From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent.
Winston Churchill March 5th 1946 (photo via the Historical times)
There still seem to be some including in media, who can’t seem grasp the concept that despite their name, their proclaimed opposition to Nazis and their violent confrontations with the equally vile David Duke crowd ANTIFA is nothing but a bunch of violent leftist thugs.
So that being the case I’d like to thank the Russian Federation for giving the perfect analogy for this situation (via hot air and twitter)
They fleshed out their objection in a facebook post that said in part:
There are various ways to deal with inconvenient historical facts. You can take them on the chin or ignore them. Sadly, the latter is what the Polish authorities have been doing recently. You see, politicians in Warsaw continue to deny the Soviet Union’s participation in Poland’s liberation from fascism and the restoration of Polish independence, after the Second World War.
This argument would have some weight if it wasn’t for two simple facts:
The Russian Invasion of Poland in Sept 1939.
While Hitler was invading Poland from the west officially kicking off World War 2 in Europe, the Soviet Union was invading from the west in accordance with their nations pact with Hitler. Ed Morrissey explains:
Soviet troops invaded Poland from the east after Nazi troops had invaded from the west. That pact not only sealed Poland’s fate for decades, but also that of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and that of Finland for a much shorter period. Had the Soviets not signed that pact, World War II might never have happened at all
Six years before the famous photos of US troops shaking hands with their Russian allies as their armies met in Germany coming from opposite directions, Russian Troops where shaking hands with German Troops as their armies met in Poland after diving up the country between themselves.
It wasn’t until June 1941 when Hitler attacked west turning on the Soviets that the Russian people and the Soviet government joined the “Down with Hitler” and “Down with Nazis” team.
The Coming of the Iron Curtain.
After the US and British forces drove the Germans out of France, Holland, Belgium and Italy and Caused them to pull out of Greece, Denmark and Norway those countries had their independence restored, and government of their people’s own choosing put back in place. Even in the western part of Germany and Berlin, popular democracy was restored and people were free to live as they choose.
Meanwhile not only did the Soviets retake and keep Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania that the Nazis had grabbed on their way east they occupied Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech and Slovak republics) set up puppet governments and ruled with an iron hand and crushing popular movements for self government in Hungary and Czechoslovakia from 1945 till the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
The Soviet Union did the Nazis out of Poland but it was the efforts of St. Pope John Paul II, Lech Walessa and the Reagan Administration that finally led to the actual liberation of Poland over 40 years after the last Nazi solder had retreated.
So what does this history teach us? It reminds us of two critical facts
The Soviets and the Nazis were rivals both trying to expand evil empires that brought slaughter and oppression to those who they ruled.
That you can be the most effective Nazi killers of all time (as the Soviets were) but still be no good rotten bastards who should be condemned, confronted and contained for the sake of humanity and freedom.
That in a nutshell is the reality here in America when it comes to ANTIFA.
No amount of anti Nazi rhetoric on behalf of ANTIFA makes the anything other than a bunch of masked thugs no better than the Nazis or White Supremacists who they rivals of and the only reason why they are portrayed otherwise is the same reason why the crimes of Communists like the Soviets get short shift in media and academia is because they share the same leftist ideology.
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