The New York Times has a story today concerning the man made famine in Ukraine in the 30’s:
A quarter century ago, a Ukrainian historian named Stanislav Kulchytsky was told by his Soviet overlords to concoct an insidious cover-up. His orders: to depict the famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in the early 1930s as unavoidable, like a natural disaster. Absolve the Communist Party of blame. Uphold the legacy of Stalin.
Professor Kulchytsky, though, would not go along.
The other day, as he stood before a new memorial to the victims of the famine, he recalled his decision as one turning point in a movement lasting decades to unearth the truth about that period. And the memorial itself, shaped like a towering candle with a golden eternal flame, seemed to him in some sense a culmination of this effort.
This story is notable not for what it says but for what it leaves out.
How the times can do a story about the famine and not mention Walter Duranty is beyond me. Actually it’s not. It is just once more reason why the mainstream media is not to be taken at their word.
It is ignorance as much as fear that keeps people down. The Times should be ashamed of itself but I think it has lost the capacity for it.
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