dealing with the truth

Everyone has an inbuilt "normalcy bias" and I suppose I'm no exception to that. I was brought up to have decent moral values and for the longest time resisted the idea that there were people walking among us, people who had elevated themselves to positions of power and influence, that were rotten to the core. As the saying goes, I thought everyone was like myself. But the notion that the people who are running our countries are decent and believe in our traditional values is false, and we're going to have to abandon our "normalcy bias" and start dealing in the terrible, ugly truth.

The Daily Mail has recently written a series of articles about the left in Britain, which included some very influential people. According to the Mail these people went to their death beds believing in the Communist fantasy, and in the UK today, their influence lingers on. The left is alive and in rude health in what remains of Britain today. I have never understood how anyone can worship the dictator Stalin or believe that the impossible dreams of Communism could ever come to pass, but it is an unavoidable fact that many people in Britain have been true believers in what the evidence shows is nothing more than a violent moral sickness.

The British historian Laurence Rees describes in his book "Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West" how Communists serving in the Armed Forces during WWII were guilty of dual loyalty. Rees quotes one fine fellow, a Brian Pearce who was serving with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, who responded to the call for Britain to send troops to fight in Finland against the Red Army:

Pearce confesses that it ‘would have been difficult’ had he been sent as a member of the British army to fight Soviet forces in Finland. ‘I would have had, I suppose, to cross over. . . . Obviously the Red Army was our army, and in a situation like that one must do everything for the Soviet Union. . . . Essentially we were people who had transferred our loyalty to another country. We didn’t see it, of course, as another country; it was the headquarters of the world revolution. We were the British section of the Communist International – theirs was the Russian section and they happened to be the ones who made the revolution first and they were therefore in the leading position.’ He even admitted that, had he and other British Communists been called upon to instigate acts of violence in Britain in order to further the Communist cause, then ‘I suppose we might have done. It’s very difficult to say we wouldn’t have done in those days. You know, we were so devoted to the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union was the light of the world, to put it in religious terms. And one could commit many small crimes in order to achieve a greater [goal] . . . you know, the end justifies the means. . . .’      Rees, Laurence (2012-04-24). World War Two: Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West (Kindle Locations 801-809). Ebury Publishing. Kindle Edition. 

This sort of attitude is all the more mysterious when one considers the views of sailors who visited "the light of the world" (how blasphemous is that!) during the war. Some of the Americans who sailed in the PQ convoys to Russia found out what the Communist paradise was really like: Hell on earth.

Jim Risk, for example, then an American merchant marine officer in his early twenties, was astonished by life in the port of Molotovsk (now Severodvinsk) east of Murmansk. During his stay in the city he was shocked by evidence of the oppressive nature of the Soviet state. He managed to talk to some of the dock labourers, and discovered that they were political prisoners. ‘We’re anti-Stalin,’ they told him. ‘And they [the Soviet authorities] are not going to kill us – they’re just going to work us to death.'   [...]   ‘It was a big shock,’ says Risk. ‘I had no idea that people could be treated that way and still not do something violent in return. . . . We had learned that Stalin was a brute just like Hitler was a brute. They were just brutes in a different language."    Rees, Laurence (2012-04-24). World War Two: Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West (Kindle Locations 3438-3441; 3449-3450). Ebury Publishing. Kindle Edition. 

The personal experience of these American sailors in the Soviet Union was so searing that previously held allegiances changed completely. ‘Aboard my ship, for instance,’ says Risk, ‘when we went to Russia we had six members aboard who were red [Communists] – “pinkies”, we called them. And when we got back to Philadelphia Navy Yard at the end of the year they were no longer pinkies. They had learned what a mistake it was.’ And as for Stalin, Risk had formed the view, as a result of his acquaintance with the Soviet regime – that he was ‘the dirtiest, filthiest personality in the world’    Rees, Laurence (2012-04-24). World War Two: Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West (Kindle Locations 3473-3478). Ebury Publishing. Kindle Edition. 

The truth that we have to accept today is that a lot of the people working in positions of power and influence in our societies have allowed themselves to be seduced by 'the dirtiest, filthiest personality in the world' and actually believe in the terrible, brutal lies that fuelled an evil empire. Gramsci-like, they have deliberately infiltrated the institutions that used to hold our societies together. What can be done about this? Well one thing we can do is spread awareness of just how terrible the Soviet Union was, and just how dirty and filthy the mind of its leader was - in short we have to do everything we can do combat this level of ignorance among our fellow citizens ...

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