CNN has done yet another hit piece on reality. (h/t Breitbart) Their report on Stalin’s dacha in Sochi portrays Stalin as a lonely, unsociable man. This, at any rate, is the opinion of oen Anna Hovantseva, a tour guide in the dacha. Quoth she: “Generally, he liked to be all alone. He loved his wife Svetlana and his children. He had no friends. He read and thought a lot. He enjoyed hunting. He also loved farming. He grew lemons (for medicinal drinks). So he was an unsociable man, I think.”
Miss Hovantseva is certainly entitled to her opinion about Stalin. But for CNN simply to quote her, without any addition or commentary, is beyond unprofessional. Imagine, if you would, touring some place Hitler had used as a retreat without any mention of what kind of animal he had been. Anyone portraying him as anything less would be run out of town, and justly so.
The world needs reminding, over and over again: about Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini, Mao, Ho, Ortega, Pol Pot, Castro, Kun, Gottwald, Ulbricht, Amin, Bokassa, Mugabe, etc. etc. And, yes, that latest addition to this goon squad, Venezuela’s Chavez and Maduro.
A few good starting points:
- Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
- Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956
Warning: this reading is not for the faint of heart. But if you do, you will find out that Stalin is only elusive if you categorically refuse to use your brain.