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  •  when i get *ad hominem* attacks leveled (1+ / 0-)
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    Yosef 52

    against me I know I have won the argument.

    The facts are simple, there for all to see: Lenin ran a brutal police state. Trotsky was his right hand man. But neither engaged in mass slaughter of millions. Stalin did. His rule in the Soviet Union from the mid 1920s until his death in 1953 was personal and total. Would that Trotsky had been a bit more brutal; he could have marched the Red Army on Moscow and overthrown Stalin.

    Why are you defending him?

    I'm not virulently anti-left. I'm virulently anti-communist. And I make absolutely no apologies for it. And if you dispute me I'll have you explain to some people I know who escaped communist tyranny.

    •  Would that Trotsky had. (2+ / 0-)
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      BMarshall, Deoliver47

      However, this is not an ad-hominem attack, Charlie. It was an expression of dismay that we here need to rehash this history one more time.

      My reading is that Stalin's rule was not as personal and total as people assume....of course this is true of every large modern state.  

      The diarists hatred of Stalin is so extreme that he is bent on charging countless deaths inflicted by the Germans to Stalin's account, for instance, because of military treaties. One could as reasonably charge those deaths to the victors of WWI or to the architects of the Treaty of Westphalia.

      As for the Ukraine and he kulaks, let's discuss the tens if not hundreds of millions who have starved in the past century because of protectionist agricultural policies pursued by the western europe and the USA. Who do we personally blame for those? That's the kind of thing I am objecting to. The people directly killed by Stalin's orders add up to a plenty big enough pile.

      I am not defending Stalin, except in the trivial sense of pointing out that people who insist 80yrs later on his transcendent evil typically have an agenda. As for instance, virulent anti-communism. Which for decades, up until the present day, has been and is still used to bash any vaguely leftist policy. I am sick of it. Maybe you don't do this, charliehall2 (I don't think you do) but thousands have.  Including the diarist, who just can't leave it alone.

      A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger (Proverbs 15:1)

      by Boreal Ecologist on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 04:38:30 PM PST

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