Somewhere in Babylon
- Jan 12, 2010
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The installation of a memorial bust of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in Bedford, Va., next to Western Allied leaders in World War II has ignited a firestorm of controversy and threatened to tear apart the small town 200 miles south of the nation's capital.
Opponents of the bronze sculpture say it has no right to be placed in the National D-Day Memorial next to the busts of Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill because Stalin's murderous rule led to the deaths of at least 20 million people, surpassing even the number of murders under Hitler's bloody reign.
The Bedford board of supervisors voted unanimously late last month to ask the National D-Day Memorial Foundation to lose the bust. A group called the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation has an electronic petition calling on the memorial overseers to remove the bust. Several newspaper editorials have criticized the bust.
But the foundation isn't backing down, saying that Stalin, love him or hate him, is a part of the war's history, and his actions should be remembered.
"We certainly can understand the concern recently expressed by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors on behalf of their constituents and their interests," Robin Reed, president of the foundation said in a written statement.
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The Joint Baltic American National Committee, a lobbying group, said the bust not only elevates Stalin but "does a great disservice to the memories" of the soldiers who died at Normandy.
Did Stalin or any soviet soldiers kill soldiers at Normandy?
FOXNews.com - Stalin Bust Sparks Outrage Among Small-Town Residents
This is a toughie, because this memorial is set up for D-Day, however if it has other historical exhibits to show other parts of the war, then I really don't see whats wrong with this? Because I do wonder if it's a legitimate complaint, or the recent right wing induced hysteria about communism and Stalin that is putting people off.
This bust is not commemorating or glorifying Stalin but putting him next to the people who he had dealings with. Or do we just forget about it?