MAY 9, THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF GREAT VICTORY
Time goes by, the last veterans passing away, the whole Second World War moves from "living memory" to "written history". However, the value and the meaning of Victory does not decreasing. This was the day that shaped the course of history for decades to come.
There are a lot of books and articles describing the unimaginable horrors if fascism won the war. Their authors are both right and wrong. Indeed, our world would have been much worse, but inside this alternate fascist world, this wouldn't be perceived as something horrible or even something qualitatively new compared to old good world of XIX century.
Modern Western historiography portrays Hitler and Fascism as a terrible and unexpected deviation on the long road to progress, freedom, and humanism. Reality is far from that. The unpleasant and "politically incorrect" truth is that Fascism didn't bring anything really new. Genocide, concentration camps, biological justification of social inequality, idea of superior and inferior races, eugenics, forced sterilization of the "weak and unfit" - this all was the respectable and mainstream set of ideas and real social practice of those days. Fascism as system of government was, indeed, something new and fresh, but was perceived by Western ruling class with curiosity rather than disgust.
Other words, Fascism wasn't the ugly bastard of Western civilization, it was the legitimate and loved son. It was a great luck for mankind that Fascism was defeated by Soviet Union (the socialist society despite all its obvious flaws), and not by USA or Britain (imperialist predators, essentially not much different from Germany). Writing this, I'm not going to deny or belittle the feats of British or American soldiers, but such is the truth of history. The fact that racism and eugenics are now considered terrifying, that outright aggressive wars are no longer in fashion, and so on, was not the logical result of the Western own development. It was the result of Soviet (and only Soviet) victory that pushed the whole world on the new and better road.