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Saturday, August 30, 2003

Monument to Murder

"One death is a tragedy, but a million deaths are a statistic"
Joseph Stalin.

Radley Balko at writes:

When you leave Washington, D.C.’s Holocaust Museum, you leave sick, heartbroken and burdened with the atrocities of Nazism. It’s time we had a building that evoked similar feelings from communism...

Adolf Hitler has become the embodiment of human evil, yet he wasn’t the biggest killer of the last century. He didn’t even come in second. He was third, behind two communists, Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-Tung.

According to the historian R.J. Rummel, Hitler’s Nazis killed about 21 million people between 1933 and 1945... Stalin killed twice that many, and Mao killed just under 38 million. When you add in the murders attributable to Lenin, Pol Pot, Tito and the remaining communist dictators of Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America, communism claimed more than 100 million lives. These estimates vary, but it’s generally accepted now among historians that communism took far more lives than Nazism...

Right now, North Korea’s communist regime is imposing a famine on its own people, with resulting deaths estimated in the millions. Communist regimes continue to hold captive the people of China, Laos, Vietnam and Cuba. Human rights abuses abound in all five countries.

Yet communism is rarely regarded with the same enmity we hold for Nazism. In fact, communism today is downright trendy.

Most of us are justifiably revolted at the sight of a teenage kid wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a swastika. But glimpse the same kid in a shirt featuring a sickle and hammer, or a portrait of Che Guevara, and many of us will find him quaint, perhaps idealistic -- at the very worst, naïve and misguided. In New York City, you can get tipsy at the KGB Bar, a chic spot featuring Soviet-era symbolism and paraphernalia. Imagine what might become of the entrepreneur who tried to open a nightspot themed with Nazi regalia.

It’s become fashionable of late for celebrities to make high-profile pilgrimages to Cuba, to be wined and dined by Fidel Castro. In the time it takes to extol the virtues of universal health care and education, you can bet at least a dozen Cubans have risked their lives to get out. Iconic director Stephen Spielberg was the latest to make the trip. You’d think the man who so eloquently documented the brutality of totalitarianism in "Schindler’s List" would know better than to cozy up to tyrants...

In other words, we’re willing to cut communism slack because we’ve been led to believe that the philosophy was driven by such noble goals as equality and egalitarianism. That’s not the truth, of course. As Caplan documents on his site, from Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin onward, communism has always been driven by power. Slave labor and the “liquidation” of dissidents were always part of the plan.

This is why a museum dedicated to preserving communism’s brutal legacy is necessary. The philosophy’s history isn’t the result of good intentions gone wrong; it’s a perverse theory of rights that’s abhorrent and immoral on its face. The former implies that if done right, communism might work someday. The latter correctly concludes that it ought not ever be tried again.

Tertius has been one who has been trying to get this message across to those Western fellow travellers and useful idiots of Communism who still can be found in Hollywood, the media and in academia. So if it is repeated here, so be it.

History repeats itself...
Has to, no one listens

9:39:00 pm