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I.F. Stone and many other leftists have found the Nazi-Soviet pact to be unpardonable, but it seems to me that it can be justified.

The USSR had urged the West to join in a united front against Nazism and fascism since 1935. Only after the West had ignored the conquest of Ethiopia, and abetted the overthrow of Republican Spain; after Stalin offered military help to Czechoslovakia; after Chamberlain and Daladier went to Munich; after it became clear that the Western establishment didn’t have a problem with the Nazis' racial theories, and hoped that Hitler would effect regime change in the USSR; only then did the soviets finally arrange a separate peace.