It is hard to believe that the editors of the PW would publish this article, written years ago by Betty Smith, commenorating the Soviet resistance to Hitler’s invasion of that country on June 22, 1941 without mention of the irony of it all. Everybody knows that the current Russian goverment led by Putin – authoritarian and imperialist, if not fascist – is reigning down, without a scintilla of justification, bombs, bullets, and mayhem on Ukraine, a sovereign country and government on its border.

Was this an oversight by the editors? Could be, but probably not. It strikes me as a continuation of its Janus faced coverage of this bloody invasion by Russia. One day it objects to it, the next day it blames Biden and NATO for it all, and the day after that it suggests, mimicking Putin, that Ukraine is nothing but a hothouse of Nazis.