Better than a crime?

“Worse than a crime: a blunder.” Some ascribe it to Talleyrand, others to Joseph Fouché, the infamous, immoral post-Revolution police minister.

Stalin’s and Beria’s deporting the Chechens to Kazakhstan in 1944 was a crime.

Khruschev’s reversal in 1956, which allowed the exiles to return, was a mistake. An ethically required, and morally commendable act but still a mistake. One of enormous proportions.

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