The South Will Rise Again…In Kiev?

One reason I’m leery of foreign entanglements is that they require understanding people in different countries and cultures. Given that many U.S.-ians don’t even understand each other, this seems difficult.

However, this photo from Kiev City Hall makes no sense to me:

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In the upper-right of the photograph, you’ll notice the Confederate Bars and Stars. Because nothing says freedom like the American Swastika (congratulations, you’ve just alienated a huge swath of the U.S., though you have the Nathan Bedford Forrest fans locked down; boldface mine):

That flag is the symbol of our nation’s greatest failing, slavery. There has been no mistake in this nation’s history that has caused as much human suffering. I don’t know what’s more shameful: that we as a nation supported and bolstered this indefensible cruelty for so many generations, or that when the time came for us to give it up, a million men who called themselves Americans chose to fight and kill their fellow citizens rather than give up their right to torture their fellow Americans.

If I were in a foreign country and someone hung that flag on the wall, I would take it as a personal insult.

That thing shouldn’t just be taken down, it should be BURNED. It’s an insult to every American, Northern and Southern.

Then again, there also seems to be a Celtic Cross as well, so…fuck.

We are so out of our depth on this.

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4 Responses to The South Will Rise Again…In Kiev?

  1. As far as I’m concerned, the Russians can have the place.

  2. realthog says:

    They seem to be hanging the flags of all the countries they regard as allies. Perhaps they simply got the wrong flag for the US?

    Depressing for a Scot to know that the Celtic cross has been appropriated by racist shitheads.

  3. Jim Sweeney says:

    Maybe they just hung up all the flags they had. It’s a pretty random assortment.

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