Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: War, huh, what is it good for?
One must consider the facts behind the numbers. Many of the victims of Stalin and Mao were not directly executed, but instead died as a result of some policy that caused starvation or death from exposure or disease - especially in China where Mao's Great Leap Forward, in which Mao declared that birds were all bad because they ate seeds, resulting in millions of birds being killed by obediant farmers, resulting in the starvation of millions because birds eat bugs too. Mao is the all-time champ because he caused more needless death by inherently stupid decisions like that than anyone in history. Stalin was much more determinate in his policies - he was probably well aware that his policies, like making all the Tartars set off on foot en mass from sunny Southern Russia to their new home in Siberia, would result in mass death among populations that had aroused his paranoid anger. But both he and Hitler are in a special class - the enormous amount of death they were responsible for were the results of direct mass executions. Hitler, however, was the only one that created a dedicated industrial system for mass murder. Stalin's victims usually died incidently to their incarceration or exile, and those that were executed usually had some kind of kangaroo trial of some sort.
The US is lucky they cleaned up their act in the 20th Century. If the same list was made for the 19th Century, we would be at the top of the list, for the genocide of 25 million Indians by the same tactics used by Hitler and Stalin. Instead of Stalin, Mao and Hitler, you would see names like Ulysses Grant, Sherman, Andrew Jackson and Rutherford Hayes.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address