Nasir Khan, Dec. 13, 2015
Joseph Stalin’s pivotal roles in the fight against Nazi invasion, his mobilization of the Soviet people for the Great Patriotic War and his dominating and decisive leadership in the conduct of the war against the Nazi Germany are unprecedented in the history of Europe since the end of the Napoleonic era.
It does not mean that we should cover up his hard polices he followed in collectivization and industrialization of the country. His suppression of political dissent and elimination of all who could be a threat to his rule proved disastrous for the world communist movement. His political suppression pre-empted the moral force of Communism for a worldwide new form of State structure under the control of the working classes.
However, despite all the mistakes he made, his stature as a leading military strategist and leader against the Nazi war is great, possibly too great, for a military historian to narrate impartially who is not in the service of US imperialism and neo-conservatism.