Mark Collins – Stalin, Hitler and Mass Murder; China and WW III?

Excerpts from Dominic Lieven’s brilliant book, The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution (one of Prof. Lieven’s forbears became the Imperial Russian Navy’s Chief of Staff):

1) P. 363, before World War II began:

…The Western Allies tended to underestimate Soviet power, particularly after the purges that crippled the armed forces and Soviet diplomacy after 1937.  But they were not wrong in believing in the prewar years that whereas Hitler was threatening to kill millions of people, Stalin had already done so.

Related:

Ukraine: Secret service publishes Stalin files [a mere 30,000 shot in this case]

Stalin’s Willing Executioners

Hitler’s–Willing–Intellectuals

2) P. 368 (at the “Afterword”), very much worth the read itself:

I conceived and wrote this book partly while contemplating the world from my home halfway up a mountain in Japan.  Thinking about World War I while watching the rise of geopolitical competition and strident nationalism in east Asia is not a comforting experience…As depressing is my belief that a century after 1914 our main defence against this happening is remains the awesome deterrent of nuclear weapons.

Sigh.  What is one to make of man, woman, whatever?  Relevant:

Chinese Threat to US Navy/Would US Dare Attack Mainland?

Making the Case For the Eagle’s Carriers vs the Dragon: NOT

Rising Sun’s Yen for Defence Spending, Part 2

With the cockpit in the South China Sea especially in mind (with, for some reason, the US Navy speaking most publicly for the US government–bit odd that).

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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