elevator.
The police said a security video camera had recorded the image of her presumed killer: a tall young man in dark clothes and a black baseball cap. They said a search for him had begun.
Ms. Politkovskaya, who had two adult children, had worked for Novaya Gazeta since 1999, and covered the second Chechen war and the terrorist siege of a Moscow theater in 2002. One of her books, “A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya,” recorded her impressions of the war’s unrelenting and often macabre cruelty, and the manifest corruption of many of its participants.
She wrote of torture, mass executions, kidnappings to gain ransom and to eliminate rebel suspects, and the sale by Russian soldiers of Chechen corpses to their families for proper Islamic burial. Her writing cemented her place as one of the war’s most vocal domestic critics.
“The army and police, nearly 100,000 strong, wander around Chechnya in a state of complete moral decay,” she wrote. “And what response could one expect but more terrorism, and the recruitment of new resistance fighters?”
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has been one of the world’s more difficult and dangerous countries for journalists. The climate has continued in recent years; at least 12 journalists have been killed in Russia in contract-style murders since 2000, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
None has been solved, including the contract killing in 2004 of Paul Klebnikov, the American editor of Forbes magazine’s Russian-language edition.
Ms. Politkovskaya had received death threats in the past, and at least once had left the country fearing for her safety. In 2004 she claimed to have been poisoned while en route on an airplane to cover the public school siege in Beslan; she passed out on the flight but survived. Mr. Yaroshevsky also said that Novaya Gazeta had briefly placed her under protective guard a few years ago.
But as prosecutors opened an investigation into what they called premeditated murder, her colleagues expressed astonishment that she had been killed in such a fashion, saying her public stature had seemed to lend her an aura of invincibility.
“She was doing such risky things for such a long time that it seemed she had transcended the danger,” said Tanya Lokshina, chairwoman of Center Demos, a Moscow-based human rights organization. “I am ashamed to say it, but we all felt she was next to a monument, and that she was an icon.”
Ms. Lokshina said she had been with Ms. Politkovskaya two weeks ago in Stockholm, and that nothing seemed out of order. “She never spoke about any current threats,” she said. “Everything seemed quite normal. She seemed happy and never referred to anything suspicious.”
Mr. Yaroshevsky said that Ms. Politkovskaya had been at work on Saturday finishing an article for the Monday paper about torturers in the government of Ramzan A. Kadyrov, the pro-Kremlin premier of Chechnya. He said the story included evidence and pictures.
In an interview in April with The New York Times, Ms. Politkovskaya said she had evidence of torture in Chechnya by Mr. Kadyrov’s police and other gunmen, including at least one witness who had been tortured by Mr. Kadyrov himself. Mr. Kadyrov has always vigorously denied such allegations.
Mr. Yaroshevsky said there were no immediate theories about who might be behind her killing, and noted that it might be convenient for an enemy of Mr. Kadyrov to kill Ms. Politkovskaya in order to blacken the Chechen premier’s name.
The paper had been expecting her to file the article on Saturday night, he said, and she had apparently been killed after she left her apartment for a trip to a nearby store. The RTR television station reported that investigators believed that she had been followed throughout the day.
I put Pee Wee Herman in that reflected image line-up not because he’s not brave, I don’t know whether he is or not, but because compared to some of the traitorous cowards in that line-up what he went to jail for in Sarasota, Fl. was benign in comparison to what many of these scum are doing in aiding and abetting Putin’s obvious aggression, especially Col. Mustard.
How is that bastard not in jail when Pee Wee Herman gets jailed for something much less pernicious? Pee Wee gets jailed for whacking off in a porno movie theater yet some of these creeps aid and abet a tyrant like Putin right out in public for all to see and the “authorities” look the other way like it isn’t happening. Nice double standard. These apologists and water carriers are engaging in public indecency with their fellating of Putin in broad daylight for the world to see. It surely has been a Summer of Love for Putin and his Western fans.
Anyway, I have created this blog post for posterity because I want more people to know there are still some brave people in the world and I want them to be commemorated and remembered in case anything were to happen to them unexpectedly — or expectedly.
If you know of any other brave souls like Valentina and Anna please let me know by leaving a comment. Also, feel free to add to the list of cowards and traitors amongst us — it’s a growing list, I know, but we should feel obliged to give these cretins the recognition they most certainly deserve.
Putin’s 1st 9/11 — a warm-up.