“But they can’t be so stupid to not understand that a nuclear explosion will wipe them out first,” people keep saying.
It’s weird because everybody has heard of those religious cults that collectively suicide by the hundreds. What was that guy’s name, Jim Jones? Or the suicide bombers. They know they’ll die. But they are fighting evil. They are going towards their reward in heaven! This is the same thing. The Russians aren’t afraid of dying because they’ve been primed for their jihad for their entire lives.
The publisher of our book about Ukraine saw my photo that I posted earlier today and that I took in (as opposed to on) the campus toilet. He says it’s a lot better than my carefully posed professional photo and he’s taking it for the book cover and promotional materials.
The title has the word “Kharkiv” in it and the cover has a photo of Kharkiv. Before the war, of course. I don’t know how I’m even going to present the book now, knowing what happened to all the beautiful landmarks. The book is an ode to the city, its beauty, its people, and its history. It’s about to go to print.
I’m not posting photos of people but this was all organized by students. I made a bunch of flags to give out and ran out in minutes. The students are really great. Wonderful people. Colleagues came, too I only cried a little bit during the rally. Then I told the students I need to go off campus to cry for a while.
During WWII, Kharkiv was occupied by the Nazis twice. Terrible destruction. The Nazis, though, never tried to destroy the historic buildings of Kharkiv, the jewels of our architecture. Those buildings were allowed to remain standing until last night when they were destroyed by the Russians.
Now they are targeting the historic Orthodox cathedrals of Kyiv. Those cathedrals survived both Stalin and Hitler. We don’t know if they’ll survive the Russian people in 2022.
An Orthodox priest in a shelled historic cathedral is crying, begging the Russians to think what they are doing. When the Nazis invaded in 1941 Stalin allowed an Orthodox procession to walk around the city praying. Even Stalin! He never touched the Annunciation cathedral in Kharkiv, which is a world-famous example of the Ukrainian baroque architecture. The great university in Kharkiv, the Gosprom building, the Schevchenko Gardens, the historical center. The Nazis didn’t destroy them. The Russians did yesterday.