Com­mu­nism

The Church of England - - LETTERS -

Sir, I am per­turbed at Alan Storkey’s “The Failed United States Po­lit­i­cal Wit­ness” (com­ment: 18 March) wherein he im­plies it wrong to de­monise Stalin and Com­mu­nism. Nearly 100 mil­lion were mas­sa­cred dur­ing the short as­cen­dency of Com­mu­nism in the Soviet Union and else­where (Cour­tois et al: The Black Book of Com­mu­nism, English trans­la­tion: 1999 Har­vard). I am par­tic­u­larly con­cerned that he lauds the sac­ri­fice of the Soviet troops un­der Stalin dur­ing the Sec­ond World War while pass­ing by Stalin’s part in the 1939 Molo­tov-Ribben­trop pact with its se­cret pro­to­col di­vid­ing up Europe be­tween Soviet and Ger­man spheres. This led to the Soviet wars of ag­gres­sion against Es­to­nia, Latvia and Poland (in­clud­ing the Katyn mas­sacre). If the Soviet Union had not switched sides and be­come one of the vic­tors, it would have been im­pos­si­ble to cover up and pass over Stalin’s egre­gious war crimes.

AB MacFar­lane,

Stoke-on-Trent

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