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Submitted by David W. Lincoln (Canada), May 2, 2007 at 19:12

"70 years of communism didn't drastically change the nature of russian people, because their inner self is stronger than communism."

Well, I place a high degree of credence to what Richard Pipes had to say about Russia. What was there before 1917 was there afterwards. In other words, the KGB learned a lot from the Okhrana, and the commisars learned a lot from autocrats. As for the demonizing of Muslims, there is a lot there to support that view.

What I am saying is, those aspects of people which restrain a re-enactment of the worst of Goebbels, let us build upon them. Rather than consign people to the flames of hades who honestly conclude that they are on the right side - but will not in the least bit countenance that a different route to the way life ought to be lived, that a different route is available. It boils down to this: are they willing to see where they are wrong. Those who do so, these are the one's who show the most promise in putting the worst of the past behind them.


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