Retired US Army Lieutenant General Ben Hodges has been accused of an “outright and primitive lie,” after casting doubt on the consensus that Russia lost millions of lives during World War II, claiming all the killings happened in Ukrainians.
Hodges is the former Commanding General of the US Army in Europe and now serves as a lobbyist at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), a Washington and Warsaw-based pressure group that promotes the agenda of US military contractors in East Europe.
In recent years, the Second World War has been a target for historical revisionism, with figures on both sides of the Atlantic being attacked for supposedly rewriting established truths for modern-day political gain.
While most of the rhetoric has centered around claiming responsibility for the defeat of the Nazi’s, Hodges has shocked many commentators by suggesting that widely agreed figures surrounding the war’s casualties are actually false.
On March 3, during a Zoom call, live-streamed on the Facebook page of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, the retired lieutenant general responded to a quote from German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier that Germany had been responsible for the death of many Russians.
The former officer’s claim directly contradicts the consensus within both Western and Russian academia that Russia lost more than 10 million citizens between 1941 and 1945.
Historian Vadim Erlikhman has estimated the Soviet deaths sustained at around 26.6 million, with Ukraine losing around 16.3% of its residents – more than Russia’s 12.7%.
The Zoom call was part of the 12th annual US-Ukraine Security Dialogue, a conference organized by the Center for US-Ukrainian Relations, a lobby group accused by some of having ties to OUN-B, an offshoot of the far-right Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists.
If I were Russian I would certainly feel disgust and more, but as an American it’s hard to describe the feeling. What’s a stronger word for embarrassment, like on an existential level.
Our entire leadership my whole life has been this constant embarrassment, in a way that negatively effects lives all around the world. I just would have never imagine we would go out this way.
We all knew it would happen one day, the US Zionist Empire was always built on sand, but who would have imagined the combination of vicious and pathetic lashing out it is doing. Do all empires go out this way?
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2021.