The Guardian • Issue #2104


  • The Guardian
  • Issue #2104

This week’s target for intervention by US imperialism post-WW2 is Albania 1949-53: US and Britain tried unsuccessfully to overthrow the communist government and install one that would have been pro-western and composed largely of monarchists and fascist collaborators.

On June 16, 1945, just a month after the Second World War had at last come to an end in Europe, the Soviet author and scathing anti-fascist Ilya Ehrenburg wrote an article “The Great Gift of Memory”. The following are a few short extracts.

“If one examines the corpse of fascism”, wrote Ehrenburg, “many injuries will be seen – from scratches to grave wounds. But one wound was mortal and it was inflicted on fascism by the Red Army.”

Backtracking a couple of decades, to the 1920s, Ehrenburg comments that “not only witches stood over the cradle of fascism, but foolish fairies as well. They hoped to teach the newborn cannibals good manners.”

He reminds his readers that on the walls of Paris in those years, one would encounter anti-Soviet posters showing the Russian as a barbarian with a knife between his teeth, clearly out to destroy civilisation.

After the fascists came to power in Germany (they were already in power in Italy and Hungary), the ruling circles in the USA and Western Europe pursued policies of appeasement and conniving with the fascists’ aggression.

They aided the efforts of Franco, Hitler and Mussolini to crush a popular progressive government in Spain and abetted the rapid build-up of Germany’s military might, hoping to turn this military force against their nemesis, the world’s first workers’ state, the Soviet Union.

They dreamed of a grand anti-Soviet alliance, but also harboured aggressive designs on one another. The USSR was able to exploit their conflicting ambitions to buy time for itself and divert Nazi Germany’s aggression back towards its Western collaborators.

Only when it had overrun Western and Southern Europe did Germany attack the USSR. In Ehrenburg’s words: “In the autumn of 1941 the Germans approached Leningrad and Moscow. … Fascism was at its zenith, but this marked the beginning of its downfall.”

During WW2, some 26 million Soviet citizens were killed in battle or died in air raids, shot by the Nazi occupation forces, or were tortured to death in concentration camps.

No fewer than 1710 Soviet cities, towns and settlements and over 70,000 villages were reduced to ruins, 32,000 industrial enterprises blown up or burned down, and about 100,000 collective and state farms plundered.

PARASITE OF THE WEEK: is Peter Dutton. Responding to reports that opposition leader Dutton would rip up Australia’s 2030 climate targets if elected, Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said: “Dutton’s climate policy is a disaster, and the consequence for Australians would be more extreme heat, fires, and floods. Instead of ripping up Australia’s 2030 climate targets, Peter Dutton must listen to the communities already ravaged by worsening climate disasters.

“There are 195 countries signed up to the Paris Agreement. Opting out would make Australia a global laughing stock.

“The Liberals haven’t learned the lesson Australians gave them at the last election: this is more of the same from the party who already gave us a decade of denial and delay on climate.”

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