[Marxism] Fwd: The Devil’s Pact: Putin, the Alt-Right, and the Long Shadow of History

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Aug 27 16:44:25 MDT 2017

(This is the history that the slimy bastard Ben Norton swept under the 
rug when he wrote an article repeating RT.com talking points on the 
Baltic states.)

This week is the 78th anniversary of the Nazi-Soviet Nonaggression Pact, 
signed Aug. 23, 1939. This was the lit fuse guaranteeing that the Second 
World War broke out precisely when it did, where it did, and why it took 
on the geopolitical shape that it did. In less than a week, Hitler’s 
tanks rolled into Poland, igniting the bloodiest war in history.

Germany’s convulsive military expansion is, at least, a well-known 
chapter in world history, even for most Americans. Less recognized is 
the fact that only 16 days after the German attack on Poland, the Soviet 
Red Army invaded Poland from the east. German and Russian forces halted 
at the line of demarcation secretly agreed to in their treaty, Wehrmacht 
and Red Army officers then fraternized like old comrades, and the two 
armies held a joint military parade in Brest-Litovsk.

Within three months, the Red Army invaded Finland, which had been 
consigned by the Pact to the Soviet Union’s sphere of influence. The 
following year, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, likewise condemned to be 
“liberated” by the Red Army, were forcibly incorporated into the USSR. 
Then eastern Romania suffered the same fate.

In all the annexed territories, hundreds of thousands of inhabitants 
assumed to be “counterrevolutionary elements” were shot out of hand, 
tortured, or imprisoned either locally or in gulags in Siberia. In order 
to suppress potential resistance in Soviet-occupied Poland, 20,000 
captured Polish military officers were transported to a forest in 
Belorussia, shot, and dumped into a mass grave.

full: http://billmoyers.com/story/putin-alt-right-long-shadow-history/

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