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Pasha, in the Russian WWII TV series “The Attackers,” is the political commissar attached to an aviation regiment. His duties include political education/indoctrination, ensuring that the regimental commander’s actions are in line with the regime’s desires, and taking action against any personnel who commit politically disfavored actions or express forbidden opinions.
He is quick with accusations of treason against the regiment’s members. When sabotage of one of the planes is discovered, Pasha assumes the regiment’s own mechanics did it and wants to have them immediately shot. In this instance, the regimental commander, a fatherly sort of man, is able to avoid precipitous action …”calm down, Pasha” … and get a proper investigation conducted, which shows that the mechanics had nothing to do with the sabotage. But overall, it is very dangerous for anyone, even the commander, to stand up against Pasha.
It strikes me that had Pasha been a real person, and were he to be magically transported to the US in 2021, he would have easily found a compatible career enforcing political correctness in American universities and other kinds of organizations.
The recent Smith College case, involving accusations of racism against maintenance employees and with the university acting prior to true investigation of the allegations, echoes Pasha’s behavior in the sabotage case pretty closely. And there was evidently no one in the university administration to say ‘Calm down, Pasha,’ and make it stick. Fortunately, these administrators didn’t have the power to have anyone shot.Published in