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Burying Lenin

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“Russians should not bury Lenin until they uncover his lies,” writes Walter Rodgers, former senior international correspondent for CNN, in Christian Science Monitor. Russians must face up to Lenin’s brutal legacy – as Germans did Hitler’s, he says. “Burying Lenin would be terribly dishonest. It would risk erasing the brutally violent communist legacy he spawned. His strain of socialism bankrupted Russia morally and economically, leaving it in many respects a third-world country – even today,” Rodgers opines. “When new nationalist saviors like current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appear on stage, flaunting the same arrogance Lenin practiced with his messianic vision, Russians ought to be able to look at Lenin’s tomb for a chilling reminder that rigid, intolerant ideologies are usually flawed and destructive beyond imagining,” Rodgers writes.

“Modern societies require healthy doses of introspection, self-criticism, and atonement to prevent backsliding into medieval savagery,” Rodgers points out. “Societies are corrupted by the lies their leaders tell; the greater the untruth, the more corrupt the society becomes. Interring Lenin may paper over, but will not expunge, the bloody Bolshevik past,” he notes. “Russia must have its reckoning, an honest curriculum in schools that teaches students how Lenin seduced their great-grandparents into serving a totalitarian state. The Germans came to terms with history after World War II, and are the richer because of it. Younger Russians today deserve no less than the same truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Modern Russia would dishonor communism’s victims if Lenin’s corpse is smuggled out of town on a moonless night,” Rodgers concludes.




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