attacking the USSR, Hitler sought to realize his bloody racial
fantasies and aspirations of enforcing the German Reichís domination
over the entire world. By defeating Hitler, Stalin, on the other
hand, hoped to achieve world revolution that would transform the
world or its substantial part into the Kremlinís empire.
There is even a fully argued theory that Stalin intended to use
Hitler as an ďicebreakerĒ of the world Communist revolution.
According to this hypothesis, Hitler, by subjugating the nations of
Europe and destroying their military capabilities, was unwittingly
doing groundwork for the Soviet dictator. Stalin was biding his
time, waiting for Nazi Germany to overstretch itself in its global
conquests. As soon as the Nazis had exhausted themselves in battles
in Europe and elsewhere, the Red Army would be ready to launch a
preventive war against Germany. The liberation of German-occupied
countries by the Soviets would trigger Communist takeovers across
Europe. According to this theory, Stalinís plan was foiled only
because Hitler had surmised Stalinís intentions and preempted him by
launching his own attack.
There has yet been no conclusive evidence either to prove or refute
the theory about Stalinís plan of a preventive war against Hitler.
But even if there was no such plan, it is clear that Stalinís vision
of the worldís future was dictatorial and inhuman. Bolshevism and
Stalinism played a vital and positive historical role by routing
fascism in alliance with the Western democracies. In its turn,
fascism may have impeded the expansion of Communism into the global
arena and prevented world revolution. Communism outlived fascism,
but only by a few decades: by the late 1980s communism itself had