Joint triumphal arches were built as the Soviet communists and German Nazis celebrated defeating Poland together.— BasedPoland (@BasedPoland) September 17, 2019
Just a reminder for all Russians who claim that the Second World War began with #OperationBarbarossa (German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941) pic.twitter.com/WqCAI49b3Q
In our eagerness to defeat a perceived monster in Hitler, we made common cause with a far worse villain in Joseph Stalin. Stalin has few peers for his sheer brutality, only Mao can compete in terms of body count. Had the U.S. not been in the European theater in such massive numbers, it is certain Stalin would not have stopped at Berlin but rather would have charged across Western Europe. But hey, we got Hitler and with Europe devastated, America ruled the world so we knocked up a ton of our ladies and created the Baby Boomers who would go on to sell their birthright for less than a mess of pottage.
Every misdeed of the Third Reich, real, exaggerated and imagined, is recounted in excruciating detail but the Soviet Union gets little attention today despite it being a far worse regime than the Nazis. When you wonder why that might be, start to look at who decides what movies and news and books we consume.
World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam. They never ended, we just changed the names and one side forgot it was still in a war.