Stalin, Hitler, Mao, McCarthy — these are people who have been vilified pretty thoroughly by history.

Stalin has a complete other story. Not to paint him as a hero, but to tell a more factual representation. He fought the German war machine more than any single person. We can’t judge people as only “bad” or “good.” Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and its been used cheaply. He’s the product of a series of actions. It’s cause and effect….People in America don’t know the connection between WWI and WWII….I’ve been able to walk in Stalin’s shoes and Hitler’s shoes to understand their point of view. We’re going to educate our minds and liberalize them and broaden them. We want to move beyond opinions….Go into the funding of the Nazi party. How many American corporations were involved, from GM through IBM. Hitler is just a man who could have easily been assassinated.

–Movie director Oliver Stone, talking about his upcoming Showtime documentary miniseries “Secret History of America,” which he promises will put mass murderers such as Stalin and Hitler “in context” (just like JFK’s assassination, no doubt)

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