This fellow, in fact, had some things in common with Jim Jones. Both, very dynamic leaders. And true believers in social change. Dedicated as hell and more than willing to, as the saying goes, "crack a few eggs to make that [socialist] omelette."
And both of 'em took radical steps to gettin' things done their way.
This one, of course, was the original Stalinist. But James Warren Jones loved his style and really dug Uncle Joe's politics. So much so that, besides injecting totalitarianism into the People's Temple cult, "Dad" Jim held regular Russian language lessons at Jonestown.
Like Jones, Stalin had a bloodthirsty side, on the kind of scale one would expect from the murderous dictator of an imprisoned nation. The early '30's Ukranian Famine, known as the "Holodymor," was one of his big successes. Killing by withholding food is a convenient form of slaughter although much less prompt than the "revolutionary suicide" of cyanide.
Anyone that knows Stalin's story should really appreciate what an abused child he was and the terrible conditions that he grew up under. He basically went more insane as time progressed. Like his protégé, Rev. Jones, the Man of Steel would surely qualify for "victimhood" too, alongside his victims. And why not?
Which is precisely why this Kiev memorial to the Ukranian Massacre should have some added inscription that also honors the long-suffering Stalin. Right? Yeah, there might be a few Ukranians that would object. But they'll just have to understand that the only way to really heal is to include all the victims in such tragedies, in what ever form they might take.
Which reminds me of a recent question by reader Stephanie Clare who demanded this secret donor come clean, especially in light of the searing controversy of memorializing a psychotic that orchestrated mass murder.
|Fielding "Mac" McGehee?|
|Rebecca "Becky" Moore?|
Selective memory and revisionism is a neat trick, albeit sometimes with some very dirty consequences. "Not thinking" about the cause behind the effect that resulted in a mass homocide is the kind of risky business that drives the wheels of history repeating itself, over and over again.
|Rev. Jynona Norwood and son Ed|
at the original memorial stone
Or, of course, Stalin's name on a memorial for the Ukranians.
Let this perversity come to an end. Remove that mass murderer's name.