Putin Praises Then Blames Poland

After 70 years you’d think there would be some obvious points to be made about who started World War II in Europe (never mind that the Japanese were already fighting it in China). For decades it has been commonly accepted wisdom that when Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939 she alone was responsible for starting the conflagration. Britain and France entered the war to stop Nazi aggression a couple days later, but what of the Soviet Union?

History is written by the victors, and it has long been glossed over in the history books what happened shortly after the Germans invaded Poland – the Soviet Union dog piled Poland by carving up her eastern flank. Many argue this makes the Soviet Union (not modern Russia) at least partly complicit for assisting Nazi Germany at the very time she might have been dissuaded. Today, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin offered some conciliatory words for Poland, labeling the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact as “immoral” but in recent statements has downplayed the Soviet invasion of Poland by blaming the Poles themselves!

As we prepare to observe the formal entrance of the Soviet troops into Poland (Sept. 17, 1939) we ask the question “Does the Soviet Union bear at least some blame for starting World War II?”

[I originally published this at the blogging site GreatHistory.com]


~ by greathistorydotcom on September 2, 2009.

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