"Democracy is the worst form of government — with the exception of all the rest."
hurchill's famous response to "a militant leftist... who was ticking off all the sins and failures of capitalist democracy," is even more true today. A memorial to communists' victims, just north of the Capitol, will be dedicated Tuesday to help reinforce that fact:
- A dedication ceremony is planned Tuesday at 10 a.m. with Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, giving the keynote speech. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., also will speak, and President Bush has been invited to give remarks.
An estimated 100 million people have died as a result of totalitarian atrocities and policies by communist regimes, according to "The Black Book of Communism," the work of six leftist French intellectuals published in 1999 by Harvard University Press....
[Scholar Lee] Edwards noted "the Soviets and the Chinese and the Cambodians thought that they could create a new man, and they set about it in the most ruthless way, and anybody that got in their way, they destroyed. The got caught up in this Utopian nightmare and cut down anybody who got in their way."
He pointed to Mao's "Great Leap Forward," in which the Chinese communist leader tried to collectivize agriculture in the vast Asian nation. The forced program killed 5 million in the first year, said Edwards, 10 million in the second and 20 million in the third while Mao insisted the plan must "keep ahead."
"We can certainly conclude that there is this maniacal impulse which leads them to do maniacal things like the purges, like the famines, like the mock trials," Edwards said "... I really think it goes back to this Utopian notion that makes them think they can remake people, which of course I think is rather insane."
Edwards emphasized tyranny must be resisted.
"You cannot just accept it. You cannot just think it is not going to challenge me," he said. "You must stand up to tyranny with purpose and with conviction and with dispatch."
Purpose, conviction, dispatch. The last things on earth liberals would ever wish anyone to exhibit.
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