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.