Blogs and pundits are all scrambling to quote the latest peculiar, if not wacky, diatribe from writer and MSNBC talking head Pat Buchanan. Commenting on the commemorations in Europe that Bush attended for the end of WWII, he asks whether the cause was worthwhile:
Bush told the awful truth about what really triumphed in World War II east of the Elbe. And it was not freedom. It was Stalin, the most odious tyrant of the century. Where Hitler killed his millions, Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot and Castro murdered their tens of millions.Throw the names out there Pat--Castro? Tens of millions. Ho Chi Minh, considered by his countrymen to be the “father of his country.” I will give you Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot in a group with Hitler—major bad guys all. But then what’s Cambodian Pol Pot got to do with our liberation of Europe from the Nazis?
You gotta be kidding! I guess old Pat knows the truth—it doesn’t matter what we say about him as long as we spell his name right.
When one considers the losses suffered by Britain and France – hundreds of thousands dead, destitution, bankruptcy, the end of the empires – was World War II worth it, considering that Poland and all the other nations east of the Elbe were lost anyway?
If the objective of the West was the destruction of Nazi Germany, it was a "smashing" success. But why destroy Hitler? If to liberate Germans, it was not worth it. After all, the Germans voted Hitler in.
…Was that worth fighting a world war – with 50 million dead? The war Britain and France declared to defend Polish freedom ended up making Poland and all of Eastern and Central Europe safe for Stalinism. And at the festivities in Moscow, Americans and Russians were front and center, smiling – not British and French. Understandably.
Yes, Bush has opened up quite a can of worms.