For John, BLUF: I decided to not put the Sanders Label on this. Nothing to see here; just move along.
The InstaPundit, Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds, notes:
ON THIS DAY IN 1953, JOSEPH STALIN DIED; his New York Times obit the following day reads like necrophilia: Stalin Rose From Czarist Oppression to Transform Russia Into Mighty Socialist State:Shades of Mr Walter Duranty.Although he remained an enigma to the outside world to the very end of his days, Stalin’s role as Russia’s leader in the war brought him the admiration and high praise of Allied leaders, including President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. And, indeed, only a man of iron will and determination like Stalin’s could have held together his shattered country during that period of the war when German armies had overrun huge portions of Russian territory and swept to the gates of Moscow, Leningrad and the Caucasus. Like Churchill in England, Stalin never faltered, not even at moments when everything seemed lost.Plus this classic bit of Orwellianism: “But those who survived the purges hailed Stalin as a supreme genius,” which sounds like something out of the Onion.
When most of the Government machinery and the diplomatic corps were moved to Kuibyshev in December, 1941, in expectation of the imminent capture of Moscow, Stalin remained in the Kremlin to direct the operations that finally hurled the Nazi hordes from the frontyard of the capital. His battle orders and exhortations to the Russian armies and people to persevere in the fight contributed immensely to final victory. Repeatedly, Churchill referred to him in Parliament as Russia’s “great warrior.”
Actually, Stalin did falter, when Germany invaded, but he quickly pulled himself together and then went on to slaughter Germans like they were Soviet Citizens.
And he died just as he was starting a pogrom against Jewish Doctors, a move later repudiated by the new Soviet Leadership.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff