Blum’s book Killing Hope is useful but this article is a bit weak. The wall was put up for various reasons including keeping people escaping a system they didn’t like – quite a few were shot dead for trying it should not be forgotten.
But the (second) last paragraph is especially misleading –
“Letâ€™s also not forget that Eastern Europe became communist because Hitler, with the approval of the West, used it as a highway to reach the Soviet Union to wipe out Bolshevism forever, and that the Russians in World War I and II, lost about 40 million people because the West had used this highway to invade Russia.”
Hitler did NOT have the approval of the West to wipe out Bolshevism via an Eastern European highway, if he did there would have been no declaration of war on Germany by Britain and France for invading Poland, and subsequent support for and alliance with the Soviet Union leading to the Allied destruction of Germany – instead it would have been the USSR that was destroyed with Western support. Nor did “the West” attempt to invade Russia in WW1, the war broke out in the Balkans and (again) Britain and France were allied WITH Russia not against it, this time from the start. What is more there was no attempt even by the Central Powers to invade “Russia” until Russia had invaded them first, and even then it was a matter of a series of counteroffensives over several years occupying (and to some degree liberating) parts of “Russia” that were actually mostly Poland the Baltic states etc, which did not want to be under the Russian yoke anyway, in the face of continued Russian (and Allied) refusal to make peace which was repeatedly offered (and eventually accepted – by the Bolsheviks). Russia/the USSR is not the only villain but neither is it innocent of imperialism historically, and Blum should know better than to write such nonsense as this.