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Aldo Matteucci May 30, 2013

Thanks, Dimitri, for this good example of "blow-back" - the unintended consequence that turns a well-thought policy on its head. You write: "The latter, from its own peculiar wish to unite all the proletarians of the world, not just the Allies in World War II!" I'm not sure that what you say supports your contention. Since the beginning of the Russian Revolution Soviet leaders wavered between "communism in one country" and "world revolution". Stalin accepted the former goal, and did everything in his power to secure the acquis, rather than going for world-wide expansion (well, he was still an opportunist). What you say is more consonant with a strategy of defending the Soviet Union. In a worldwide drive for hegemony, Stalin's tanks would have rolled over the UN no matter what.

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