May Day Reminder: Communism’s Crimes Against Humanity

The following is from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation:

Dec. 2, 2011 - The President of Hungary, Pal Schmitt, visits the Victims of Communism Memorial with Hungarian Consuls General and Honorary Consuls

History of Communism

Communism’s Crimes Against Humanity

In October 1917, the Bolshevik Revolution gave birth to the deadliest ideology in human history – Communism. In less than 100 years, Communism has claimed more than 100 million lives. Today, it continues to enslave one-fifth of the world’s people.

Thanks to the efforts of The Victims of Communist Memorial Foundation and its supporters the United States, Communism’s greatest challenger and a symbol of freedom to the world, now has a memorial to commemorate these victims. Dedicated on June 12, 2007 by President George W. Bush, The Victims of Communism Memorial stands two blocks from the U.S. Capitol building. It stands as an enduring reminder of the murderous legacy of totalitarianism.

Never Forget

A free people cannot afford to forget the evils of Communism. We cannot allow the atrocities of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Minh, and Castro to fade into the background of history. We must not forget the trail of blood and tears this utopian deception has left behind:

  • When the Bolsheviks murdered their way into power…
  • When Lenin destroyed hundreds of thousands of Cossacks…
  • When the Kremlin starved more than six million in Ukraine…
  • When Mao murdered tens of millions of Chinese peasants during his “Great Leap Forward”…
  • When Ho Chi Minh sent 850,000 Vietnamese to their graves in “education camps”…
  • When Castro buried dissenters in the infamous Isle of Pines…
  • When the student voices of freedom were silenced at Tiananmen Square…

A Moral Blind Spot

It is a great moral failing that so many do not know the extent of Communism’s atrocities. While the horrors of Nazism are well known, who knows that the Soviet Union murdered 20 million people? Who knows that China’s dictators have slaughtered as many as 60 million? Who knows that the Communist holocaust has exacted a death toll surpassing that of all of the wars of the 20th century combined?

Just as we must grasp Communism’s brutality, we must understand the true cause of the fall of the Soviet Union. The West’s triumph over the “evil empire” was no accident of history. It was the result of a calculated strategy by a grand alliance of political, military, religious, business and labor leaders. These leaders deserve credit for the victory over Communism many thought impossible.

The Battle Continues

The specter of Communism still haunts the world. In Russia, one-third of the people believe that Stalin “did more good than bad for the country”. In China, thousands of dissidents are imprisoned in the slave labor camps known as the laogai. In North Korea, masses starve as the leadership builds nuclear weapons. In Cuba, dissidents are routinely imprisoned for peacefully petitioning for democratic reform.

Communism remains today, as it has since its bloody beginning in 1917, the road to serfdom.

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