Yes, it\’s Our Dennis:
There is a deeper rightwing revisionism at play. Stalin\’s crimes are being elevated to a par with the exterminations of Jews by those who want to banalise or relativise the Holocaust and reduce its historical centrality to just another example of wartime mass murders. Stalin\’s famines of the 1930s or his deportations in the 1940s are held up as the right creates its own moral equivalence between Nazism and Communism. The latter was foul, evil and those who were Stalin and Trotksy\’s mouthpieces in European democracies have done lasting damage to the democratic left.
But Hitlerism\’s Holocaust converted an entire nation\’s engineers, chemists, railway systems, diplomats as well as the military and the police into an industrially organised network absorbing massive resources as it combed Europe to transport Jews from every remote corner of the continent to be put to death in Nazi extermination camps on Polish soil.
And Stalin\’s efforts converted an entire country into a death camp based upon class not race.
If you want to say that Tories are bastards for hanging out with dodgy Latvians then that\’s just fine (and yes, the same point is just fine when asserted about UKIP and Lega Nord if that\’s what you want to do). But we really should be taking that biblical injunction to note beams and motes seriously. If a political party having members who attend parades in memory of those fighting for one ghastly dictatorial system means that said political party is beyond the pale then so also is a political party which has members who attend parades in memory of those who fought for another ghastly dictatorial system.
This is as true of Waffen SS veterans as it is of MVD or KGB ones, as true of those who would praise Pol Pot, Cuba, North Korea and, yes, all three of Stalin, Trotsky and Lenin.
As I\’ve said before, we can note the difference between people being killed on the grounds of race and and those being killed on the grounds of class. But it\’s the killing of people which should be bringing the condemnation, not the grounds for the killing. For it\’s the killing of people that\’s wrong, d\’ye see?
And thus there is a moral equivalence between Nazism and Communism.
Indeed, we might even go further….facism existed in various flavours and only in one instance did it become that pit of evil whereas almost everywhere communism has gained power the flavour of the death camps was similar.