Kathy Shaidle

FOX: Russia determined to cover up Stalin's crimes

Posted on August 3 2009 8:57 am
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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On Friday, Fox News host Sean Hannity presented a brief report about Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s plans to criminalize historical “revisionism.”

Specifically, Medvedev wants to make “questioning the Soviet victory in World War II”  a criminal offense; he also appointed a commission to work towards “counteracting attempts to falsify history that are to the detriment of the interests of Russia.”

In the Newsweek piece cited by Hannity,  Stalin’s Children author Owen Matthews explains:

Russia’s schoolchildren are being indoctrinated with the greatness of Stalin and stories of how the Red Army was welcomed as liberators by the peoples of Eastern Europe.

Both Putin and Medvedev seek to create a new, great Russia, and to that end, they believe it needs a great history, unsullied with mass murder and secret alliances with Hitler.

Of course, here in America and throughout the West, academics and media elites have been engaged in much the same process for years — voluntarily.

In the academy, revered historians like Eric Hobsbawm clearly approve of Stalin’s famous dictum that, to accomplish revolutionary goals, it was sometimes necessary to “break a few eggs to mke an omlette”:

An interviewer asked, “What that comes down to is saying that had the radiant tomorrow actually been created, the loss of fifteen, twenty million people might have been justified?” Hobsbawm’s answer was “Yes”–although he granted that the sacrifice of the murdered millions was “excessive.”

Meanwhile, the New York Times reporter Walter Duranty notoriously covered up one of Stalin’s greatest crimes — one he’d witnessed first hand:

Duranty knew about Josef Stalin’s policy of deliberately starving the people of Ukraine to punish them for defiance, and intentionally kept this news out of the Times. It is likely that the glare of publicity on this monstrous crime in a paper as important as the Times probably would have caused Stalin to back off, potentially saving millions of lives. Adding insult to injury, in the view of many critics, is that Duranty received a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting in 1932, which the Times still proudly lists among those the paper has won.

Authors such as Jamie Glazov have chronicled the Left Establishment’s long history of “useful idiocy,” even after Stalin’s crimes of genocide and the mass murder of millions were acknowledged by the Soviets themselves.

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