reply to post by caballero
I fear that many people will take your point completely the wrong way, but I for one am very glad you have said it.
Hitler was pure evil, but Stalin was every bit as bad and very probably worse for his evil was almost random, which makes it even scarier in my
opinion. Hitler was wrong, and he was absolutely evil, but there was a (very perverse) sense of logic behind his actions. Stalin on the other hand had
no visible logic behind his hatred and evil - ordering the deaths of millions without anything but paranoia behind it, and making those left alive
second guess everyone and everything.
I also very much agree with your point about the fact that, whilst our youngsters are taught widely about the crimes of Hitler and the Nazis, Stalin
and the crimes of the Communists are hardly ever mentioned.
This is amply demonstrated by the fact that if you go to one of the big summer music festivals here in the UK you will find dozens of people waving
Soviet flags alongside the rainbows of Greenpeace etc... now surely people would not put up with Swastikas being displayed?
Whats more, when I lived in Brixton, London, I often saw the British Communist party peddling their evil in front of the tube station, with massive
Soviet flags and mountains of propaganda, plus portraits of Stalin - now again, would that be tolerated if the Nazis were doing it?
Another point - the former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, was a former member of the British Communist Party; would London have tolerated a former
Nazi? I don't think so.
Also, when I was at art school here in England (the Kent Institute of Art & Design, Maidstone), I witnessed the faculty and other students frequently
glamourising Stalin and the Soviet Union. Again, this would never have been tolerated if it was regarding Hitler and the Nazi Party.
Just one final though; it is interesting to remember that the west was fighting the Soviet Union during the 20s and 30s - actively aiding the white
Russians, and then the Finns, and that after the Soviets invaded Poland with Nazi Germany in 1939 we were pretty much in a defacto state of war with
them. This only changed when the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union in 1941. Churchill was so worried that the British people would not be willing to send
aid to the Soviets under Stalin (because at the time most Brits viewed Stalin as the same as Hitler), that a massive propaganda campaign was launched
to make the British people warm to 'Uncle Joe' - it was incredibly succesfull, and after the war the socialists in the UK used this coerced opinion
change to peddle their cause. The results are still seen today across the west. I assume a similar propaganda campaign was launched to convert US
public opinion into supporting the Soviets during the dark days of WW2, as the US too had been fighting the Soviets directly during the 20s.
They were both evil, but the Communists and Socialists have definately got off a lot lighter in the history books!