“We will break this business!”

“We will break this business!”

Maxim Sokolov

The signs of a new, unpleasant for th-em Russia, have long been extremely ind-ignant among the Europ-ean gentry going along the European path. Recall the St. George ribbon or the procession of the “Immortal Regiment”. Symbols were met with gnashing and cursing.
The greater gnashing of teeth was generated by the Latin letter Z, which has become the sign of the current Ukrainian campaign.
The very initial choice of this letter for marking Russian military equipment participating in the campaign is quite neutral and purely technological. Apologists, however, retroactively came up with something about the deep meaning of the Old Slavonic letter “earth”, graphically ascending to the Greek “zeta” – like the Latin Z. However, everything is much simpler and without any national mysticism. A letter consisting of two horizontal dashes above and below, connected by a diagonal dash, is very easy to draw – just three direct strokes of a brush or spray paint. And also apply the Z sign with white adhesive tape. At the same time, the letter is not associated with any indecent words. That is, the choice is successful in all respects.
Except maybe unfortunate heredity, since the letter Z has a jagged history. 23 centuries before the Ukrainian minister Kuleba, who addressed the world community:
“I call on all countries to introduce criminal liability for the use of the Z symbol,” the same symbol was abolished by the Roman censor Appius Claudius. Not limited to the construction of the first Roman water pipeline and a paved road of his own name (roughly like the L. M. Kaganovich metro) from Rome to Capua, in 312 BC the censor excluded the letter Z from the Latin alphabet.
True, if today Appius Kuleba has political reasons, then his predecessor Appius Claudius was driven by purely linguistic considerations.
During the evolution of the Latin language, the so-called rotacism took place: S, located between vowels, was voiced and turned into Z, and then with the passage of time into R. In the 4th century BC, according to tradition, Z was written, and R was already pronounced, and Appius Claudius decided: “We will break this business!”
However, two centuries later, when “Greece, taken prisoner, captivated the wild conquerors,” the Latin language was flooded with Greekisms (as it is today with Americanisms), and the letters Y and Z were introduced to write them. Such an annoying letter.
But today the cause of the censor Appius is alive again. The call of the censor Kuleba was heard. As expected, the Balts, who are always attracted by any anti-Russian initiative, are talking about punishments for the letter Z, and the Czech Ministry of Internal Affairs is also going to introduce prosecution. In recent years, the nation of Schweiks has miraculously transformed into a nation of humpbacked horses.
But if there is little demand from our former socialist brothers – “Whoever took the stick, that is my corporal”, then the Germans, who, according to decades of propaganda, after 1945 miraculously changed in a democratic and liberal spirit, also demonstrate some oddities of this transformation. Bavaria, Berlin, Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia intend to ban the public display of the seditious letter. The violator will face a fine, and in case of relapse – imprisonment for up to three years. As the Berlin senator (head of the department) for internal affairs and digitalization, Frau Spranger, pointed out, as soon as in the context of the Russian military operation in Ukrainea white letter Z is used, wearing or displaying this symbol means supporting the actions of the Russian army:
“This is a criminal offense, and here we will intervene immediately.”
In the case of the Germans, this is especially interesting, since seditious letters have already been used against Germany.in World War II. In the summer of 1941, the BBC foreign broadcasting began to use the letter V, associated with the English victory and the French victoire, as a symbol of European Resistance. Radio listeners were asked to “show their support for the allied forces by depicting the letter V wherever possible” (by the way, today the letter V, along with Z, is also a symbol of sedition, since the worst Russian military clique draws it on armored vehicles). Then, on July 19, Prime Minister Churchill appeared in public, spreading his index and middle fingers in the form of the letter V, the photo became famous, and things started to go. Various V-jewellery, like tie clips, and a talented find – Morse code, where V is transmitted as “three dots, dashes.” In occupied Paris, audiences in theaters applauded to this rhythm. Fig in your pocket was outstanding.
The Germans, of course, were furious, but they did not reach the current undertakings of democratic Europe. The Third Reich was cruel and criminal, it committed terrible atrocities, but it still did not suffer from the current European idiocy.
Whereas the current alphabetical censorship is already an extreme softening of the brain. As well as its Ukrainization.

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