Monday, March 19, 2007

The Buddha of the Kremlin

How would you describe Joseph Stalin? tyrant? mass murderer? If so, the New York Times would likely not have hired you. On Nov. 20, 1927, their reporter, Ms. McCormick who had just returned from a trip to the USSR, called him the "buddha of the Kremlin." She praised him as "calm" and "steady."

This is the same reporter who, six years later, would praise Mussolini's devotion to the "cause of world peace."

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