Hello Peteris, thanks to you and others on this forum, I do know a lot more about Latvia’s written history and culture than I did 10 years ago. My knowledge was word of mouth before that.
Your remark that I don’t speak the language isn’t strictly true, after 55 years of belonging to this now declining Latvian community of course I have picked up a smidgen of Latvian, but the grammar, reading and writing brings me out in a cold sweat and to improve myself and become a good Latvian I put a feature in the local newspaper for a tutor, and, low and behold, not far from where I live, 12 Latvians have arrived to work in a sawmill, one is middle aged and has an educational background, which is a bit sad, that he needs to labour over here, they live in caravans on site , but seem happy enough for the moment. He is to be my tutor . Soon, one of your darts will be lost..
My point is that not speaking the Latvian language, or knowing as much about Latvia as you do is irrelevant , the fact is that you, in my opinion, are an American living in Latvia, , you know more about Latvia than I do , I think that I know more about the average Latvian than you do, after 55 years of being around Latvians and numerous visits , I don’t need to visit Delfi to know what Latvians think, I ask friends, and when I visit, I ask friends (albeit in my own way)
What summed your post up for me was the way you brushed aside the Latvian concerns over the red holocaust, Bolsheviks, communists, the red Nazi’s, as a smoke screen for murdering Jews in Latvia, by Latvians. It seems to me that it is mainly the opposite , the Jewish holocaust used as a smokescreen by
Socialist propagandists and perpetuated by you on this forum, to hide their own crimes against humanity,
You may be in love with Latvia, your contempt for Latvians is obvious.
You said yourself, that there is not much information out there on those culpable for the red terror, as a “Latvian” with the obvious intelligence, and information at your fingertips, don’t you feel any sort of duty to attempt to correct this imbalance, and help bring about justice. Admittedly this would take courage..