"Never forget!" says The Victims of Communist Memorial Fund. Please read the following message and then at the end of it sign the citizens petition to remove the bust of Stalin that now sits in a place of honor in Bedford, Va. Stalin was a murderous psychopath who among other evils, ordered the starvation deaths of millions of Ukranians. For him to be honored is an abomination---the work of moral imbeciles. Communism's Crimes Against Humanity In October 1917, the Bolshevik Revolution gave birth to the deadliest ideology in human history - Communism. In less than 100 years, Communism has claimed more than 100 million lives. Today, it continues to enslave one-fifth of the world's people.
Thanks to the efforts of The Victims of Communist Memorial Foundation and its supporters the United States, Communism's greatest challenger and a symbol of freedom to the world, now has a memorial to commemorate these victims. Dedicated on June 12, 2007 by President George W. Bush, The Victims of Communism Memorial stands two blocks from the U.S. Capitol building. It stands as an enduring reminder of the murderous legacy of totalitarianism.
Never Forget A free people cannot afford to forget the evils of Communism. We cannot allow the atrocities of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Minh, and Castro to fade into the background of history. We must not forget the trail of blood and tears this utopian deception has left behind:
When the Bolsheviks murdered their way into power... When Lenin destroyed hundreds of thousands of Cossacks... When the Kremlin starved more than six million in Ukraine... When Mao murdered tens of millions of Chinese peasants during his "Great Leap Forward"... When Ho Chi Minh sent 850,000 Vietnamese to their graves in "education camps"... When Castro buried dissenters in the infamous Isle of Pines... When the student voices of freedom were silenced at Tiananmen Square...
A Moral Blind Spot It is a great moral failing that so many do not know the extent of Communism's atrocities. While the horrors of Nazism are well known, who knows that the Soviet Union murdered 20 million people? Who knows that China's dictators have slaughtered as many as 60 million? Who knows that the Communist holocaust has exacted a death toll surpassing that of all of the wars of the 20th century combined?
Just as we must grasp Communism's brutality, we must understand the true cause of the fall of the Soviet Union. The West's triumph over the "evil empire" was no accident of history. It was the result of a calculated strategy by a grand alliance of political, military, religious, business and labor leaders. These leaders deserve credit for the victory over Communism many thought impossible.
The Battle Continues The specter of Communism still haunts the world. In Russia, one-third of the people believe that Stalin "did more good than bad for the country". In China, thousands of dissidents are imprisoned in the slave labor camps known as the laogai. In North Korea, masses starve as the leadership builds nuclear weapons. In Cuba, dissidents are routinely imprisoned for peacefully petitioning for democratic reform.
Communism remains today, as it has since its bloody beginning in 1917, the road to serfdom.
All Americans can now join the effort to remove this bust by signing this online petition.
CITIZEN'S PETITION TO REMOVE STALIN June 17, 2010
Lee Edwards, Ph.D.
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation released an electronic petition, available online at www.StalinStatue.com, calling on the officers and board of directors of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation to remove the Stalin bust from the grounds of the Memorial.
The petition also calls upon U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to affirm that the acceptance of the D-Day Memorial as a national park is contingent on the removal of the Stalin statue.
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation will record the names of all signatories to this petition and will direct them to the board of directors of the memorial.
This petition follows a statement by Lee Edwards, Ph.D., chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, calling for the removal of the bust of Joseph Stalin erected by the D-Day Memorial Foundation. "Statues of Stalin have been torn down all over Europe," said Edwards, "Even in the Soviet Union. The Stalin bust in Bedford, Virginia should be removed immediately."
All Americans can now join the effort to remove this bust by signing this online petition. Click here to sign: http://www.victimsofcommunism.org/media/article.php?article=5926