Soviet WW2 casualties
I thank "tieman64 from United Kingdom" for a particularly perceptive and accurate review ("History repeats itself," 17 July 2008).
I would only point out that Soviet casualties in World War 2 were in the neighborhood of 26-27 million (26,000,000-27,000,000), not "billion" as stated - which would have exceeded the then population of the entire world by roughly an order of magnitude.
But it's quite true that Russia actually won the European war, Patton et al, and American mythology, notwithstanding. The great bulk of the Wehrmacht was posted to the Eastern Front, not in France. On the other hand, the U.S. did win the war in the Pacific, with or without the two atomic bombs - but with considerable assistance from other countries such as Australia that tends to go unacknowledged.