Recently, I noted a sharp uptick in visits from folks in Russia. I love the international nature of the readership here, and I appreciate the time everyone takes to come visit my little corner of the web.
It turns out, a very cool Russian naval history discussion site posted a link to my article about the U.S. Navy’s accidental bombing and strafing of a Russian tanker. Actually, it was a U.S.-built tanker, turned over to the Russians so they could carry war material back to the Motherland from U.S. West Coast ports.
As I scrolled through the comments and used Google translate to be able to (almost) understand them, I came across this gem that is so awesome that I had to share it with y’all. Keep in mind, Google translate might not be 100% accurate here….
“The bastard! X s allies…..! Box of poisoned banana monkey black in the mouth! Let devour, and then we’ll see the sanction may be canceled. This cannot be forgiven, especially oblizyanam as written in ‘Tsushima’. I am outraged to the limit! Attacked our in anything neuvinovaty but still off the coast of our Kamchatka. This cannon be forgiven!”
Okay, wow. This has to be the all time greatest response to anything I’ve ever written. Ever. So, I would like to say to this fine Russian patriot: Do remember that this attack was a terrible accident that happened because our two nations had joined together to fight for a common good. As far as the current sanctions go–if our leaders could only honor the common heritage and bond shared between us during the darkest hours of our nations’ histories, perhaps we would find common ground, cooperation and lasting peace.
Google Translate version of what I just wrote there above:
Не забывайте, что это нападение было ужасным несчастным, что случилось, потому что наши две страны уже объединились, чтобы бороться за общее благо. Насколько нынешние санкции го-если наши лидеры могли только почтить общее наследие и связь общего между нами в самые темные часы истории наших народов, возможно, мы бы найти общий язык, сотрудничества и прочного мира.
(sorta hope that translation is better than the one I got, lest we start WWIII by miscommunication). 🙂
Please check out the site in Russia. It has many, many cool photos from Russia’s rich naval heritage. And the comment I’ve quoted above is at the bottom of the page. 🙂