90 Miles From Tyranny : As Communism Turns 100, a Brief Look at the Death and Destruction It Has Wrought

Thursday, November 9, 2017

As Communism Turns 100, a Brief Look at the Death and Destruction It Has Wrought

President Franklin D. Roosevelt called Dec. 7, 1941, “a day that will live in infamy,” and with good reason.

The date that Tojo’s Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor heralded America’s entrance into the bloody fighting of World War II.

But there are other dates that live in infamy, and many of them aren’t nearly as well known. But they deserve to be. Take Nov. 7, 1917.

Anything come to mind? One hundred years ago this month, Bolsheviks under the leadership of Vladimir Lenin overthrew the Russian government and established a communist dictatorship. “The world has never been the same since,” writes foreign policy expert Kim Holmes in a recent article for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

How many perished in the wake of this “revolution”? It depends on which historian you ask. According to Richard Pipes, it was 9 million. Robert Conquest says at least 20 million, and likely as many as 30 million, died in the “Great Terror.”

If you include “unnatural deaths,” the number who died could be as high as 50 million. For perspective, consider that more than 60 million died in World War II—roughly 3 percent of the world’s population at the time.

In short, when looked at in terms of human carnage—of lives lost—the Russian Revolution was essentially another world war. So why isn’t Nov. 7, 1917, as notorious as Dec. 7, 1941?

This discrepancy becomes even more blatant when one considers the wider cost of communism. The Russian experience, after all, inspired other “revolutions,” and its record of mass genocide “is exceeded only by another communist dictatorship, Maoist China, which destroyed between 44.5 to 72 million lives (according to Stephane Courtois). And let’s not forget the ‘killing fields’ of Cambodia in the 1970s.”

Why isn’t this history better known?

“[Soviet leader Josef] Stalin kept most media out, so few Americans knew that millions were starving,” writes John Stossel in a recent column. And he had help. “Even as the Russian regime killed millions, some journalists and intellectuals covered up the crimes.”

But it isn’t just the loss of life that stains the history of communism. Its legacy is also one of grinding poverty.

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2 comments:

  1. If you want numbers:

    Stalin - ~8 mil in Collectivization, 30 mil in various purges, deportations, famines, etc. (this is all pre-Barbarossa), about 5 mil during WWII (political prisoners, deaths in Siberia), about 10 mil after WWII (Doctors' Plot, enforced migrations) = 53 mil

    Mao - Cultural Revolution - 66 mil

    Ho, Pol, and the rest of the Lefty heroes - Killing Fields 3 mil, extermination of Yards 1 mil, re-education camps - 1 mil, assassinations during the war .5 mil, Boat People .5 mil.

    125 mil at least. But Communism has great intentions, so the "intellectuals" give it a pass.

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  2. Communism is the gift that keeps on killing despite the good intention of those who insist we must go down that road...again.

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