Why was Stalin a great ruler?

Submitted by Dogod on Mon, 02/14/2022 - 13:05
Stalin and slavic swastika

Stalin is one of the most controversial figures in history. Some revere him and consider him a great ruler who was building communism and fighting against world capital. Others hate him as a horrible tyrant who killed millions of people.
While I don't identify with any of these groups of people, I believe that the first group is closer to the truth. The only thing that is wrong is the reasons why Stalin was great. I don't share communist views, as do most people reading this, but I still think he was great. How is that possible? Very simply. My position is purely patriotic. I don't care how much Stalin contributed to building an idealistic society invented by one german man, what matters to me is what he did for my country.
Stalin's achievements can be listed endlessly: thanks to him, the USSR recovered from  the terrible crisis caused by World War I and the subsequent Civil War. Stalin was able to turn the ruined agrarian country into a superpower, which was able to defeat Nazi Germany, which had previously seized all of Europe. Stalin made Russia second in the economy and first in geopolitical influence, Russia has never been as great as under Stalin  (and subsequent Khrushchev and Brezhnev) in its entire 1000-year history.
This, of course, raises the question of repressions. "But after all, so many people were killed... Does the goal justify the means?" In my opinion, yes. No country in the world has ever become great without sacrifice. Perhaps someone here will give the example of the United States, which indeed in 200 years was able to become an even more developed superpower without so many casualties. While this is true, I still think it is silly to compare these 2 countries, because the conditions were completely different. The US was a closed country and never fought a war on its territory after the Civil War. Russia, on the other hand, as well as other European countries, are next to each other on the mainland, which makes them constantly at war. Also, the U.S. has had a gradual 200 year development, as noted above, while the USSR had only 20 years to become the same superpower. From this we can conclude that the governments of both countries acted under very different conditions, from which their comparison is incorrect.
To summarize: Stalin, like Alexander the Great or Napoleon, managed to create a huge superpower, with which at that time could be compared only one state. No matter how you look at it, any patriot will take this positively and will throw what we call in Russia a "Stalinist sieg heil".