esmaspäev, aprill 30, 2007

A peaceful sight

I don't care how you felt about the decision to remove the monument. I am relieved, and I hope you are relieved too, to see this sight.

19 kommentaari:

plasma-jack ütles ...

damn nice... we don't need a propaganda war, when we've got this picture.

Ron ütles ...

Three Cheers...Way to go Estonia!

plasma-jack ütles ...

thou are cheering to the vile destruction of the monument to heroic soldiers
surely thou will go to Hell for such a sacrilege

Kristjan ütles ...

Plasma Jack!

I never realized you were one of them!!!

Now please calm down, and think this through more thoroughly. ;-)

Giustino ütles ...

These guys were buried once in Sept. 1944. Then they were reburied in 1947 at Tõnismägi. I hope they do identify them so they can be each individually honored at the cemetery. They finally may have a peaceful resting place that isn't a mass grave.

And I want to see Ansip looking extra reverant at the dedication ceremony. Pray hard, Ansip. Pray hard.

Carlito ütles ...

Maybe Plasma is attempting to be ironic here?

plasma-jack ütles ...

(i hope that Kristjan's last smiley was indicating that he unerstood it, too. though it's really hard to be certain on the net)

Anyway, every Estonian nolifer in every office should start to spread this picture all over the blogs and forums.

Kristjan ütles ...

No, I thought you were serious! I'm very glad that you're not. :-)

Carlito ütles ...

This must be really stinging them over at the Kremlin.... You see, Vladimir, this is how real civil society functions...lesson learned? Let's not hold our collective breathe for too long.

Btw- Did anyone invite Putin to the May 9th festivities?

Kristjan ütles ...

Let's not hold our collective breathe for too long.


Agreed. However, I think we cannot fully relax until about May 10-11.

Giustino ütles ...

It's supposed to rain on May 8th and May 9th.

martintg ütles ...

A very peaceful and beautiful location. Seems like the limestone from the original monument was used to built a low wall around the location, very well done.

Sam ütles ...

It's supposed to rain on May 8th and May 9th.

That's more than a week away. Where's this amazingly accurate forecast from, these geniuses?

somebody ütles ...

The real question is: why did it take so long? Why did they keep the "world" breathless for 24 hours where nobody knew where Aliosha was?

They should have told the Russians that they would organize a procession to the cementery, and everyone could show his support for Aliosha by joining peacefully.

Giustino ütles ...

They should have told the Russians that they would organize a procession to the cementery, and everyone could show his support for Aliosha by joining peacefully.

This is Estonia. Everything is amateur because it's the first time. Next time they move a controversial monument I am sure they'll have a whole handbook.

That's the only answer I can think of. I honestly don't think Aaviksoo and Ansip were prepared for that kind of crazy behavior. They are from Tartu, where crazy means drunk students.

Kristjan ütles ...

Somebody,

Please keep in mind that:

1) We did actually know where Aljosha was. He was in police storage. :-)

2) It has until now been very difficult for the Republic's Government to tell Esto-Russians anything, because they have taken almost all of their information and attitudes from Russian state-controlled news outlets. Which, in recent times, have put out exactly the opposite message to the truth out into the ether. Which, in essence, is a hostile act from the Russian Federation towards the Republic of Estonia.

Kristopher ütles ...

The truth is that Alyosha was hollow. When he was built by the Soviets, he was equipped with intricate Gravitatsia clockwork to ensure that if ever moved, he would return to his old place.

The prospect of a frowning Alyosha lurching through town and staggering back up the hill in the wee hours is enough to scare the bejesus out of even the rioters.

The surgery took place in the tent and explains the controversy about the "welding marks."

Kristjan ütles ...

:-)

Fred Fry ütles ...

Hmm, I half expected it to show up outside the Estonian Embassy in Moskow. they care for it so much, they should get it back.

As we all know there is a much bigger issue at hand here, starting with Russia's denial that they even occupied Estonia. The whole record of the Soviet Union needs to be addressed just as it was with Nazi Germany.

Oh, they did a nice job with the new location. Looks good and repsctful. Maybe it should be renamed as the Estonian Memorial to victims of the Soviet Union.