I think the Immortal Regiment marches every year after the Parade remembering Victory in The Great Patriotic War. This morning I saw it for the first time and found it very affecting. I wonder how many of the 20 million plus dead of the war were represented in the photographs carried by their descendants.
It is right and proper that prominent Jews were honored guests at the Parade and March. While his airforce is wreaking havoc in Syria, Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to enjoy the occasion under a bright Moscow sky. Were his feelings mixed as he watched the display of Russian might pass through and above Red Square? Perhaps he has been tipped the wink. Russia will sacrifice Syria and Iran rather than attack Israel. In a world of hypocrites and liars, it is impossible to predict what the next few weeks and months will bring. Jake Morphonios at Blackstone Intelligence tries to make some sense of last night’s attacks on Damascus. The BBC’s Radio Five Live News didn’t mention them, even though RAF Tornados from Akrotiri may have played a supporting role.