War with the monuments – who is to be blamed first?

by Samvel Z. Harutyunyan

 

Yes, America is the greatest country indeed, a superpower, democracy number one in the world.  All the more so, it’s a high time to stop that monumental romp, and stop it as soon as possible.

Usually, a practice of erecting the monuments comes from the ancient times. Emperors and empresses, kings, queens and their family members, different kind of dictators in different countries and parts of the world, different kind of gods and goddesses, beasts, even plants, even insects and even pissing boys….. What is it? A fashion, maybe passion, and maybe people’s occupation from just having nothing to do? Oh no folks, nothing out of this. Remember other meaning or a word for ‘monument’ – memorial, and the root of this word is ‘memory’. This means, that all of the monuments were erected to memorize some people, their merits to the society and country, they served to.

First came a magazine article, that gave an idea of discussing one historical event or another, then they switched to personalities, and then it went and went……. There were many precedents in the world history, but I would like to stop on Russia, where exactly one hundred years ago a Marxist revolution has exploded the whole empire – it seemed, nothing could destroy such stabile and rich country, but that happened…. They also inspired the war with their monuments, and you should know that this gradually brought the Russian society towards the total Communist dictatorship, which stretched for decades – for more than 70 years. Do you know what they do now? They re-erect those monuments, and those which were completely destroyed – they were erected anew, generally at the same places. They wish their history to forgive them, as the monuments are parts of the country’s history, and you can’t do a thing with this, but accept.

They say: Confederates were racists. We must correct – those people, supporting the Confederacy in the U.S., they were fighting for the old system’s preservation – and the system was, unfortunately, legalizing slavery and slave-owning. Such was the history of the United States. And we must respect it, study it and be proud of it, because all those people, whose monuments are erected throughout the country, are also the part of what we have today. Yes, they also made America great, powerful and rich country. And they deserve to be memorized.

It is really necessary to stop dismounting monuments, to prevent the States from the unpredictable aftermath. To stop a real hatred, implanted by someone very clever and very prudent, those who divide the nation, and such men cannot be patriotic. This is our country, these are our heroes, and the monuments. This is our history after all. We all must respect it. And make America great again.

 

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