Eric Margolis | Apr. 10, 1998 | Eugene Harasymiw
"There's method in Yeltsin's madness" -- April 5, 1998 article in
From: Eugene Harasymiw
Sent: April 10, 1998 09:37 PM
Subject: "There's method in Yeltsin's madness" -- April 5,
1998 article in
Dear Mr. Margolis:
I have been reading every article written by you since you first began
contributing to the Sun chain. I cannot say there was one article that
I did not gain a considerable measure of knowledge from. Your
insights into world political events and your historical analyses were
and continue to be top notch.
In reading the above noted article, I can say that I have not in my
reading of newspapers over the past 30 years ever read a more powerful
and revealing piece of literature! You are to be congratulated most
heartily and most sincerely for your principled, daring and gutsy
revelations. In my view, it takes courage and integrity to put one's
name to an article that goes against current wisdom/fashion/political
On behalf of all peoples who have suffered needlessly, bitterly and
quietly at the hands of Soviet criminals, allow me to convey my most
May the God you believe in bless you and grant you many years of good
health and good fortune.
Eugene Harasymiw, B.A.(Hon.), LL.B.
Sent: April 13, 1998 9:37 AM
To: Eugene Harasymiw
Subject: Re: "There's method in Yeltsin's madness" -- April 5,
1998 article in
Thank you very much. Your words keep my pen sharp!
Toronto Sun | 05Apr1998 | Eric Margolis
There's method in Yeltsin's madness
What's going on in Moscow? Last week, Boris Yeltsin abruptly fired his
entire government, including heir apparent, Viktor Chernomyrdin. In his
place, Yeltsin appointed Sergei Kiriyenko, an almost unknown 35-year
old technocrat, as prime minister.
Yeltsin then quickly restored
some of the key players he had fired, including Russia's able foreign
minister, Yevgeny Primakov. Yeltsin also named hardliner Sergei
Stepashin interior minister to replace another hawk, Gen. Anatoli
Kulikov. Former cabinet ministers Boris Nemtsov and Anatoli Chubias
were dumped in the reshuffle.
Yeltsin then announced he would not run for another presidential term in 2000.
and outsiders were shocked and bewildered by Yeltsin's political
thunderclap. My most reliable Moscow sources were utterly confused.
WasYeltsin cutting down rivals as part of a secret plan to run again?An enigma, wrapped up in a mystery, as Winston Churchill observed of Russia.
Was kingmaker Boris Berezhovsky, Russia's greatest industrial baron, mounting a byzantine intrigue?
Would Yeltsin become regent of a restored Romanov dynasty?
Was Yeltsin simply out of control?
of violent, irrational behavior, and bloody purges, are Russian
traditions. Ivan the Terrible had his dreaded secret police -- the
opritchniki -- cut off the heads of plotting boyars (nobles). Peter the
Great tortured his boyars. When the party bureaucracy frustrated Josef
Stalin's commands, he had two million communist cadres shot. Response,
thereafter, was eager and rapid.
Few noticed a very important
event amid Moscow's political uproar. After finishing his Kremlin
spring cleaning, Yeltsin ordered secret documents about Stalin be
handed over to a presidential commission investigating victims of
Soviet terror. While some Soviet-era archives have been opened to
scholars, many key documents remain sealed as state secrets.
No adequate investigation
high time for "new" Russia to face up to Stalin's crimes. Germany fully
confessed to Adolf Hitler's crimes against humanity. Japan grudgingly
concedes "regret" for some wartime crimes. But the greatest crimes of
all -- Stalin's wave of Red Terror -- have never been adequately
investigated or denounced by Russia. President Yeltsin is doing his
people, and the world, a favor by shining light into Russia's darkest
night of horror and shame.
We have been thoroughly conditioned
by wartime propaganda and subsequent relentless rehashing on TV of Nazi
themes (including, even, space Nazis!) to believe Hitler and his Nazis
were the century's worst criminals. This is one of the biggest lies of
Hitler killed about 12 million people, half of them Jews.
to the lowest estimates by reputable Russian historians, Stalin was
directly responsible for murdering 20 million of his own people,
including eight million Ukrainians in the 1930s.
and foreign scholars, like the noted Robert Conquest, assert the true
numbers of Stalin's victims was 30 million, or even 40 million! These
figures do not include Russia's 18 million war dead. Opening secret
Soviet archives will, I believe, point to the 30 million figure.
full story of the Ukrainian Holocaust and the NKVD's savagery in the
Baltic states is murky, even today. Stalin's exile of entire Muslim
peoples, such as Chechen, Ingush, Cherkass, Dhagestanis, and Tatars,
remains almost unknown. Three million Muslims may have died in Stalin's
Arctic camps where extreme cold proved an even cheaper and more
efficient killer than poison gas.
While Hitler's worst crimes
occurred from 1942 onward, and were masked by world war, Stalin's mass
murder of eight million Ukrainians happened in the 1930s, before the
world's direct gaze.
Hitler did not start World War II alone: he
began it jointly with ally Stalin, when Germany and the USSR invaded
and carved up Poland -- after Russia invaded Finland.
we watch Jewish groups lambaste Switzerland for aiding Nazi Germany, we
should ask: what about the U.S. and Britain allying themselves with
Stalin's USSR, a far bloodier, more dangerous tyranny than Nazi
Germany? Wartime president Franklin Roosevelt shamefully called Stalin,
who had recently murdered tens of millions, "our Uncle Joe". President
Bill Clinton should have added the U.S. alliance with Stalin to his
orgy of historical contrition during his African trip.
was inflated as a villain, and Stalin downplayed, by the victorious
Americans and British, who, of course, did not want to be seen
cynically using a greater monster to defeat a lesser one -- or
"liberating" Europe from the Nazis by handing half of it to communism.
Stalinists and fellow travellers who infested Hollywood from 1930-1950,
hid Stalin's crimes while trumpeting Hitler's. Their liberal heirs
today continue this love affair with the left; as well as a policy of
ensuring the terrible suffering of Hitler's victims is not diluted by
revelations of the equally terrible sufferings of other peoples.
has hidden the the full story of Stalin's crimes out of national shame
and amnesia induced by national agony. European and American
socialists/leftists don't want to be reminded their roots are entwined
with Stalin's and Lenin's tyranny.
This conspiracy of silence
must end. Congratulations to Boris the Basher for opening Soviet
archives. Crafty Yeltsin knows the facts will badly damage Russia's
The Left wants to keep hiding the truth that
Stalin was history's single greatest murderer. And that Communist
regimes killed more people -- close to 100 million -- this century,
than all its wars combined.