(September 11, 2022 / JNS) The New York Times decided to cover Queen Elizabeth’s death by launching an anti-obituary, saying “the Queen has helped obscure a bloody history of decolonization whose proportions and legacies have yet to be properly recognised” .
Here, on the contrary, is what is allegedly The New York Times Stalin’s obituary:
Stalin rose from tsarist oppression to transform Russia into a powerful socialist state
By The New York Times, March 7, 1953
Joseph Stalin became the most important figure in the political leadership of a third of the world’s population. He was part of a group of hardline revolutionaries who established the first significant Marxist state, and as dictator he pursued his socialization and industrialization vigorously and ruthlessly.
During World War II, Stalin personally led his country’s vast armed forces to victory. When Germany was defeated, he pushed his country’s borders to the limit and encouraged the creation of a buffer belt of Marxist-oriented satellite states stretching from Korea across Eurasia to the Baltic Sea. . Probably no other man has ever wielded so much influence over such a vast region.
It goes on like this for a while.
He jokingly mentions that “Stalin seized and retained power in his country through a mixture of character, cunning and luck. He outlasted his country’s intellectuals, if he didn’t manage to have them shot, and he wore out theoreticians and dreamers.
He praises him, falsely claiming that “only a man with an iron will and determination like Stalin’s could have kept his country shattered during that period of the war when German armies overran huge portions from Russian territory and swept to the gates of Moscow, Leningrad and the Caucasus.Like Churchill in England, Stalin never wavered, not even when all seemed lost.
There is no mention of the larger cycle of repression and mass murder in the USSR.
The focus on Walter Duranty may make it seem like there was only one bad actor associated with The New York Times. But it was Harrison Salisbury. And even more, it was the whole culture of the newspaper.
The Trump administration marked the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution this week by declaring a national day for the victims of communism. The New York Times marked the same anniversary in a different way: by publishing a series of articles extolling the virtues of communism.
Never mind all that. Kristen R. Ghodsee, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, writes that Communists had better sex: “Eastern women had twice as many orgasms as Western women… [who] had less sex, and less satisfying sex, than women who had to wait in line for toilet paper. She has harsh words for Joseph Stalin because he “reversed much of the Soviet Union’s early advances in women’s rights – outlawing abortion and promoting the nuclear family.” Yes, that was Stalin’s crime. Not the purges, not the gulag, but the promotion of the nuclear family.
In “How did women behave during the communist revolution?” Helen Gao remembers her grandmother “talking with happy peasants of the newly collectivized countryside” and writes that “despite all its faults, the communist revolution taught Chinese women to dream big”. Mao’s revolution killed tens of millions of Chinese – not counting the millions killed under China’s brutal “one-child” policy, which led to widespread female infanticide. These Chinese girls never had the chance to dream.
In “Lenin’s Eco-Warriors,” Yale lecturer Fred Strebeigh writes that Lenin was “a lifelong enthusiast for hiking and camping” who made Russia “a world pioneer in conservation.” He fails to mention that Lenin was also a mass murderer who executed more of his political opponents in the first four months of his reign than the tsars had done in the previous century. In a telegram, reproduced in “The Black Book of Communism”, Lenin ordered the Cheka (a predecessor of the KGB) to “hang (I mean hang publicly, for people to see) at least 100 kulaks, rich bastards and known”. bloodsuckers. (The telegram ends with a weird “PS, find tougher people.”) Maybe he was camping when he wrote it.
It comes from the same newspaper that would like us to heed Queen Elizabeth’s “bloody legacy”.
Daniel Greenfield, Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer specializing in the radical left and Islamic terrorism.
This is an edited version of an article first published by FrontPage magazine.