Stalin was as bad as Hitler – so why do the hard Left still defend his ideas?

I’ve asked this question many times, when I have seen leftists denying that Hitler and his Nazis were socialists. I even had an exchange with someone who (verifiably,) claimed to be a university professor, who told me I was an idiot for trying to pretend there were similarities between Hitler’s regime and Stalin’s. “Stalin was a communist, Hitler was a fascist, he informed me from the lofty heights of his ivory tower.

“But fascism is not a political philosophy, I pointed out, it is an authoritarian system of government in which ‘the state’ is supreme, and no sane person would argue that the soviet state was not supreme in all matters.

Then I stuck the boot in. “If you are saying the Nazis were not authoritarian, pleasse cite academic history texts which support you case. And also address these points: Hitler persecuted Jews, Stalin persecuted Jews; Hitler persecuted gypsies, Stalin persecuted gypsies; Hitler executed mentally and physically disabled people, Stalin executed mentally and physically disabled people; Hitler executed political opponents, Stalin executed political opponents … and I continued at some length.

his reply was a rather pathetic assertion that Stalin had done all those things in the name of socialism which justified the actions, while Hitler’s motivation was fascism which is evil.

I pointed out that to my mind and the minds of most people I know, killing or torturing human being because you do not like their skin colour, religion, political position, race or the fact that they do not conform to the norms of society can never be justified. I didn’t hear from him again.

It’s good to see now that people are starting to take the same approach to demouncing the hypocrisy of the left.

Book Review:
The Kremlin Letters (ed David Reynolds & Vladimir Pechatnov)
reviewed by Simon Heffer for The Daily Telegraph

    extract:

One gets a fair insight into the relationship between Winston Churchill and “Uncle Joe” Stalin, the mass murderer with whom he found himself in alliance against Hitler, from this remark the British prime minister made to George VI’s private secretary in February 1944: “If my shirt were taken off now, it would be seen that my belly is sore from crawling to that man. I do it for the good of the country, and for no other reason.”

It is lucky that Churchill had a sense of humour, or he might have found it impossible to cope with the ironies of the situation in which he found himself after the Wehrmacht made its ill-fated invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. A quarter of a century earlier, when he was secretary of state for war in Lloyd George’s coalition government, he had sought to “strangle at birth” the Bolshevik state. Now, in the existentialist crisis of the Second World War, he was forced to address Stalin not just as an ally, but as his “friend”. He had to send the dictator warm wishes on his birthday, and congratulations on the anniversary of the foundation of the Red Army.

Yet, as his “crawling” remark shows, he was under no illusions. Even had Churchill survived in power after July 1945, the relationship was never going to last, once Russia had resumed its savage, anti-democratic destiny. When the Germans launched Operation Barbarossa, Churchill remarked that “if Hitler invaded Hell, I would make at least a favourable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons”.

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