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WWII: Who really won, or lost?


By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

I have a question whose answer runs against the grain a little. It is prompted by a very interesting book written by Diana West. Titled “American Betrayal” it turns, to some extent, the conventional view of WWII on its head.

The question is who won that war? Maybe the question really should be, who lost?

Certainly Germany and the Axis lost. But that is not all. Poland lost. So did the people of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, China, North Korea, Yugoslavia, Albania, and parts of the Far East such as the Kurile Islands, Manchuria, and Mongolia. They were all swallowed up by brutal Communist regimes. They all lost too. Big time.

Others? Unfortunately millions. Two million or more German POWs captured by the Soviet Union were sent east into slavery in the Soviet Gulag. It was designed to be a one-way trip.

At least 2 million Soviet POWs, captured earlier by the Germans, were repatriated. Repatriated to the Gulag too. They had betrayed the Motherland by surrendering and deserved, according to Stalin, no less. They were sent back because the Allies at Yalta agreed to Stalin’s demand.

None of the POWs wanted to return to the Soviet Union. They knew what awaited them. For many, the only option was suicide and many took it.

In sending Soviet prisoners back to Stalin, “American and British soldiers shed tears as they carried out the orders to club and blackjack prisoners into insensibility (and then)…toss maimed and mangled bodies back into trucks after beating them”. “Operation Keelhaul”, as it was known was a betrayal of Soviet POWs and of our values. The Allies participated in nothing less than a crime against humanity.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn writes, “Pre-Revolutionary executions by the czarist government came to about seventeen per year…more than thousand per month (during)…the revolutionary years of 1918 and 1919…and tens of thousands…were shot per month…at the height of Stalin’s terror in 1937-38”. At one point 40,000.

Hitler was a monster but Stalin had already murdered millions before Hitler could claim his first victim. As for entering into an alliance with a tyrant worse than Hitler Alexander Solzhenitsyn asks, “How is this to be explained? How can we understand it?”

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Concerning women’s healthcare

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis We send representatives to the government to serve us. It is not our job to serve them. Over 90 percent of American women have used some kind of birth control in their lifetimes, yet it is harder every day for women to obtain a ..... 
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Guest commentary regarding Rushford-Peterson Schools

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Linda Hovland Thank You to Brett Kues and Stan Gudmundon for writing a letter to the editor. I am glad that there are people willing to talk about the new school. Whether you are for or against, I really think that there should be a lot of di ..... 
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Why government openness matters

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

One of the fundamental lessons of the 9/11 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks. Not because it was asleep at the switch or ignorant of the dangers that Al Qaeda posed, but because the agencies ..... 
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The Good Lie

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

There’s no getting around it: although the recession is technically over in America (although some European countries are sliding back in), things are still not going well for a lot of Americans. Add to our troubles at home the current hot stories ..... 
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DNR was right to stop illegal silica sand mining in Houston County

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Marilyn Frauenkron Bayer, Houston County, MN The DNR is to be commended for their decisive action to ensure important new laws to protect trout streams from silica sand mining are not ignored. The law is straightforward and requires silica sand ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Cousins

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

A few weeks ago, I had a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with my cousin from California. His wife is from Wisconsin, so they came back to visit her family, and coordinated their schedule to meet up with us in Minnesota. We found a meeting point ..... 
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Reclaiming America

By Jeff Erding

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

While considering a topic for this month’s submission, I made the wise decision to consult my “better half”. Cindy always has a knack for bringing me back to reality. You are too much of a “Debbie Downer” she said. “ It’s not like ..... 
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Guest Commentary: The continuing success of the ACA

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

By Herb Panko, Chatfield, MN I find it amazing that so many of the Obamacare detractors keep acting like spoiled children who didn’t get their way. They continue living in a magical world, thinking that the ACA will just disappear. (Read Davids ..... 
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