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.
As usual, I was ahead of the curve and so were we on Libertarian Politics Live.
The Washington Times:
Robin Reed, slated to become the next president of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation on Monday, is standing by his predecessor's decision to install a bust of dictator Josef Stalin at the memorial in Bedford, Va.
I must live in some alternate universe or something. That is what I thought when we had a guest on Libertarian Politics Live tonight. The guest was a late booking, but we had Marcus Kilga of the Global Museum On Communism on the second segment. A must listen.
Marcus said that the donor that gave the money to commission the statue was anonymous. Efforts are being made to find out who it was. The pusillanimity of Robin Reed is reprehensible. I cannot for the life of me figure out how this makes sense. Russia had nothing to do with D-Day. No Russians were there. Stalin made Hitler look like a boy scout. 30 million killed is a conservative estimate, and these aren't war losses, not to mention, The American Tragedy In Stalin's Russia. They all died while FDR played his fiddle, so to speak. As Cassius Clay would say, Stalin was a Baaaad Man.
Dr. Lee Edwards of the Global Museum on Communism had this to say:
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, statues of Joseph Stalin have been torn down all over Europe and even in the former Soviet Union itself. The world is closer than ever before to a consensus on the evils of communism and Stalin's primary role in the worst crimes of the last century. And yet a statue of Stalin is included in the National D-Day Memorial, to be dedicated in Bedford, Virginia, this Sunday, June 6.
Near the statue of Stalin, a plaque catalogues Stalin's crimes against millions of people both in Russia and throughout Europe. But no mere plaque can justify the inclusion of the statue which dishonors the heroic individuals who sacrificed so much on D-Day and in the Cold War.
A bust of Joseph Stalin has no place in a memorial whose purpose is to salute the brave soldiers who made D-Day a vital victory in the crusade for freedom.
The fact that this happened under the Obama Regime isn't a coincidence my friends. Even W would have had contempt for this. It's outrageous and a legitimization of Stalin. Juxtapose this with the removal of Churchill's bust from the White House, replaced with a magazine cover of Obama walking on water, You have to wonder. The world has truly turned upside down.
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