“The difficulty in understanding the Russian is that we do not take cognizance of the fact that he is not a European, but an Asiatic, and therefore thinks deviously. We can no more understand a Russian than a Chinaman or a Japanese, and from what I have seen of them, I have no particular desire to understand them, except to ascertain how much lead or iron it takes to kill them. In addition to his other Asiatic characteristics, the Russian have no regard for human life and is an all out son of bitch, barbarian, and chronic drunk.”
George S. Patton, 1885-1945, U.S. Army General, Diary, August 8, 1945
Eigen’s Political and Historical Quotations
George S. Patton, as quoted in General Patton: A Soldier’s Life (2002) by Stanley P. Hirshson, p. 650, 8 August 1945.