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    A historical double-standard

    A historical double-standard


    City Journal‘s Claire Berlinski has written a great article about the disinterest around Pavel Stroilov’s 50,000 unpublished, untranslated, top-secret Kremlin documents dating from the close of the Cold War.
    journalists [have] initially shown interest in the documents, only to [say] later that their editors have declared the story insignificant. In advance of Gorbachev’s visit to Germany for the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Stroilov says, he offered the German press the documents depicting Gorbachev unflatteringly. There were no takers. In France, news about the documents showing Mitterrand’s and Gorbachev’s plans to turn Germany into a dependent socialist state prompted a few murmurs of curiosity, nothing more. Bukovsky’s vast collection about Soviet sponsorship of terrorism, Palestinian and otherwise, remains largely unpublished….

    No one talks much about the victims of Communism. No one erects memorials to the throngs of people murdered by the Soviet state. (In his widely ignored book, A Century of Violence in Soviet Russia, Alexander Yakovlev, the architect of perestroika under Gorbachev, puts the number at 30 to 35 million.)
    Indeed, many still subscribe to the essential tenets of Communist ideology. Politicians, academics, students, even the occasional autodidact taxi driver still stand opposed to private property. Many remain enthralled by schemes for central economic planning. Stalin, according to polls, is one of Russia’s most popular historical figures. No small number of young people in Istanbul, where I live, proudly describe themselves as Communists; I have met such people around the world, from Seattle to Calcutta.

    We rightly insisted upon total denazification; we rightly excoriate those who now attempt to revive the Nazis’ ideology. But the world exhibits a perilous failure to acknowledge the monstrous history of Communism. … Above all, they should be well-known to a public that seems to have forgotten what the Soviet Union was really about. If they contain what Stroilov and Bukovsky say—and all the evidence I’ve seen suggests that they do—this is the obligation of anyone who gives a damn about history, foreign policy, and the scores of millions dead.
    Everyone has a motivation to reduce dissonance. It’s awfully hard to stand behind gooey ideas of happy collectivism if history overwhelmingly suggests that it leads to brutality and the mass murder of millions.

    I see in my generation a lack of historical understanding that really troubles me.


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    viator | April 3, 2011 at 7:43 am

    If I might add, thousands of people have made their careers turning out fiction and non-fiction attacking fascism and Nazism. It is an industry that shows no signs of flagging.

    That trove of Russian documents you mention could be a career maker for some graduate student and the foundation of an important book which could be published.

    When an equal number of people are cranking out films, novels, documentaries and TV shows about the crimes of the Marxists/Communists then the world will be a better place and the intelligentsia will once again be doing something useful.


    That's what I was asking basically; why is Mr. Stroilov waiting for someone else to publish his archive? Why don't he just post them on a website?

    Publishing these documents on the web would be a labor of love, a gift to mankind. It's hard to understand what is really preventing their publication if the motivation is to expose the crimes of communism. I wonder does Mr. Stroilov want money? In which case, there are plenty of independently wealthy conservatives and/or libertarians who could probably pay him to publish or purchase the materials. Five million or ten million is a drop in the bucket to wealthy people like the Koch brothers or the Trumps of this world.

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