[Marxism] The Hitler-Stalin Pact of August 23, 1939: Myth and Reality - CounterPunch.org

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Aug 26 07:00:22 MDT 2019

(How interesting that a "leftist" historian justifies Stalin's 
occupation of the eastern half of Poland based on realpolitik. This is 
identical, of course, to excuses made for Putin's intervention in Ukraine.)

The fact that the Soviet Union laid claim to a sphere of influence 
beyond its borders is sometimes described as evidence of sinister 
expansionist intentions; however, establishing spheres of influence, 
either unilaterally, bilaterally, or multilaterally, had long been a 
widely accepted practice among powers big and not so big, and was often 
intended to avoid conflict. The Monroe Doctrine, for example, which 
“asserted that the New World and the Old World were to remain distinctly 
separate spheres of influence” (Wikipedia), purported to forestall 
transatlantic new colonial ventures by European powers that might have 
brought them into conflict with the United States. Similarly, when 
Churchill visited Moscow in 1944 and offered to Stalin to carve up the 
Balkan Peninsula into spheres of influence, the intention was to avoid 
conflict between their respective countries after the end of the war 
against Nazi Germany.


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