i.m. Vasily Zaystev
Vasily Grigoryevich Zaytsev was a Soviet sniper during World War II. Between 10 November 1942 and 17 December 1942, during the Battle of Stalingrad, he killed 225 enemy soldiers, including 11 SS snipers
Who controls the past controls the future:
An anonymous red army soldier,
With a slightly Asiatic glint to his eye,
Like Vasily, at the gates of Auschwitz,
Said 'This was why we fought
The fascists so hard at Stalingrad.'
And hard, it certainly was.
1.8–2 million Russian soldiers (including women), killed, wounded or captured
On 19 November 1942, the Red Army launched
A two-pronged attack targeting the weaker Romanians and Hungarians,
Protecting the German 6th Army's flank from snipers like Vasily.
The Nazis on the flanks were overrun
The 6th Army was cut off and surrounded in Stalingrad.
The Nazis surrendered.
World War 2 was won. the cost? 25 million Russians dead.
There was no taboo on feeling amongst the Soviet troops
They had a vital job to do, which they did heroically.
As witness the deeds and expertise of the sniper Vasily Zaytsev.
If this happened now would we make the same sacrifices?
Or would we negotiate with the Neo-Nazis?
Would we try to understand another’s pain?
Nazis are human too you know. We should remain passive.
Or would we be prepared to risk our lives, our children's lives?
Fight as if our very lives and futures depended on it?
Now we are so weak, even afraid of refugee children,
Terrified to help a persecuted Christian woman, Asia Bibi,
As the Islamo-Fascist mobs scream for her to be hung
We turn away our faces
Keep a firm hand on the money-in-the-bank.
Entry restricted: too little, too late.
Blessed by the undeserved luck of birth
These C21 collaborators, quislings in the culture wars,
Turn the luck of birth into personal worth
Ignore the world's hoi polloi
Those with little but the aspiration to live..
O! money makes machine men mean:
Status, aura, the need to seem
To be esteemed for empty virtues, vacant days,
Even as they fade into undecorated graves.