April 10, 2003


Rumsfeld Compares Lenin to Hitler (Timothy BANCROFT-HINCHEY, 2003-04-10, PRAVDA.Ru)
Donald Rumsfeld today proclaimed that Saddam Hussein will join others in the annals of the history books as a failed dictator, naming "Hitler, Stalin, Lenin and Ceausescu".

For Donald Rumsfeld's information, Vladimir Ulyanov came to power on a message of "bread and peace", setting in motion a process which was to bring a Medieval state to the front line of development and give to an oppressed, illiterate population with a near to zero chance of social mobility every opportunity for a good education, a guaranteed job, house, retirement pension, food, vodka, health care and cultural and sports opportunities second to none.

Vladimir Ulyanov set in motion a process which sees the Russian people today as well or better prepared than their peers abroad to perform any job anywhere on earth.

Vladimir Ulyanov set in motion the mechanism to create the Soviet Union, which heroically defeated the fascist forces of Hitler, who Rumsfeld mentions in the same breath as Lenin, which lost 20,000,000 of its souls and whose armed forces, under Stalin, who Rumsfeld also mentions in the same breath, killed 90% of all German soldiers in the war.

That everything was not perfect in Vladimir Ulyanov's Russia is patently clear. However, to compare him to Hitler is wholly inappropriate and demonstrates a degree of arrogance and ignorance shocking in a person at the political level which Rumsfeld has somehow attained.

The outrage expressed here nicely illustrates one of the least understood aspects of the fall of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev, like Kruschev before him, thought Communism could be saved if only you acknowledged the errors that had arisen within an otherwise healthy system, mostly as a function of one man's evil, Stalin's. So during the period of Perestroika, Gorbachev threw open the doors to criticism of Stalin but, to his shock and horror, the dissident intellectuals immediately lit into Lenin and thereby discredited the entire Soviet system from its birth. Whoever Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey is, he apparently hasn't gotten the message. Posted by Orrin Judd at April 10, 2003 1:44 PM

"Compared to Lenin, Stalin was a mere lamb." -- V.M. Molotov

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at April 10, 2003 2:06 PM

Well, this is clarifying, isn't it.

Posted by: David Cohen at April 10, 2003 2:21 PM

You have to wonder about a regime so bad that people

preferred Lenin to it.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at April 10, 2003 2:26 PM

"He may be a mass murderer, but he's our mass murderer."

Human loyalty is a strange thing, and rarely is it given in proportion to merit.

Posted by: pj at April 10, 2003 2:39 PM

Someone defending Lenin!?!

Talk about fighting a rear-guard action!

Posted by: H.D. Miller at April 10, 2003 2:59 PM

I thought from his name the author was a Brit but given that he mentioned vodka as one of the great benefits the oh so wonderful Lenin bestowed on the Russian populace, I'm not so sure.

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at April 10, 2003 3:21 PM

Had Lenin lived long enough, the damage he would have done to Russia and the world would have been at least that of Stalin. He was arrogantly self-confident in his Marxism and harbored delusional views regarding human nature.All he could do as the contradictions multipled in relation to his plans would have been to either admit he was wrong (not likely) or to step up his efforts at forcing square pegs into round holes, he chose the latter. Deconstructionism has its roots in Leninism. With it one can rationalize anything and he did.

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford, Ct. at April 11, 2003 2:57 PM
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