You know what, canadian..., please, remove from my mouth what had not been there. Where have I written that Stalin was a great commander? Find it for me, pleese. I was talking about Stalin - politician. I think Machiavelli would have been proud of his faithful disciple. Sure, whatever you do to be !00% sure you don´t have a little stauffenberg somewhere around, is going to cost many non-stauffenbergs. Very many. But Stalin didn´t care. He was an incredibly gifted bandit who made it as a politician. What do you expect? Clausewitz? (another Slavic name). Besides, Stalin didn´t care about the Russians all the more because he was Georgian and also antisemit and there were quite a bunch of Jews in the old bolshewik guard.