Outrage over a Statue of Joseph Stalin to be Unveiled in Virginia
Posted June 7, 2010on:
One of the Conservatives biggest gripes is that history has been rewritten. I am one of those gripers! History is and should be shown with all of its warts and wrinkles, bloody battles, and heroes. Nothing should be left out because it wasn’t nice or pretty or politically correct. There is a memorial being displayed to the soldiers of the United States, Britain, Canada and France who stormed the Beaches of Normandy on D-Day. Part of the display will “unveiled with statues of western Allied leaders, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Harry Truman. The memorial will also include a bust of dictator Joseph Stalin.”
The outrage is that Joseph Stalin is a part of the display. This outrage and those not wanting even a bust of Joseph Stalin ARE WRONG! These people want to rewrite history to suit their politically correct little minds. In point of fact it is wrong to have statues of all of the others and only a bust of Stalin. I know he was a monster and murderer but this is one of the bloody warts of history. Fact: The war could not have been won without the help of the Russians! Their invasion of Germany from the north and west and the other countries invading from the south and east was the determining factor in bringing Hitler to defeat. Fact: Altho Stalin at the beginning of Hitler’s rise to power was an ally of Hitler he soon changed his allegienace when Hitler double crossed him. Then the Russian Army on the northwester front was of considerable help in tying Hitler’s hands and forcing him to split his army and send troop[s to defend Germany from the West thus limiting what he could pour in to the war with the other countries. Fact: Stalin played as large a role in the meetings of the world leaders as anyone of them and should most certainly be given not just a bust but a full statue to signify this fact. Fact: It was Stalin’s army fighting the German Army and having to pass thru the western European country in order to do this that gave him the power to annex these countries into the Soviet Union. His armies were already in place to take over the governments of all these countries. This then started the “Cold War” period in history.
It would have been very possible to create a statue to the soldiers by using the soldiers themselves rather than the leaders and in that case there would have been no controversy and the right people would have been honored! The Vietnamese memorial and statue is to the soldiers and is the most heart breaking, awesome and inspiring memorial I have ever seen.
So suck up and accept history as it was and not as you would have it people. BB
Statue of Joseph Stalin to be Unveiled in Virginia
This Sunday, people around the world will honor the 66th anniversary of D-Day, when over 160,000 troops from the United States, Britain, France and Canada bravely stormed the beaches of Normandy, marking a turning point in World War II. In Bedford, Virginia, a memorial to the invasion will be unveiled with statues of western Allied leaders, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Harry Truman. The memorial will also include a bust of dictator Joseph Stalin.
Residents of Bedford are rightfully outraged. Annie Pollard, a Bedford County supervisor, and a volunteer at the memorial told the Lynchburg News and Advance: “I just don’t think it belongs on the hill with them…To me, he (Stalin) is just a murderer. I just can’t see how he fits in with the memorial. They are people we want to remember. He’s someone I’d rather forget.”
James Morrison and fellow veterans from the Bedford Post 54 of the American Legion are equally outraged and have been fighting the effort since the plan was announced in 2007. Morrison, author of the book “Bedford Goes to War: The Heroic Story of a Small Virginia Community in World War II” said: “It’s a disgrace and a dishonor to the veterans.”
So why do it? William McIntosh, the president of the Memorial Foundation said: “He certainly was a fact of life and a major ally during the second World War … There’s nothing about the presentation that’s going to be flattering of Stalin.”
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, statues of Joseph Stalin have been torn down all over Europe and even in the former Soviet Union itself. The world is closer than ever before to a consensus on the evils of communism and Stalin’s primary role in the worst crimes of the last century. And yet a statue of Stalin is included in the National D-Day Memorial, to be dedicated in Bedford, Virginia, this Sunday, June 6.
Near the statue of Stalin, a plaque catalogues Stalin’s crimes against millions of people both in Russia and throughout Europe. But no mere plaque can justify the inclusion of the statue which dishonors the heroic individuals who sacrificed so much on D-Day and in the Cold War.
A bust of Joseph Stalin has no place in a memorial whose purpose is to salute the brave soldiers who made D-Day a vital victory in the crusade for freedom.
It’s time for Mr. McIntosh and those responsible for the memorial in Bedford to do the right thing. Follow the lead of those who were oppressed under Joseph Stalin and tear down this statue. You can learn more about the victims of communism at www.victimsofcommunism.org.