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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 26, 2009/ 8 Mar-Cheshvan 5770

Communism: Nazism With Better PR

By Arnold Ahlert




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Many aspects of historical perspective are puzzling. But nothing comes close to the one perspective I find the puzzling: if you ask a hundred Americans to name the evilest person they can think of, ninety-nine of them would say Adolf Hitler. Why is this puzzling? Among the 20th century's worst mass murderers, Hitler comes in third — by a mile.


By most historical estimates, Hitler murdered six million Jews and an additional five million others, bringing his total to eleven million. That makes him the "bronze medalist" of 20th century mass murderers. The silver medal belongs to Russia's own Josef Stalin whose total is conventionally put at twenty million killed, although some historians contend it may be twice that number. Either way, "Papa Joe" make Hitler look like an amateur by comparison.


However, both these miserable excuses for human beings are no match for our gold medalist in the category: Mao Zedung. Chairman Mao's total comes in somewhere between forty and seventy-seven million killed. The large range between the two numbers is due to an ongoing historical argument whether the mass starvation of millions in China's great famine (1958-1961) was intentional or not. Based on the latest theories, historians are leaning towards the higher number.


So why is Hitler, as opposed to Mao or Stalin, the embodiment of evil in most peoples' minds? There are far too many reasons to explore in the space of a column. But one of the most salient ones is telling: to this day, the American left has never completely rejected its belief in philosophy of communism. In fact, the collectivist, "it takes a village to raise a child" mentality is very much alive and well within the halls of government and academia.


Much like one of America's most useful idiots, former NY Times reporter Walter Duranty, who won a Pulitzer Prize for ignoring the Ukrainian famine of 1932 which killed ten million Russians, many of modern-day America's "neo-bolsheviks" heartily embrace Duranty's idea that you "can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs."


Fortunately, "purging" people is still a tough sell in America. Unfortunately, purging capitalism is not. Thus, "breaking a few eggs" — banks, car companies, insurance companies, private health care providers, small businesses and the dollar itself — is the "natural order of things" as we move down the road towards re-making an America the left sees as fundamentally broken.


I suspect it is far too late for most Americans to re-order their historical priorities and give "credit" where credit is due to monsters like Stalin and Mao. It seems that only conservatives were taken aback by White House Communication Director Anita Dunn's professed admiration for Mao Zedung. Had she said she admired Adolf Hitler it may have been another story. But it shouldn't be. Nor should the left's casual dismissal or disdain for those who point out that Anita Dunn worldview is embraced by a number of other government officials who inhabit the Obama administration.


Communism is nothing more than Nazism with better PR. Its track record of atrocities dwarf those of Hitler, and its core philosophy is every bit as repugnant, if not more so.


That anyone in America would even attempt to put "lipstick on this pig" is an unmitigated disgrace. That they can do it with such relative ease — under the banner of "social justice," no less — is truly frightening.

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Previously:


10/21/09:
Just Asking
10/16/09: Cost Projections vs. Actual Costs, or Hope and Change vs. Reality
10/14/09: News you can use …
10/07/09: Incremental Insidiousness
10/05/09: MIA: Common Sense and Common Decency
09/30/09: Iran: Bad Options and Unpreparedness
09/21/09: Crying Racism: the Last Refuge of Scoundrels
09/11/09: 9/11 Cannot Be Sanitized
09/08/09: ‘Truthers’ and Consequences
09/01/09: A ‘Paper Trail’ Challenge for the Mainstream Media
08/31/09: Drowning in Amorality
08/26/09: The Republican Recovery Program

© 2009, Arnold Ahlert

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