Richard Ebeling emails:
I have a new article on the news and commentary website, “EpicTimes,” on, “Setting the Record Straight: How Stalin Used Hitler to Start World War II.”
In Russia, today, May 9th is “victory” day marking the end of the Second World War, and the triumph of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany. It will be celebrated by a huge military parade through Moscow’s Red Square, with Russian president, Vladimir Putin, praising it as an example of Russian greatness in the world.
The over 70-year propaganda line by the Soviets and now the post-communist government in Russia is that the Soviet Union was a peaceful and innocent victim of Nazi aggression and invasion, that fortunately was turned around to defeat Nazism and save Europe from the clutches of Hitler.
The truth is, Stalin partnered with Hitler to start the Second World War in Europe through an invasion and destruction of Poland in September 1939, and gobbled up other areas of Eastern Europe as part of his deal with Hitler.
But all this was part of a wider strategic plan that guided Stalin’s foreign policy, the purpose of which was to help facilitate the outbreak of a general war in Europe among the “capitalist” countries that would drain them dry, thus setting the stage at a crucial moment for Soviet military action to bring communism to the rest of Europe.
Documents from formerly secret archives in Moscow strongly support this understanding of how and why Stalin did all in his power to make it easier for Hitler to begin a war in Europe. The unplanned twist was that Hitler attacked the Soviet Union before Stalin could undertake his invasion of Germany and “Sovietize” the European continent.
But even out of this miscalculation by Stalin, there still came the successful Sovietization of half of Europe – the “captured nations” of Eastern Europe – with all of its terrible consequences for a half a century following the end of the Second World War in May 1945.