Bear the Guilt
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Sat Nov 10 07:43:10 EST 2007
(My comment: Margolis has it ALMOST right...At least it's a
beginning placing the blame where it belongs!)
November 4, 2007
Bear the guilt
Time to hear an apology for the Great Terror in the Soviet Union
By <mailto:margolis at foreigncorrespondent.com>ERIC MARGOLIS, TORONTO SUN
This seems to be historic guilt month. Germany just opened a new
memorial to Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. Armenians demand
Turkey admit Ottoman-era massacres were genocide. Japan is being
blasted anew for denying wartime atrocities.
Yet the greatest crime in modern history, and bloodiest genocide,
have almost vanished from our collective memory. Last week marked the
70th anniversary of the Great Terror in the Soviet Union in which
tens of millions were murdered or imprisoned.
Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, at least commemorated for the
first time what he termed "colossal" Soviet crimes by attending a
memorial this week for its victims.
It was interesting watching Putin, former head of the FSB security
service, denouncing crimes of its direct predecessors, KGB and NKVD.
The same Putin who recently called the Soviet Union's collapse a
"tragedy." Still, we applaud his long-overdue recognition of
The Soviet terror began in the 1920s when Lenin ordered the
extermination of Cossacks and opponents of the Bolsheviks. Next came
Catholics of White Russia, and resisters to communism in the Baltic
states and Moldova. Stalin then ordered liquidation of two million
small farmers, known as "Kulaks."
In 1932-33, Stalin unleashed genocide against Ukraine's
Six to seven million Ukrainians were shot or purposely starved to
death. The man who directed this genocide, Lazar Kaganovich was made
Hero of the Soviet Union and died in Moscow in 1991.
When Communist Party bureaucrats delayed Stalin's plans to transform
the Soviet Union from a backward rural society into a modern
industrial powerhouse, "Koba," as he was called, had NKVD shoot
700,000 party members. Thereafter, his orders were promptly obeyed.
Almost all the party and military hierarchy were executed during the
Great Purges of 1937-38, which culminated in the Moscow Show Trials.
From 1934-1941 alone, some seven million victims were sent to the
system of concentration camps known as the "gulag," including one
million Poles, hundreds of thousands of Lithuanians, Latvians and
Estonians, and half the entire Chechen and Ingush people. Volga
Germans, Crimean Tatars, Bashkirs, Kalmyks followed. Stalin's gulag
did not need gas chambers: Cold, disease and overwork killed 30% of
To this day, Russian and foreign historians are unsure of the full
number of Lenin and Stalin's victims. Estimates range from 20-40
million total deaths from 1922 to 1953.
Stalin committed his worst crimes well before Hitler's major
atrocities got under way.
We have forgotten that Germany alone did not spark the Second World
War. Germany and the U.S.S.R. jointly invaded Poland in 1939; Stalin
then attacked Finland. Two years later, Britain and the U.S.S.R.
invaded neutral Iran. History indeed remains the propaganda of the
If we keep hectoring Germany and Japan to admit guilt for events of
the 1940s, is it not time the United States, Britain and Canada admit
their own culpability in allying themselves to Stalin, a monster who
killed over four times the number of Hitler's victims?
After all, Stalin's concentration camps were up and running a decade
ahead of Germany's. The murder of millions of Ukrainians and Balts
took place before the world's gaze -- six or seven years before the
Second World War.
The foolish Roosevelt, who hailed Stalin as "Uncle Joe," and the
cannier Winston Churchill both knew they were allied to the biggest
mass murderer since Genghis Khan.
They used a larger devil to fight a smaller, less dangerous one --
then paid his price by handing over half of Europe to Moscow.
Remember this when today's warmongers wax poetic about the glories of
World War II -- and call for WW III.
Western powers should practise what they piously preach to Germany,
Japan and, lately, Turkey, by at least apologizing for their sordid
deal with Stalin, which was every bit as immoral as if they had made
a deal with Hitler, as Stalin long feared they would, to destroy the
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