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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down

There is now a Joseph Stalin bust at the National D-Day Museum.  The museum is located in Bedford, VA.
Bedford lost more residents per capita in the Normandy landings than any other American community.  Nineteen soldiers from Bedford, whose 1944 population was about 3,200, were killed on D-Day.  Three other Bedford soldiers died later in the Normandy campaign.  Proportionally this community suffered the nation's severest D-Day losses
We have talked about the Bedford Boys before.

The question is, is this bust of Stalin a good idea, or not, or is the war so long ago, and the majority of those murdered by Stalin's orders before the war, even longer ago, that we don't care?

Regards  —  Cliff

PS:  Hat tip to Instapundit.


Craig H said...

I'm having a hard time understanding the relevance or justification. Suggesting the leader of the Soviets was "distracting German forces" in order to influence anything to do with DDay is ridiculous on its face. Hirohito was distracting a whole bunch of Americans at the time--do we bronze him next?

McIntosh needs to be fired for nonsense like this, if the board of the memorial foundation have any sense.

ncrossland said...

What a pathetic act of desperation by McIntosh, et al. As my marketing prof suggested, "Stick to your knitting." If it is a memorial to the folks who perished on D-Day, Josef Stalin has no relevence whatsoever. There were many distractions that may or may not have served to make the landing "easier" and therefore "successful."

I side with the WWII vets in that the bust is an insult to the memories of those incredibly brave men who died that day.