Adam's Tragedy ♠ La Tragédie d'Adam

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Adam's Tragedy ♠ La Tragédie d'Adam

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Report of comrade Smirnov, instructor in the Cheka, from Sysran in the Tambov province, March 22, 1919:
I checked the Kulak's uprising in the Novo-Matrionskaïa volost. Instruction has been led in a chaotic way. 75 persons were interrogated under torture and it's impossible to understand anything from the transcribed testimonials (...) 5 people were shot on February 16, 13 the day after. The report of the sentence and the executions is dated February 28th. When I asked the local Cheka officer he answered: "We never have the time to write reports. What's the point anyway, since we're exterminating the Kulaks and bourgeois as a class?
Mission report of comrade Rosenthal, inspector at the Special Department Direction, from Astrakhan, October 16, 1919:
(...) as for the events of March, it is impossible to get the slightest idea of who was shot and why (...) Almost all the Chekists consume heavy doses of cocaine. It helps them, as they say, to better stand the daily sight of blood.
From Omsk, February 1922, an inspector writes:
(Peasants) who didn't fulfill their quota of delivery fully are tied up, forced to run up the village's central street, naked, and locked in unheated warehouses. Many women were beaten until they pass out; they were placed naked in holes dug in the snow...
Report of the political police, Pskov province, October 1922:
In the Riazan and Tver province, fulfilling 100% of the quotas would condemn the peasantry to die from starvation.

In the Novo-Nikolaïevsk province, famine is menacing and the peasants are saving grass and roots for their own sustenance.

Information from the province of Kiev tells us about a swell of suicides never seen before: peasants commit mass suicides because they can't pay the taxes nor get their confiscated weapons back.
These four examples are but a few drops in an ocean of blood. At that time, the martyr of the Russian people, victim of the Socialist attention, was just beginning and the worst was still to come.

Yet Adam Nicolson, when he's not writing nonsense about the terrorists facing their responsibilities at Guantanamo, follows a long tradition of Leftist Western intellectuals spitting at the face of the multitude slaughtered by Socialism, by writing nonsense on contemporaneous Russia.

Despite the record of violence of the super Communist state against its own people - not mentioning its record of violence and terrorism against the rest of the world - Adam the Useful yet frustrated Idiot's opinion is that Russia's greatest tragedy is coming now under the form of what he calls "the worst side of America's gift to the world", that horrendous "materialism" which, for the horrified and outraged Adam, takes shape in the palace being renovated for Vladimir Putin at Strelna.

Adam doesn't dig the deco you know.

And that's Russia's tragedy, and America's fault.

This pathetic and irrelevant marmalade of marshmallow nostalgia about whatever past "unique spirit and sensibility" belonging to the Russian construction works, and on which Adam the Phony Lachrymose pour out his feelings, as a cheap way to blame America for something else and for something more is nothing but an insult to the reader's intelligence.

I understand it's an "opinion" column, but could it be that standards are falling that low over there at the Telegraph?

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Rapport du camarade Smirnov, instructeur de la Tcheka, depuis Sysran dans la province de Tambov, 22 mars 1919:
J'ai vérifié l'affaire du soulèvement koulak dans la volost Novo-Matrionskaïa. L'instruction a été menée de façon chaotique. 75 personnes ont été interrogées sous la torture, et des témoignages transcrits il est impossible de comprendre quoi que ce soit (...) On a fusillé 5 personnes le 16 février, treize le lendemain. Le procès-verbal des condamnations et des exécutions date du 28 février. Quand j'ai demandé au responsable de la Tcheka locale de s'expliquer, il m'a répondu : "On n'a jamais le temps d'écrire des procès-verbaux. À quoi cela servirait-il de toute façon puisqu'on extermine les koulaks et les bourgeois en tant que classe ?
Rapport de mission du camarade Rosenthal, inspecteur de la Direction des Départements Spéciaux, d'Astrakhan, 16 octobre 1919 :
(...) En ce qui concerne les évènements de mars, il est impossible de se faire une idée sur qui a été fusillé et pourquoi (...) Presque tous les tchékistes font une forte consommation de cocaïne. Cela leur permet, disent-ils, de mieux supporter la vue quotidienne du sang.
Depuis Omsk, février 1922, un inspecteur écrit:
(les paysans) qui n'ont pas rempli en totalité leur quota de livraison sont ligotés, contraints de courir, nus, le long de la rue principale du village, puis enfermés dans un hangar non chauffé. On a battu un grand nombre de femmes jusqu'à ce qu'elles perdent connaissance, on les mettait nues dans des trous creusés dans la neige...
Rapport de la police politique, Province de Pskov, octobre 1922:
Dans les provinces de Riazan et Tver, la réalisation de 100% des quotas condamnerait la paysannerie à mourir de faim.

Dans la province de Novo-Nikolaïevsk, la famine menace et les paysans font des provisions d'herbe et de racines pour leur propre consommation.

(des) informations nous parviennent de la province de Kiev où l'on assiste à une vague de suicides comme on n'en avait jamais vu : les paysans se suicident en masse parce qu'ils ne peuvent ni payer leurs impôts, ni reprendre les armes qui leur ont été confisquées.
Ces quatre exemples ne sont que quelques gouttes dans un océan de sang. A cette époque, le martyr du peuple russe, victime de l'attention du socialisme ne faisait que commencer et le pire était encore à venir.

Pourtant, Adam Nicolson, lorsqu'il n'écrit pas des stupidités au sujet des terroristes assumant leurs responsabilités à Guantanamo, honore une longue tradition d'intellectuels occidentaux crachant à la figure des multitudes massacrées par le socialisme en écrivant des stupidités au sujet de la Russie contemporaine.

En dépit du record de violence du super état communiste à l'encontre de son propre peuple - sans parler de son record de violence et de terrorisme à l'encontre du reste du monde - l'opinion d'Adam l'Idiot Utile bien que Frustré est que la plus grande tragédie de la Russie prend place maintenant sous la forme de ce qu'il nomme "le pire aspect du don de l'Amérique au monde", cet horrible "matérialisme" qui, pour un Adam horrifié et outragé, est personnifié par le palais rénové pour Vladimir Putin à Strelna.

Adam n'aime pas la déco savez vous.

Et ça c'est la tragédie de la Russie et la faute de l'Amérique.

Cette pathétique marmelade hors sujet de guimauve nostalgique à propos d'un quelconque "esprit et sensibilité unique" appartenant à la construction russe, sur lesquels Adam le Larmoyant Fumiste s'épanche, afin de blâmer l'Amérique à peu de frais pour quelque chose d'autre et pour quelque chose de plus, n'est qu'une insulte à l'intelligence du lecteur.

J'ai bien compris qu'il s'agit là d'un édito "d'opinion" mais quand bien même, serait-il possible que les standards baissent à ce point au Telegraph ?

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“Could it be that standards are falling that low over there at the Telegraph?”  Alas, Monsieur Frogman, these are not fallen standards.  The standards re: Communism have been this low since the ‘30s.  In the West people were slow to recognize the Soviet state for what it truly was; Winston Churchill is one exception who comes readily to mind.  Oddly, George Orwell was another, going “off the socialist reservation,” as it were.

For seventy years at least, the standard line is that these were idealists who got carried away, and that any atrocities were regrettable, isolated incidents in pursuit of a noble goal.  It’s easy enough to believe because evidence to the contrary (such as the four you cited) becomes one more regrettable, isolated incident.  This does involve a large dose of self-delusion, but that’s the easy part.  Association with a “bold movement,” especially one whose power wanes, gives all the required thrills and self-approval for people with a taste for faux-martyrdom, and sweeps aside any doubts.  They also get to murmur to themselves, “Of course, if I had been in charge it wouldn’t have been like that at all.”  One gets the cache of approving of the Movement while rising superior to its flaws - truly a triumph of escapist thinking.