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Telling the Truth in Soviet Russia and in the West

Thursday, 16 September 2004 12:00 AM

I was courting a college coed of mine, a beauty who responded to my courtship. (I had heard that when her friend chided her for falling in love with an ugly man, the beauty said to her: “Ugly? Oh, no! When he speaks he has such EYES!” Goethe was asked at the age of 80 or so how he could expect his love reciprocated by a girl of 18, and he said that a woman loves in a man the intelligence of her future son.)

Anyway, to show the beauty how intelligent I was, I began to explain to her that the late Stalin had been a tyrant, not the founder of a nascent paradise on earth. But instead of admiring my EYES, she burst into tears, and I could make out between her sobs, “I didn’t know that you were so cynical!”

I could well assume that I was a unique freak, thinking thoughts that seemed to the rest of the country’s population to be cynical monstrosities.

The only evidence that I was not a unique freak uttering cynical monstrosities was the fact that I had three friends who understood me and shared my views.

I was lucky. I was a son of a writer (a playwright). As such, he was a member of the Writers Union, and its members resided in the same apartment houses and sent their children to “writers’ children’s summer camps.”

My three friends were also children of writers (two of poets and one of a script writer).

Though Soviet writers were supposed (especially under Stalin) to write propaganda or at least what did not run counter to the official Soviet propaganda, they were mentally above average. Their children were even more above average by nature (heredity) and by nurture (the books and conversations in their homes).

The Soviet power-holders made a mistake keeping the writers and their children together.

When we came to New York from Soviet Russia in 1972, I was invited to speak at a university in Canada and at Columbia University.

At the university in Canada, many of the students were French, and as soon as I began to speak, they shouted to express their scorn, disbelief and rage. After Khrushchev’s speech in 1956, it was generally accepted in the West that Stalin was not a pure incarnation of genius who had been creating a paradise on earth. But I was expressing cynical monstrosities about the Soviet DICTATORSHIP (good heavens!) and claimed that it was developing post-nuclear superweapons to circumvent Mutual Assured Destruction!

I was able to finish my lecture only because an English-Canadian student stood up and said that the university had paid me a fee for the lecture and all the expenses. Should the university money be wasted? Those who did not find the lecture worth any money could walk out! The French students toned down, especially when I began to ridicule their remarks, to outbursts of laughter (so I was worth my fee after all!).

At Columbia, the audience of future degreed Sovietologists listened to my lecture in gloomy silence. A lady Sovietologist who had invited me said apologetically that I had given them “much food for thought.” A professor of Sovietology stood up and inquired belligerently how I could compare Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany if they were the opposites.

My monstrous cynicism had shocked him: I could easily imagine him bursting into tears, saying between the sobs that he didn’t know that anyone from Soviet Russia could be so cynical.

What I am saying now about post-1949 China is much more obvious than what I said about Stalin’s Russia to my beautiful coed after Stalin’s death in 1953. Yet the silence in the West about what I am saying now is as complete as was the silence about what I was saying in Soviet Russia between 1953 and 1956.

Who can doubt that the dictatorship of China, which is called by the dictators “the People’s [!] Republic [!],” is the largest dictatorship in world history?

Who can doubt that in order to survive it has to defend its absolutism against Tiananmen Square-like movements, inspired by the very fact of existence of the democratic West?

Who can doubt that, since 1986, post-nuclear superweapons are being developed in China in eight fields – a situation described in the Chinese media?

Who can doubt that having become able to circumvent Mutual Assured Destruction by destroying the Western means of nuclear retaliation, the “People’s [!] Liberation [!] Army” will “liberate” not only Taiwan, which the United States defends, but the United States itself and the West in general?

Post-1949 China was created by Mao, Stalin’s disciple. Stalin was called “the first champion of world peace.” But a German Communist song, composed before Hitler came to power and translated into Russian, went thus:

Surely one has only to replace the “World USSR” (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) with the “World PRC” (People’s Republic of China).

Am I an eternal unique freak? In Soviet Russia my three friends disproved this possibility. In the West today it is disproved by thousands of e-mails from my readers all over the world. I will cite just one of these responses:

I think you’re the only person in public life who is aware of what China plans for this country and is willing to go public. Don’t quit, don’t stop, don’t weaken. It’s not easy being a “Paul Revere,” but history (if we survive) will always remember.

Stay strong and on course.

Jim Lingren

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