The original text of this piece has been removed. I am not usually in the habit of sweeping my screw-ups under the carpet, but I didn’t want it to generate Google hits that would, once again, paint Ukraine as a country of evil barbarians. In the original piece, I was expressing outrage that Hitler toys are on sale in Ukraine. Well, apparently, they’re on sale in Britain as well, except that the BBC did not report on that in the video that they have mysteriously removed (without issuing a formal retraction or clarification). What was also misleading was the fact that the video made it seem as though Hitler toys are going mass-market in Ukraine, which is simply not the case.
Here is an essay on the matter. I’d like to add that Ukrainian channels such as STB were also reporting on the story, which made it seem balanced at the time.
I don’t know about the ethical issues of selling Hitler toys. Some people view them merely as collectible items for a niche market that do not, in and of themselves, promote Nazism. To be honest, they creep me out. I don’t doubt that Ukraine has problems with Nazism (like Russia and Germany), and they also creep me out (in fact, they terrify me).
You know what else creeps me out? Propaganda.
Thanks to the reader who alerted me to this situation.