Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The killer they call Holodomor

Seventy-five years later, Ivan Brovko says the look in the little girl's eyes still comes to him in his dreams. And terrible dreams they are. He was a young teacher, Marika Khailo was a young student – and there is no gentle way to convey the fact that she died before his eyes in the front row of his classroom in the village of Rudka in southeastern Ukraine.

Marika died of hunger. She was among the millions of people who perished – estimates range from 4 to 10 million – in that infamous winter of 1932-33, when the man-made famine known as the Holodomor devastated Ukraine. (Toronto Star)

This is what I think of when I see those 'trendy' Che Guevara t-shirts and listen to apologies for Lenin or Castro who apologists try and distinguish from the atrocities of Stalin. It is pure naivete to make this claim and while they may not have had the bloody success of Stalin, this ignores the wholesale murder both Lenin and Castro and responsible for. No matter how "sexy" Che Guevara may be to some, or how they may admire his "idealism", he too was in the end nothing more than murderous thug. The ideology of Communism differs from Nazism but many of the results in achieving its goals are the same: a loss of freedom and large numbers of deaths. What happened in the Ukraine decades ago was inevitable when a failed ideology is vigorously pursued without any resort to morality or scruples. When the "great good" is put above basic human decency and one fails to treat their opponents with any dignity at all, it is not surprising in the least. This is a lesson that humanity seems to have to keep learning over and over as our history is littered with the graves of millions when we forget.

UPDATE: Remember Chairman Mao and his little Red Book? Well he was a sadistic bastard as well.

3 comments:

Dan Kauffman said...

and the New York Times used it's power and prestige to ruin the reputations and careers of any journalist trying to report the truth of the Holodomor Famine/Genocide while their star reporter Walter Duranty got a Pulitzer for his series of articles showing there was no famine

Asked later how he could live with his actions if not as human being then as a journalist Duranty is reported to have replied

The deaths of a few tens of millions of peasants are inconsequential when compared with the future victory of the Revolution

John said...

Indeed. The way the Left carried water for Stalin and the communists for decades during the Cold War is disgraceful.

Dan Kauffman said...

See any difference in their activities now?

Check out this website

The CounterRevolutionary

It has jpgs of NYT articles on the German Occupation after WW2 all you have to do is change Germany to Iraq and its the same slanted bull

America won the War but is losing the Peace, US prestige has never been lower in Europe.

Sound familiar?