The Corner


The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., plans to install a bust of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, according to this report. Sounds like a really bad idea. Okay, so the Soviets were a part of the Allied coalition during the Second World War. But I don’t recall Cossacks storming the beaches at Normandy — and this is a D-Day memorial we’re talking about. We shouldn’t go out of our way to commemorate one of history’s most murderous enemies of freedom.

UPDATE: E-mail:

you left out the best part of the D Day story with Stalin.

“the national parks service responded positively when we informed them of Stalin bust”

Of course they did!

Keep up the good work.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.