ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Joseph Stalin became General Secretary of the Communist Party on April 3, 1922. It brings to mind a limerick by the great historian Robert Conquest:
There was an old bastard named Lenin
Who did two or three million men in
That’s a lot to have done in
But where he did one in
That old bastard Stalin did ten in.
Conquest wasn’t always so lighthearted in discussing the scourge of communism. But now and then a guy has to “tell it true” in verse.