Don’t fall for Soviet spin

Business Day - - OPINION -

I was struck by one phrase in par­tic­u­lar in Ghaleb Cachalia’s piece, where he ex­plains that one of the el­e­ments that made a last­ing im­pact on his fa­ther was “the vic­tory of the Al­lies over fas­cism, the im­mense hu­man sac­ri­fice of the so­cial­ist coun­tries in this quest .... ” (Gord­han should sever old po­lit­i­cal ties, Septem­ber 14)

This was a myth that made com­mu­nism ap­peal­ing to many lib­eral, so­cially con­scious peo­ple, but like ev­ery­thing in the com­mu­nist world it was a lie. Soviet Rus­sia was not a nat­u­ral en­emy of fas­cism; it was in fact the other side of the coin, and the war against Ger­many that caused all that suf­fer­ing was not fought to de­fend democ­racy (or any other high moral rea­son), it was fought only be­cause Hitler re­neged on the cozy Ger­man-Soviet nonag­gres­sion pact to di­vide Poland. It was two gang­sters fall­ing out, not good against evil.

It is in­ter­est­ing that Cachalia, even as a “mod­ern so­cial lib­eral”, still refers to Soviet be­hav­iour in that pe­riod in a good light. Rus­sian fake news is noth­ing new.

Syd­ney Kaye

Cape Town

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