"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when open."
Thomas Dewer (Scottish distiller)
Founder & Editor: D. William Norris
D. William Norris was born in England but studied in France where he met his wife Valerie. Although holding a German passport, she was born in the Ukraine. William graduated from Birmingham University, England with an M.A. He still speaks a little French but is fluent German apart from his native English. After spending some years working in Austria and Germany, he returned to the UK and became a college lecturer also translating German books until he retired. William and his wife have travelled widely in Poland and Ukraine and know eastern Europe well. Relaxation: gardening; classical music; learning languages; literature.
A Pro-Russian Stance
Authentic Comment takes an unashamed pro-Russian stance on most issues. This is not mean glassy-eyed unequivocal support by any means. This position has been brought about by the family links with Eastern Europe and firsthand knowledge.
My wife, Valerie, was born in Volhynia, Ukraine, of German parents at a time when it was under Polish jurisdiction. When her parents were born, Volhynia was Russian. Her father was conscripted into the Russian Army in WW1 and was caught up in the confusion that led to the revolution. WW2 was very different, after being unwillingly ‘ethnically cleansed’ by Hitler and moved into the Warthe region of Poland as the war drew to a close, they joined the other 10 million refugees moving westward in the dead of winter, a journey on horse and cart taking over six months. My wife has never forgotten these times and the indignity and poverty associated with resettlement in West Germany. Her experiences have given her an unparalleled understanding of the current suffering of many of the Ukrainian citizens, especially those suffering at the hands of the Kiev regime military in the East of the country. This is something that few of us in Britain can imagine.
We have visited Ukraine on three occasions and still have friends and relatives there and know what is going on from first hand. It would probably not be safe for us to go there at present. One of my wife’s in-laws was a Bandera admirer and fought in one of the Nazi Galicia regiments. We know perfectly well the way these people think and it does not take any guesswork to imagination what is going on in parts of Eastern Ukraine. It is scandalous of course that the appalling Kiev junta is encouraged and supported by the US, but also the UK. Each time we visited Ukraine we were treated so kindly and with such abundant hospitality, even though our hosts were far from wealthy. We saw the rampant corruption and the difficulties they faced day by day at that time and this was before Maidan. We feel desperately for these folk and intend to do what we can to make known their plight. Let’s be honest, dislike for Russians in Ukraine is widespread for many different reasons, but it is not total. We know of those who work in Russia and others of our friends who like to visit Russia as tourists.
Above all, I would like to see good relations established between the British and the Russian people. I do not hate my own country in saying this, quite the opposite. Opening his book The Psychology of Jingoism (1901), the journalist J. A. Benson, defined jingoism as follows: “That inverted patriotism whereby the love of one’s own nation is transformed into the hatred of another nation, and the fierce craving to destroy the individual members of that other nation.” There has been far too much ‘jingoism’, much coming over the years, shamefully, from British hearts. It is time to call an end to this kind of thinking and to hope and strive together for something better however arduous the task.
Motive & Mission
“In some ways Authentic Comment was conceived in anger ― anger at the wrecking of my beloved country by those who have been at the helm over the past few decades, motivated it would seem by obsessive self-interest, possessed of a narcissistic arrogance they care nothing for our people; anger at those writers, commentators and journalists, who filled with self-loathing, have denigrated everything and anything of value; anger at those plunderers who have raped our country and stolen our wealth yet walked free; anger above all at myself for having done nothing while everything fell apart. It is never too late to do something and I was much encouraged by Edmund Burke’s words: ‘Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.’ This is my ‘little’. I am reminded, an angry man is almost always a most dangerous one.” ― DWN
Authentic Comment seeks to provide an in-depth commentary on world events, including features and stories not always found on Western mainstream news channels. Featured are articles, videos, translations. Many items are original, others are culled from sources sharing our general perspective. We have no ties to any political movement or organisation and represent no particular political ideology, right or left. We receive no grants charitable or otherwise and are totally independent
Current events are often difficult, if not impossible, to understand without some knowledge of the past and what has led up to them. It is important to have an historical perspective, but also to appreciate the ideas and the culture behind world events. It is our aim to provide some help in this direction. At the moment many articles have been culled from other websites by kind permission. It is hoped to increase the number of original articles as time progresses.
Areas of special interest:
American history and expansionism in the twentieth century; the European Union; Germany; Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe; suppression of Christianity in western democracies and around the world; political and corporate corruption, particularly in the UK; problems related to immigration and Islam; political philosophy, the western understanding of 'democracy'; ancient and modern Turkey.
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