From: The Zone™
At some Point Stalin was going to try take West Europe and Hitler knew had to get in first. If wait till Stalin attacked would be game over quickly.
I never understood this weird theory. If you know the Soviet Union history and the revolutionary theories and struggles (Lubianka and gulag) of the time it's even strangest.
After the death of Lenin, there were two principal candidates. Trotsky and Stalin. Minors like Zinoniev, Kamenev and Bukharin (the theorist) supported one and then the other.
The ideological divide line was clear: Trotsky the internationalist aka let's spread the revolution; Stalin on the other hand would coin and adopt when he won the "socialism in one country" theory, which meant coexistence with the capitalist world.
The struggle was of course to death and all you need to know is that the worst insult ever in the USSR was being called a "trotskyist"
And now this [unproven] theory is telling me that Stalin was going to become suddenly a trotskyist aka spread the revolution Comrade Beria, you've got a job to do! The biggest trotskyist made it to the top
Sorry, but it does not make any sense.
Not to mention the prosaic reality. The Finnish War [remember the Red Army had been purged, even regiment commanders were targeted; divisions, armies, fronts commanders were basically annihilated] showed the pathetic state of that arm. Stalin was indeed a murderous thug but he was not an idiot.
But I still think the main obstacle would have been the trotskyist thing. Stalin patiently built his ruthless machine, a machine made to catch and kill -among others- trotskyists. And now he would tell them "look, I was kidding, we're gunna advance towards the Atlantic, I'm gunna call comrade Trotsky -in Mexico- to make sure his sound advice is listened"...*
A bit like FDR re the war. Just because you want to initiate a war does not mean you can. Stalin is no exception.
*he sent an assassin
< Message edited by TulliusDetritus -- 3/23/2019 11:50:20 PM >
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