COMMUNISM: A CENTURY OF DEVASTATION

Washington Times on November 6, 2017 published an article by former president of the Heritage Foundation, Washington D.C. on the bloody Russian coup d’etat that took place on November 7, 2017. Lenin’s promises were egalitarian but produced only death and starvation. Excerpts below:

…there are dates that live in infamy, [that deserve to be] known…Take Nov. 7, 1917.

…One hundred years ago this month, Bolsheviks under the leadership of Vladimir Lenin overthrew the Russian government and established a communist dictatorship.

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.

In short, when looked at in terms of human carnage — of lives lost — the Russian Revolution was essentially another world war.

The Russian experience 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 Joseph] 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.”

Most of the 88 countries that score “repressed” or “mostly unfree” on the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom are either communist, former communist, or some type of socialist economy. They are also the world’s poorest nations.

And that, even more than the appalling body count, is what ultimately doomed Soviet communism: the awful material conditions. Life expectancy of Russians in the 1980s was six years lower than in western Europe, according to economist Nicolas Eberstadt. Infant mortality was three times higher. Death rates were rising for every age group.

…when President Reagan stood at the Brandenburg Gate in 1987 and urged Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall,” he was giving voice to a frustration that had long been pent up inside the people who lived behind the Iron Curtain. The wall finally came down, undone in large measure by the manifold failures of communism itself.

Of course, Russians even today must deal with the continuing fallout of the 1917 revolution.

Comment: On the coup d’etat of 1917 followed a bloody civil war in Russia, which was won by the communists. Then followed a period until 1924 when Lenin attempted to foment revolution in all of Europe. It resulted in a Russian invasion in 1920 of Poland. The brave Poles at the battle of Warsaw stopped the invasion and the march of the red forces into the rest of Europe. The main target was Germany, which experienced a bloody civil war. German communists only managed to take power in Bavaria for a short time. Hungary had to go through a terrible communist revolt.

After 1924 the Soviet Union concentrated on fomenting global revolution starting with India and China in Asia. In 1947 the West used containment against the Soviet Union which resulted in drawing out the collapse of the Moscow tyranny until 1991. The suffering caused by Moscow in Europe between 1947 to 1991 can still be felt. The economy of East European countries are lagging far behind those of the West European countries in the European Union.

The terror revolution in France of 1789 inspired communist and nazi revolutions, that caused the Second World war between 1939 to 1945.

Only a few remaining communist tyrannies remain one hundred years after the 1917 coup d’etat like North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Belarus and Cuba. China, the largest communist dictatorship, has turned into an authoritarian market economy.

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