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Originally posted by Ridhya
reply to post by DangerDeath
You forget that Lenin specifically warned on his deathbed about not letting Stalin gain power in the Party. He knew it would be abused and Stalin's egotism would drive his lust for power and his well-roundedness would gain the trust of the common man. And thus pervert Lenin's idealism into a tyrannical dictatorship.
People will commit atrocities under any excuse they can get their hands on, to absolve them of wrongdoing. Ideology may differ but is the person who decides to partake. Ideology is just the cover. Hence why there is Christian, Muslim, Jewish, etc. extremists justifying killing others, and yet the vast majority of these groups do not condone. Someone who would kill under one ideology, would kill under the opposite ideology.