I purposefully chose a title for my piece to evoke the notorious phrase from 1949 by the then US Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal: "The Russians are coming. The Russians are coming. They’re right around. I’ve seen Russian soldiers."
If during The Rīga Conference 2015 we began witnessing Kremlin’s adventure in Syria, today we observe casualties and the number deaths of this escapade. During the last 12 months, the world has beheld terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, aggression of Russian football fans during Euro-2016 in France, and bombings in Aleppo. The Crimea remains occupied and the Russian aggression against Ukraine is still ongoing.
A honeymoon. Thusly political scientists comment on voters’ attitudes to the victors of the Seimas elections, the Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union (LPGU) whose ratings continue to rise and have currently reached 26.8%. The Liberal Movement’s ratings are also rising, while the Social Democrats’ popularity continues to decrease, while the Conservatives could be said to be stagnating.
For our freedom and yours, we heard this motto during the independence movement in 1990 inviting everyone--Lithuanians, us Jews, and others--to rally to fight for independence. And we rallied, believing that in that Lithuania--the Lithuania of today--we would all be equal, and not just before God. We thought we'd be equal before memory, and before our history. As brothers and sisters. Are we equal in memory? Are we equal before history?