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I hardly found this post to be an apologia for the atrocities committed in the Soviet Union
 I didn't find it to be a defense either, but this one line
Lenin wasn't the purity whose legacy got corrupted by Stalin - the first gulags (in which the inmates' deaths were planned in)
seems to represent all of the death, torture, etc, and didn't seem an appropriate balance to me, just my opinion.  I don't see it black and white either, good vs. evil.    Western Europe was clearly far from perfect, as I think I said--but it's pretty clear to me who ended up better by the close of the last century.
by wchurchill on Mon Nov 7th, 2005 at 01:28:27 PM EST
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I'm not a politician or BBC commenter to 'balance' everything on a pharmacy scale. I thought ET readers are educated enough to know the broad history of the 20th century well enough, so that I don't need to deviate from my message to a general history lesson. (And I certainly didn't just mention the gulags anyway.)

You must excuse me, I will answer your post in more detail when I have more time (I don't have much this week, preparing for a French exam - I even wrote this post in advance, and right now I comment at the expense of sleeping time...), but I will say that poemless got those five points dead right.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Nov 7th, 2005 at 07:08:53 PM EST
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the above rant was intended to be a more provocative version...
I found your diary interesting and provocative, and in fact commented in three posts--this one, one supporting Migeru's point, and one on the last 3 subtitles.  so you caught my interest.
by wchurchill on Tue Nov 8th, 2005 at 02:17:07 AM EST
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