Copyright © 2024 Euromaidanpress.com

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Rebellion and the state

Rebellion and the state
Article by: Vitaliy Portnikov
Translated by: Anna Mostovych

What we are seeing in Ukraine today, unfortunately, is nothing new.

This is what happened after all successful rebellions. Their most radical participants are never satisfied with the result. They always suspect that the more moderate parts of society are betraying national interests. They are never able to assess realistically the potential of their own country and its role in the system of international relations. They are always ready to kill their own in order to frighten the outsiders.

Eamon de Valera incited the Irish Republicans into a war for a united Ireland. Thousands of Irish people would die in this bloody civil war. Northern Ireland would remain under British control. Eventually, Eamon de Valera would reconsider his radical views and become a new leader of Ireland. However, his supporters and opponents, who had died on the battlefields where Irish fought Irish, would never have a chance to find that out.

Menachem Begin tried to storm the Israeli Knesset building to prevent the new state from receiving reparations from the Federal Republic of Germany. Israel literally had nowhere to get the money, but Begin believed that the money could not be taken from Germans. The square in front of the Knesset turned into a battlefield. Begin’s supporters — and there were thousands of them — attacked the police, and several deputies were injured. The army was called in to protect the parliament. Israel then, unlike Ireland, avoided civil war. After 25 years, Begin became prime minister and negotiated peace with Egypt — a country that several years earlier had threatened to destroy the Jewish state. The die-hard radical returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt.

Things are always easier for the radical politicians than for their supporters. For the politician, radicalism is a career. For his supporters, it is a faith. And each supporter that is killed becomes a stepping stone to power for the radical politician. But what is most important is to make sure that the ambitions and populism of some and the naïve faith of others do not bring about the irreparable — death, war, and the collapse of the state.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here


    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts