Was it a mistake not to have launched a war of intervention in Russia in 1918?

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There was a body of influence in the British Parliament in 1918 to launch a war of intervention against the Bolsheviks and it was resisted. If the Bolshevik revolution had been reversed at least the mass murder instituted by Stalin until his death would not have taken place.
 
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There was. My step-great grandfather was there. 6,000 US troops drafted out of Michigan and Minnesota were sent to England, put under British command and sent into Russia to stop the Bolsheviks.
 
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There was a body of influence in the British Parliament in 1918 to launch a war of intervention against the Bolsheviks and it was resisted. If the Bolshevik revolution had been reversed at least the mass murder instituted by Stalin until his death would not have taken place.
Bullshit! As I try to tell clueless interventionist Americans today, you can thank the intervention getting Yeltsin installed as Russian president and sending money and a team of US campaign advisers to Russia to get Yeltsin re-elected in 96(no doubt combined with vote-rigging) for the rise of Yeltsin's righthand man, and new American boogeyman- Vladimir Putin!


Same goes for 1918! The Bolshevik Revolution was a true grassroots people's revolt that united factory workers, peasant farmers and even the vast majority of returning, angry, disgruntled soldiers from the Eastern Front to try something radically new that had never been done before!

And the idea of having a revolution that could not be controlled and managed by the bourgeoisie was enough to unite ALL of the former combatants of the first world war(including defeated Germany) together in a common effort to destroy the Revolution and replace it with either the restored Romanov monarchy (this is why the revolutionary government decided they had to kill Czar Nicholas and all his heirs to the throne) or a sham democratic republican government similar to western standards. They didn't really care which, as long as communism was destroyed!

And just like Yeltsin to Putin in the 90's, the Communist Party would have remained a grassroots organization with large membership and not turned into a structured, autocratic political organization it turned into under Stalin. Stalin's supporters decided their continual seige meant turning to him and getting rid of the internationalist dreamers of global revolution like Leon Trotsky!

Stalin made deals over the next 25 years or so to limit the Soviet Union's support for communist revolutionary movements around the world in return for the US and England respecting Soviet boundaries and interests. This secret, undeclared cold peace remained in effect all through the Cold War era, where even the loudest and most bombastic anticommunist US presidents would not push beyond the boundaries of proxy wars with the Soviets, and the Soviets and Americans refrained from directly attacking each other's troops engaged in those proxy wars! Something that is at risk in Syria and the other new proxy wars of our time!
 
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My great grandfathers experience with the “Polar Bears” as they came to be known taught him to hate British , love Russian people and Canadians.
 
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There was a body of influence in the British Parliament in 1918 to launch a war of intervention against the Bolsheviks and it was resisted. If the Bolshevik revolution had been reversed at least the mass murder instituted by Stalin until his death would not have taken place.
That is not true. The Western Allies sent a multi-national expedition to Russia and did not withdraw until 1920. The Japanese, also an ally during the war against the Central Powers did not withdraw from Siberia until 1922 and the northern half of Sakhalin until 1925.
 
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