Stalin's daughter has this to say about George Kennan...

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During the twentieth century, close to half the world's population suffered behind Communism's Iron Curtains. And behind those curtains, murder was systematically practiced on a scale the world had never before known. Obscene bloodlust against their own subjects was the common denominator of Communism's leaders including Cambodia's Pol Pot, China's Mao Zedong, and the Soviet Union's Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin—better known as "Papa" Joe Stalin. Stalin himself slaughtered at least fifty million of his fellow citizens.

The March 31, 2014 issue of The New Yorker has a short profile1 of Stalin's daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva, who spent much of the second half of her life here in these United States of America. Until he died a few years ago, Svetlana's closest friend was the American diplomat of the Cold War, George Kennan. Their relationship was up and down...

On April 28, 1976 Svetlana wrote one of her many letters enumerating to Kennan his character flaws. In this particular letter, she wrote:

Dear George, You are unhappy—and this is very obvious—because you constantly betray yourself.

You constantly do not allow yourself to be yourself. You've put yourself—and all your life—into the pattern of (pardon me, please!) that deadly Presbyterian Righteousness which looks "good" only in pronouncements from the pulpit.

Svetlana died in November, 2011. Shortly before her death, she wrote a friend:

I hate to have a stroke, and pray to Almighty to give me heart-attack, instead; at least it is quick. BUT I was always some kind of sinner, so my plea would hardly be considered up there. [emphasis in original]

Thus ends the tormented life of the daughter of "Papa Joe" Stalin, one of the most bloodthirsty evil men the world has ever known.

But Papa Joe and his fellow Communists don't hold a candle to the slaughter brought in by the feminists. As the decades of "freedom of choice" roll on, little ones in the street play "funeral" to the tune, "Communists have killed their millions, egalitarian feminists their billions."

[Thanks to an almost-contemporary of Kennan for correcting my systematic misspelling of "Kennan" when this was first posted.]

  • 1. Nicholas Thompson, "Personal History, My Friend, Stalin's Daughter: The complicated life of Svetlana Alliluyeva" in The New Yorker, March 31, 2014, pp. 30-37.
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