Today I start my review of this piece by Herman Sadulaev, entitled
Why the USSR Was Not Ready For War With Nazi Germany
This is a thorny topic, and an extremely painful one, even to this day. The success of the Nazi “surprise attack” resulted in untold millions of deaths and destruction for the Soviet people. It was a catastrophe of super-Biblical proportions. For every Russian family, even to this day, even thinking about this disaster is like a dagger to the heart.
It’s easy to blame Stalin, of course. And not just in the sense that he was the national leader at the time, whether you like it or not, and “The Bucks Stops Here” — but also in the sense that he wasted so many national resources, for example intelligence assets, going after his personal enemies and political opponents. For example the Trotskyist political parties, and Trotsky himself. Intelligence assets which might have been otherwise engaged trying to ferret out what the Germans were planning.
Which, by the way, really boils my grits, when the Furrie-type True-Believer Stalinists attempt to ascribe super-powers and a kind of teleological genius to their hero. As in: Even back in the 1920’s Stalin was able, with his super-powers, and perhaps the use of a time-machine, to foresee into the future. He foresaw the Nazi invasion! And this was why he had to first exile, and then torture and execute all of his opponents, starting with Zinoviev and Bukharin and the rest… and the Moscow Trials and all that jazz, it wasn’t because Stalin was power-hungry and vindictive, no, not at all! It was because of his love for Mother Russia. He knew the nation would need a strong single leader, unopposed, for the trials and tribulations to come! As Eisenstein’s Ivan Grozny announces, after executing the last of the rebellious boyars: “Now my hands are untied! Our internal enemies have been defeated. Now I can set about uniting the nation against our external foes!” Uh huh…
But enough Stalin bashing for now, let’s get down to business and work through Sadulaev’s line of reasoning…. He believes that the Soviet leadership of the time had a logical reason for not expecting the Nazi attack so soon. Oh, they knew the attack would come, they just thought they had more time. For starters, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact (which was a wise and rational choice, given the options at the time) bought a nice chunk of time against the inevitable. And then, even in addition to that, the Soviet leaders thought they had, maybe one more year to get everything ready.
This is a reasonable argument, as we work through it, at least it sounds reasonable to me, but readers will find a little surprise in there regarding the Iranian connection.
Sadulaev: Why was the Soviet Union so unprepared for war against Nazi Germany? Why were intelligence briefings ignored, which reported on troop concentrations on the Western border of the USSR? Why were Soviet military units not deployed prior to June 22, 1941? How did it happen that the highest political and military leadership of the country could not foresee the inevitable — so it would seem — aggression of the German Nazis and their allies? As a result the Red Army, for a period of several months, was shattered, almost destroyed, careening backwards in retreat, losing territory, equipment, hundreds of thousands of soldiers killed or taken captive.
We need to find answers to these questions. The tragedy of 1941 is not just simply history for us. It will always be a burning wound in the heart of our people. There, on the killing fields of 1941 remained, not just our forefathers, but also millions of unborn brothers and sisters, our fellow countrymen, whom we do not have today, because those men, killed or tortured in POW camps, were not able to become parents. And this too was the root cause of the Leningrad Blockade, and the postwar hunger and destruction. The need to employ super-human strength and resources to rebuild the economy, especially on those lands that had been occupied by the enemy.
Certain Falsifiers of History misuse this theme to push their idea that Stalin was planning to attack Western Europe himself; Hitler just beat him to it. These same falsifiers prate on about the idiocy and blood-thirstiness of the Communist regime, which was only interested in oppressing their own citizens, instead of preparing for war. They concoct these lying fairy tales with one single goal: to equate “Bolshevism” with Nazism. By doing so, they rehabilitate Nazism and attempt to wipe from historical memory the crimes of Nazism, the genocide, and the Holocaust.
However, even if we ignore these silly “historical hypotheses” which lull the Russophobes and anti-Communists, and even the “Hitler-moustache” types and their contemporary (secret) adherents, we would still need to explain what happened. Our hypothesis must be logical, even if the logic itself is paradoxical. We cannot explain historical events of such a grand scale with simplistic moaning about “repressions” and the “bloody totalitarian regime” and so on. There are always reasons of an objective nature, including military, economic and geopolitical factors.
[to be continued]