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Oliver Stone's ‘Secret History’ on Hitler and Stalin

By James Hirsen
January 13, 2010

Oliver Stone is making a new documentary series that he claims will place Hitler and Stalin “in context.”

Stone apparently has difficulty recognizing when authentic evil manifests itself.

The director's project, “The Secret History of America,” a 10-part documentary series for Showtime, has a trailer with Stone saying that “you cannot approach history unless you have empathy for the person you may hate.”

In a press conference at the Television Critics Association in California, Stone explained that “we can't judge people as only ‘bad’ or ‘good.’”

“Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it’s been used cheaply. He’s the product of a series of actions. It’s cause and effect,” Stone said.

Stopping short of breaking out into a rendition of “Springtime for Hitler,” Stone went on to announce his softer side of Stalin plans.

“Stalin has a complete other story,” Stone said. “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.”

How did the director gain his sunny understanding of the two vile dictators?

“I've been able to walk in Stalin's shoes and Hitler's shoes to understand their point of view,” he explained.

Walk in their shoes? I think he meant to say goose step.

Stone also told the gathering that Barack Obama is trapped by the “system.”

“You can understand why Obama is following in Bush's footsteps in Afghanistan,” he said. “Obama is very much trapped, we believe, in that system. And so that's what we're going to try and show you — the way it works.”

The director evidently wants to have “Secret History” used by schools so that our young people will be able to think the wobbly way he does. And he doesn’t expect conservatives to be pleased with his approach.

“Obviously, Rush Limbaugh is not going to like this history and, as usual, we're going to get those kind of ignorant attacks,” he said.

Which begs the question: Who’s the real ignoramus?

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