Friday, July 16, 2010

Virginia museum's bust of Stalin is an atrocity by any name

Washington Post
July 16, 2010

In 1931, during the liquidation of millions of kulaks, Joseph Stalin granted an audience to George Bernard Shaw and Lady Nancy Astor. Astor bluntly asked: "When are you going to stop killing people?" To which Stalin replied: "When it is no longer necessary."

Stalin found it necessary to the end of his days. He was a hardworking dictator, often in the office 16 hours a day. It takes considerable effort to cause the deaths of perhaps 20 million human beings. And death was Stalin's primary political instrument.