Let us break down the facts: on the morning of september the 1st, 1939, Germany invades Poland in what marks the 'official' start of Second World War. Hitler is remembered forever as he who would ignite WW2. And this much is true. Later on historians would split the blame between Chamberlain et co for their desperate trying to sue for peace rather than face the growing threat. That's also true. Historians further speculate that the Soviet-German non-agression pact (aka the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact), signed only a week before the War, was the spark. Ditto for that fact.
But there's more.
Because Stalin would later on join the Allies and have his nation bare the burden of War like no other, and because the authors of our school-books think it's better to use paper to print out tabloid pictures than keep record of history, a lot of his actions--good and bad alike--go ignored. Few people would know that Stalin had engaged in hostility with at least six souvereign nations before he got invaded: Japan (in Manchuria), Finland (whose part of territory he conquered), Lituania, Estonia, Latvia (each of whom he anexed to the USSR) and Poland. The last one is most interesting because it was an invasion agreed upon by both Hitler and Stalin. The two leaders agreed to "split" Poland in the aforementioned Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, named after the two signees. Funny it should be named that however. You see, Stalin never signed anywhere. He wasn't even a head of State before he delcared himself one in may of 1941. It was Vyacheslav Molotov, the first secretary of Politbury, who was listed on all official Soviet documents, including this famous Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. But rest assured Stalin held all the reigns to power and the keys to NKVD office. He was equally present in that meeting held between Molotov and Joachim Ribbentrop, German's foreign minister. He knew all the agreements stated therein; he knew he was to invade Poland as part of the deal. No Stalin appologist can plea ignorance on his behalf. So why didn't he strike on the first of september? Why wait two more weeks (when he eventually attacked)? I can only speculate on that one. What I do know is he consciously agreed and follow thru with the invasion--an invasion, I remind you, that was the 'official' start of the Second World War. Oh, sure, he has his arguments to invade. Everyone usually does. He had argued that he merely wanted to claim territories lost by Soviet Union to Germany following the Brest-Litovsk treaty who in turn had lost this land following the Versailles treaty one year after. But this doesn't take from the fact that Stalin had acted as an agressor on at least several occasions in face of souvereign nations, including Poland. So why does he not share the blame for the start of the War in a way that Hitler does?
An original topic for you. Informative too. And, most of all, not clichee!
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