Sounds about right for an aggressive hard-charging General to me. Plus those kinds of comments are part of his public persona. (I don't mean public as in the general public. He might also need to influence peers, subordinates or superiors and he was a bit of an actor).While it was a part of him, to an extent, it was also theatre to an extent. As far as the idea that the world hadn't seen enough death I would refer you to some of the threads that deal with the actions of the Red Army after entering Germany and in the Eastern European states post war. Wouldn't you think that the Soviets had seen enough death and destruction that they would treat a defeated and subjugated people with compassion? Do you think that is what happened?