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  •  Both sides of my family were turned into refugees (none)
    by that monster Stalin, my mom's side in the 30's during the horrific farm collectivization program in Uzbekistan, and my dad's towards the end of WWII when, after having survived the Holocaust in what until then was relatively safe (for Jews) Bulgaria, they had to flee because Stalin's agents were moving in after the red army pushed the Nazis out and were sending anyone they deemed a capitalist (my grandfather was an accountant for a large Italian firm) to the gulags. So don't give me any shit about how Stalin wasn't such a bad guy--if anyone was more evil than Hitler in history, it was him.

    And while I agree that Khrushchev wasn't anywhere near as bad and was actually trying to reform the USSR, he was pushed out by the party before he got much done, so he's not a good example of the worst that that evil empire (and yes, it was both evil and an empire, making it an evil empire, and I don't care if that idiot Reagan co-opted this phrase for his own use, as it was still true no matter who used it) offered up.

    As for being their ally during WWII, what other choice did we have? Without their help there was no way we could have won the war. When a guy like Hitler is threatening to destroy western civilization, you don't start subjecting your potential allies to morality tests. And the moment the war ended, they went back to being our enemy, and this temporary alliance ended--do you actually think it would ever have turned out otherwise? It was the right thing to do--and that's coming from someone whose family suffered from him and absolutely hates his guts.

    Think, dude, before you post such nonsense.

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

    by kovie on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 11:42:16 PM PST

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