Wednesday, August 26, 2009

History Wars: European division

Last week marked the seventieth anniversary of the Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact of August 1939, which gave Hitler a free hand to invade Poland and start the Second World War, more or less.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe recently voted overwhelmingly to agree that this was A BAD THING -- but with furious dissent from Russia which called the resolution an insult to all Russians. It was "the Stalin-era Soviet Union that made the biggest sacrifices and the biggest contribution to liberating Europe from fascism," the Russian delegate declared. Details on the historico-political controversy here
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