East of Europe 15,000,000 to 20,000,000 Chinese people suffered a similar fate and in Japan where the USA sent two nuclear bombs for debatable reasons 2,500,000 to 3,000,000 died.
Populations were ravaged and Russia along with western allies played its part in securing peace.
In 2015 the process of demonising Russia and its people is underway again. Intimidation by NATO forces flexing muscles around Europe is ongoing.
But today we remember all of the brave and in some cases the foolish who gave so much for peace.
And that should include all our allies.
But history is selective. As a child at school and in the home you are taught your country's version of world events, what is important and what is not and that leaves too many of us blinkered.
Russia is staging a huge WWII victory parade Saturday but it has been snubbed by the UK and USA.
What price a Russian war hero’s life? Not much in the West it seems.
The stupidity that can lead to the insanity of war; BBC News reports "The US, Australia, Canada and most of the EU heads of state have declined to send a representative in protest at Russia's actions in Ukraine. Sir Nicholas Soames, a former defence minister and grandson of Winston Churchill, is the UK government's representative, but is not attending the parade. He will lay a wreath in Moscow and attend the official reception."
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