Ed Driscoll

RECONSTRUCTION

In a distant nation, only until recently led by a totalitarian madman who may or may not have had weapons of mass destruction, bent on killing millions of his own people as well as his enemies, savaged by war against a relentless coalition of Allies, reconstruction and efforts to bring a democracy seem grim.

In other words, George Orwell looks at Germany in 1945, as World War II was ending.

UPDATE: See also these magazine articles from the same period.