The phrase 'useful idiots', supposedly Lenin’s, refers to Westerners duped into saying good things about bad regimes.
12-Aug-2010 (3 comments)

In political jargon it was used to describe Soviet sympathisers in Western countries and the attitude of the Soviet government towards them.

Useful idiots, in a broader sense, refers to Western journalists, travellers and intellectuals who gave their blessing – often with evangelistic fervour – to tyrannies and tyrants, thereby convincing politicians and public that utopias rather than Belsens thrived.

In part one John Sweeney looks at Stalin's Western apologists.

In part two he explores how present day stories of human rights abuses across the world are still rewritten.

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Moosir jan, you ask about the other extreme?

by MeyBokhor_Manbarbesuzan on

Well, I would call them harmfull idiots. When they are willing to kill the patient to get rid of his illness. Hi there Fred...


What about the other side?


Equating bad regimes with the next coming of hitler in order to justify all kinds of things (wars included).

Both extremes are bad.

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by Darius Kadivar on

Would perfectly apply to the Leveretts and Galloway ( the latter is mentioned in the Report)