Monday, September 7, 2009

Kuzmin loves Stalin

Russian Ambassador Valerii Kuzmin at a round table on the causes of the Second World War:

Kuzmin: The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly gave the USSR and Hitler's Germany the same responsibility for the outbreak of World War II, the causes, conduct and results of war, Stalinism and fascism having the same equal footing.

Zimbru: Actually the OSCE PA resolution of 3 July makes no explicit reference to the war. It does condemn the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, however that's as specific as it gets.

Kuzmin: Stalin pursued a justified and acceptable policy of protecting the Soviet Union from external attacks.

Zimbru: I guess the invasion of eastern Poland two weeks after the Nazis overran the western half was part of this 'justifiable and acceptable' policy, as was the overrunning of the Baltics and Basarabia the following year?

Kuzmin: By concluding a non-aggression pact with Hitler, Stalin gave his country a year and a half of peace...

Zimbru: And ensured that the rest of the continent would be engulfed by war.

Kuzmin: ...and giving the country a chance to prepare a defence in the event that Fascist Germany breached the pact.

Zimbru: ...which is why the Soviet leadership were completely unprepared when Germany launched operation Barbarossa in 1941.

Kuzmin: Controversial moments in history should be discussed only by scientists.

Zimbru: Heaven forbid that the proletariat form its own opinion! That would be way too, er, liberal & democratic.

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