The Forgotten Soviet Genocide
In a recent review essay in The Moscow Times, scholar Peter Rollberg reminds us of the largely forgotten genocide the Soviet government perpetrated against its own people. Rollberg simultaneously rails against Russians who today “are again making excuses for the crimes of communism” as well as reminding us that “turning a blind eye to the millions of victims of communism is among the Western left’s gravest original sins, and one it still has to acknowledge in full.”
[H]uman rights activist Sergei Kovalyov bemoans the fact that there was no Nuremberg trial for those guilty of gulag-related crimes. But that is precisely the point: The gulag had already killed tens of thousands of its own most ardent killers. Again and again, yesterday’s judges were declared today’s criminals, so that Soviet society never had to own up to its millions of state-backed murders.
Check out the whole piece; it’s well worth reading and serves as an important reflection in the wake of President Bush’s inaugural speech.