China and Russia have the same problem. The US, in its relentless, ongoing effort to bring the entire planet under submission to low wage US based Neoliberal plantation Capitalism, US workers included, has expanded NATO up to Russia's borders and surrounded it with missile batteries placed in former Soviet satellite countries, a project furthered by last year's US organized coup of Ukraine's elected president by US-organized Ukrainian fascist parties by which the US hopes to bring Ukraine into NATO's orbit, and subsequent economic sanctions by the US and its European clients.
The US with its "Pivot to Asia" is also now surrounding China in the same way, by expanding its military alliances with Pacific Rim countries like Australia to include positioning US troops there, and via trade agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, and is fostering a never ending series of border disputes between China and US military allies South Korea and Japan over insignificant little islands in the high seas.
Say what you will about Vladmir Putin, about Russian homophobia laws, about Russia's particular version of crony Capitalism that has made Putin and his allies rich at the expense of Russia's masses -- a system by the way that was put into place by slavish US mascot Boris Yeltsin under the direction of Neoliberal US advisers whose "shock therapy" put the Russian economy into the deep recession that brought about Putin's rise to power. Say what you will about all of it, Russia hasn't attacked anyone outside its borders, nor has China.
The reckless belligerence of the US toward them, and it's reckless, endless and ongoing Middle Eastern Wars that have left that region in ruins and left the US despised by millions of people, fueling violent religious extremism all over the world, could well lead to some kind of celebration in the future in which their survivors commemorate victory over ours.
Meanwhile we'll have to live with the consequences of US policy: an already bloated military budget that continues to swell, an education system starved of resources, a decaying infrastructure, and declining living standards as the rich have their taxes lowered ever more and working class families are made to shoulder the financial burden of US attempts to expand the hegemony of its brand of Capitalism to the ends of the earth through military might.
Pictures From VE Day
Although the consequences of US economic and military imperialism are devastating, the US snubbing of VE Day can also be seen as a cheap political stunt by the Obama Administration and its kowtowed allies intended to try to keep the media spotlight off Russia as part of its ongoing efforts to demonize Russia and Putin and prepare the US public for its aggression versus Russia. Part of which decision no doubt has to do with the recognition in recent years by scholars and historians that the US actually didn't have much to do with ending World War II in Europe compared to the role the Russian army, and the Russian people, played in defeating Hitler's vast military machine.
Below are some pictures from the many celebrations in cities across Russia for VE Day, some from the media and some screen shots I took. But for a couple of token aknowledgements the US government ignored VE Day and seems to be pretty much done honoring the sacrifices our "greatest generation" made to stop Hitler.
|Vladivostok. I've always enjoyed saying the word Vladivostok|
|Many Russians carried photos of relatives who died in the war|
|Putin holding a picture of his father, who was in the navy|