Last week, the Russians were complaining that the Allied nations had forgotten to talk about Russia during their D-Day commemorations earlier this month, which Russia was not even invited to attend.
We agree with the Russians: Their behavior in World War II should not have been forgotten. It was so loathsome, vile and contemptible that it must be made to live in infamy right along with the cowardly Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.
French, American and British leaders should have reminded the world how Russia stabbed them in the back during the conflict by making a secret alliance with Hitler and trying to carve up Eastern Europe with the Nazis.
It is outrageous that they didn’t mention the barbaric manner in which Soviet dictator Josef Stalin carried out a campaign of mass-murder and ethnic genocide that made Hitler look like a small-time dreamer.
How could they not have pointed out that because of its treachery and despotism, the USSR no longer exists while all three of them lead countries with economies and standards of living and political civility which make Russia, the USSR’s heir, look like a banana republic?
How dare our leaders speak about D-day without saying words like Katyn and Holodomor and Gulag Archipelago? Those posed at least much of a threat to the values we fought to defend in World War II as the Nazis.
It would have been nice, too, if the Allied leaders had insisted that Russian text books stop lying about the role their countries played in World War II, seeking instead to lavish all the credit on Russia and ignoring the total collapse of the USSR just a short while later, in the 1980s. Worse, they ignore Stalin’s malignant deal with Hitler, pretending that Russia was the innocent victim of Nazi aggression when in fact Russia was as much the caus of World War II as Germany. Had Russia stood firmly with the Allies from the outset of Hitler’s rise to power, his armies might never have set foot outside Germany’s borders.
So next year, let’s be sure the remember the barbaric atrocities visited upon us by our so-called Russian “allies” during World War II. And let’s make sure we don’t get played for fools again.