The twentieth century was the age of the Great Dictators, Mao, Mussolini, Hitler, and, of course, the Greatest of the Great Dictators, the ex-seminarian and Georgian, Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, known to us all as Josef Stalin. As a former college professor of Russian History, I must admit my fascination in Stalin, a man whom one of my university-chosen Russian History textbooks rather stupidly and lamely characterized as "a great statesman"! Such is the moral morass of modern American "education"!
There is a new theory, coming out of Russia and from circles in that country that still lionize the Great Dictator, that Stalin's death was not the death by natural causes from a stroke and brain hemorrhage that we have all been told in the history books. I link this intriguing pdf file below:
The thesis of this article is rather breathtaking, and hints that Stalin's notorious purges, particularly those that occurred after World War Two, may have been motivated by something more than Stalin's well-known paranoia: "Just as President Eisenhower had warned of the danger of a 'military-industrial complex' assuming excessive power in the United States, Stalin feared that a 'military-party complex' threatened to usurp all power in the Soviet Union and took steps to thwart it.... After Waorld War II Stalin made a second, more drastic move to reduce the power of party bosses by attempting to separate the party from the governance of the Soviet Union." (p. 6, Emphasis added). I must confess, when I read those lines, I was stunned, for as a Russian history professor years ago, I had stressed over and over to my students the nature of the Communist Party as a parallel bureaucracy to that of the Russian state, at all levels, and even pointed out the virtual merger of the two in the Stalinist "constitution" of 1936. The idea that Stalin would seek to undo the relationship to me was, at first glance, staggering.
The Russian authors believe, however, that Western intelligence aided Khrushchev and Marshal Zhukov in overthrowing Stalin, and their reasons for maintaining this should send a shudder through anyone: Stalin and his council of ministers decreed "As of 1 March 1950 to end basing the exchange rate of the ruble relative to foreign currencies based on the dollar and to change it to a more stable gold standard based on the gold content of the ruble."(p. 7). Additionally, Stalin was refusing to use and price Russia's international trade in dollars. In short, Stalin was breaking away from the dollar as the world's reserve currency.(p. 8). The fact that "medical aid was delayed or withheld for the dying dictator" convinced the Russian authors that Stalin's death was intentional, and they speculate that Khrushchev and Marshal Zhukov had assistance in the plot from exiled Trotskyites and Western Intelligence. (p. 10). In short, everyone had something to gain by Stalin's death...except, of course, the Russians themselves.
The pattern is eerily familiar by now, brutal, murderous dictators, who, nonetheless, have the savvy to "smell a rotten fish" in the global financial and currency racket, and who took steps to do something about it.
Can we all say Saddam Hussein, and Mohamar Qaddafi?