A sample of the actual revisionism in the NATO west in the guise of a critique of "Russian revisionism"
A diplomatic row has emerged between Russia and Poland, after scandalous comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin emerged, in which he claimed that the invasion of Poland on the 17th of September 1939 was “necessary because the Polish government lost control of the country” and bizarrely claimed that the Soviet invasion “saved many lives”.
He further went on to accuse Poles of “negotiating with Hitler” and complained that the Poles have been dismantling Red Army memorials.
These comments are part of an increasingly worrying trend in Russian politics, which seeks to minimise and whitewash the crimes of the USSR, in particular their post war occupation of Central and Eastern Europe and their implementation of puppet governments which kept the region under the yolk of communism for almost half a century.
Pure spin and cherry picked quoting.
1) The "invasion" of "Poland" by the USSR in 1939 was the retaking of lands grabbed by the Poles in their 1920 military campaign that
actually invaded and annexed Soviet territory (eastern Belarus and Ukraine). Any discussion of the events without this context
is pure propaganda.
2) It is quite true that the Poland's regime was in a very weak state in 1939 and was not in any position to secure its territory in the
face of a Nazi invasion. The USSR knew that the Nazis were planning an invasion and thereby moved pre-emptively to create
land buffers for defense. Hitler had established a campaign of genocide
so every target country was in a fight forsurvival
. So being "diplomatic" and worrying about Poland's territorial integrity (over illegally seize lands) was the last
thing on the list of concerns.
3) The Polish regime had no intention of allying with the USSR against the Nazis so the USSR could not be expected to support
it in 1939 in the face of a German invasion. Any support or "meddling" would have led to a military conflict with the Polish regime.
That would be an insane waste of men and munitions in the face of a Nazi drang nach osten.
4) The Polish regime had a non-aggression pact with Germany and did in fact negotiate with Hitler in Munich in 1938 where
Czechoslovakia was sold down the river and Poland invaded and grabbed a piece of its territory. So, in many ways, the
Poles were actual allies of Hitler in 1938 even this ally was preparing to invade them in 1939. How could the USSR be
expected to respect this Nazi ally regime?
5) The USSR's non-aggression pact with Germany was quite distinct from that of Poland. The USSR never supplied the
Nazis any industrial and military supplies. The prime exports were grain and food and similar civilian goods. Since it
was clear to anyone with a functional brain that Hitler was a nutjob bent on genocide and was planning to invade the
USSR, any "pact" that would buy time for the USSR to move its factories to the Urals and to build up its military potential
was not only sane but necessary.
6) The so-called carve up of "Poland" by the USSR and the Nazis was nothing of the sort. Stalin had managed to secure
a large territorial buffer by re-taking the lands annexed by Poland in 1920. That is a fail by Hitler who should have made
conditions in the non-aggression pact for Poland's territorial integrity. The fate of Poland-proper was none of the USSR's
concern because it was governed by a hostile regime that was playing footsie with Hitler.
7) The USSR did in fact save many lives (in the USSR) by creating land buffers since it prevented Hitler's success. This
is a stone hard fact that no amount of BS like the article above can obscure. All such propaganda pieces make it seem
that it would be no big deal if Hitler had won in the east. Thus they reveal their cryptic pro-Nazis agenda.