War in Ukraine: If Eastern Europeans Talked About Us Like We Do About Them, This Is What It Could Look Like

A view of the passage of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Northern Europe.

Can you imagine if Eastern Europeans talked about the rest of the world using the same clichés, tropes, stereotypes and propaganda commonly used about them?

As you can see, Ireland is overwhelmingly pro-London. White areas are where English speakers live and where there would be no resistance to an English invasion.

Much of the United States voted for the pro-Russian party – including Alaska, which is historically Russian anyway (the mistake of Tsar Alexander II). A referendum on unification with Russia held under the occupation would solve America’s political problems.

How can countries expect to be taken seriously as viable states anyway when they elect an artist to the presidency? Do you really think this simple actor can stand up to Russia?

Britain was never an imperial power because, as you can see, it never participated in the colonization of Eastern Europe. He just had to fight defensive wars elsewhere, which doesn’t count because they developed their colonies.

They are artificial states which owe their existence to Great Britain, but they are simply confused because they really form a brother people with the British. We must respect Britain’s historical sphere of influence.

Unfortunately, there are still “hawks” in these places who take the “radical” position that their sovereignty must be respected and things like genocide must stop.

Rather than listening to people who actually live in countries that have gained independence from Britain, it is more important that we understand the mysterious British soul.

Obviously, English people have the right to protect their English speakers throughout the English world in any way they choose.

These people don’t have an agency anyway. Any decision they make today not in the interest of their [grand voisin / ancien dirigeant impérial] should rather be attributed to Eastern Europeans as a foreign-backed color revolution.

Speaking of foreign-backed color revolutions…

“Cancel culture! »

Another provocation!

Algeria oppresses its French speakers!

France in fact has a legal sovereign right to transport sanctioned goods overland through South American countries under all circumstances to its enclave. [sic]. Otherwise, he can revoke the independence of these countries. Why start World War III on Suriname?

This area in red has seen violence for the past thousand years, so any issues or conflicts there today are just complicated ancient tribal disputes. [même lorsqu’un agresseur les a envahis de manière flagrante]. How can we get involved when they have this story?

These countries in red have extremists within their population and therefore need to be denazified urgently [indépendamment du fait qu’il s’agisse d’une démocratie moderne où les extrémistes n’ont pas pu être élus et le pays qui dénazifie a un extrémisme épidémique et institutionnalisé].

These countries in red have experienced a kind of political crisis, which obviously requires military intervention from its [grand voisin ou ancien dirigeant impérial]… [même lorsqu’il l’a délibérément générée].

They should have simply respected international treaties with [leur grand voisin / ancien dirigeant impérial]… [même si tout cela dit que ce pays doit respecter sa souveraineté].

Switzerland is totally surrounded by Germany and its proxies, puppet states. How can we expect the Swiss army to remain peacefully within its borders under these circumstances?

Look how the territory of the EU has shrunk. How not to expect that this humiliation by provocateurs leads to a military conflict? The EU is only reestablishing what is historically EU territory.

This guy is obviously an Estonian spy imposed on the country.

France was founded in 1944 when it gained independence amid the collapse of the Nazi Empire and began its experiment as an independent democracy. (Any prior history of their statehood and its continuation in international law during the occupation can be ignored).

And remember to always define countries by their previous occupation, even if that’s not even relevant to the topic.

The small ex-Nazi state of Belgium was eliminated in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup.

Western Europe is home to many Eastern European expats who often stay temporarily, but there is still a significant brain drain as Western European immigrants move to places where economic growth is faster in recent decades, such as Eastern Europe.

If you want to know more about the world, remember, don’t listen to local journalists but rather to correspondents based 1000 km away in the capital of a large neighboring country who have been 100% wrong about major developments in during the last decades. .

Denmark is located at the gates of Germany. When his troops conduct regular exercises anywhere in the country, it is “on the German border”. I think “Denmark” actually translates to “German border land”.

Minority language speakers all have a unique worldview, which can be easily summed up without even speaking to them. It’s not like they have complex identities, different life experiences, multilingual skills, generational shifts, and decades of mixing and integrating.

And, of course, wars aren’t really fought by an invading army against an invaded country. It really is a proxy war waged by [quel que soit le pays que vous estimez avoir une agence qui soutient le pays envahi].

England and Germany are brother peoples because they both speak Germanic languages. Their brotherly “Battle of Britain” in 1940 could have been avoided if we had simply reminded both sides that they are brothers.

Atlantico: In your opinion, what are the main clichés and tropes used by Western European countries about Eastern Europe? Where do these stereotypes come from?

Bad Baltic Takes: These perceptions of Eastern Europe are primarily shaped by Russian imperialism in its various incarnations. Russia has not come to terms with its imperial past, but continues to behave like an imperial power. Around the world, however, Russian imperialism is not always treated as seriously as the historical imperialism of the West. This is partly because his empire is expanding among his neighbors rather than by ships overseas. But people who know imperialism really don’t care what mode of transport their colonizers use. From the 20th century to the present, Russian imperialism has continued, but in a renowned form and with the addition of information warfare to justify it with false narratives. We are supposed to believe that Russia’s neighbors were the ones planning some sort of coincidental attack, again just as the Russian army had amassed on their borders. A rigged annexation vote then follows the invasion.

To some extent, this Russian version of the story was too readily accepted by some in the West.

Some of this dates back to World War II. In Eastern Europe, we learn a lot about the Nazi-Soviet pact in which the two totalitarian powers agreed to carve up Eastern Europe, which sparked World War II. In Russia, this fact is heavily censored. , as if World War II only started when the Nazis attacked them. In the West, however, the pact is not so well understood. But for much of Eastern Europe, the war ended with the same Soviet occupation they had originally agreed to with the Nazis.

This brings us to the present day where Russian narratives excusing its imperialism in Eastern Europe have been too widely accepted for too long. For some, it’s as if the post-WWII rule to respect sovereignty and international law doesn’t apply here.

But that is changing. Russia has returned to blatant imperialism with its brutal invasion of Ukraine and Europe – like many around the world – is more united than ever in understanding that this cannot be accepted.

I didn’t expect this yarn to take off like it did. A lot of people in Eastern Europe could really relate to it. More encouraging though, I got incredible responses from people around the world who said it changed their perceptions. What’s also interesting is that he received almost no response from the usual Russia-supporting trolls. I think it’s because they like to drag people into a back and forth of furious debate and so they don’t really know how to respond to humor, especially when it’s based on the fact that we should all be united against imperialism in all its forms forming everywhere.

The final joke in the thread was that people should listen to Moscow-based correspondents in order to understand Eastern Europe (which many said there was no way Russia was invading Ukraine).

In fact, the best way to challenge these perceptions is to listen to local voices and help amplify them. It is the same everywhere.

To find the original Thread of Bad Baltic Takes on Twitter : Click here

War in Ukraine: If Eastern Europeans Talked About Us Like We Do About Them, This Is What It Could Look Like