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Posted by Jack Stanley on March 19, 2004 at 11:13:27:
In Reply to: Re: said that their parents were nor Christians posted by nonsense on March 19, 2004 at 10:59:09:
Stalin and his successors were masters at maintaining the traditional, tsarist practices of divise et impera (divide and conquer) vis-a-vis the various subjugated nationalities of the Soviet empire, in order to maintain centralized power. Stalin was particularly adept at creating enclaves of minority groups and at fostering inter-ethnic rivalries, so as to justify Soviet intervention to "preserve the peace". Present-day residues of this policy are evident in Georgia, Armenia, Moldava and the Central Asian republics. A particular vicious variant of this practice was state-sponsored anti-semitism, especially in Ukraine. Knowing that anti-semitism in Ukraine would be confused with anti-semitism by Ukrainians, the tsar and his communist successors operating out of Moscow, would arrange to have vile racial tracts published at Ukrainian addresses so as to foment friction between Ukrainians and Jews.