Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The Baltic Victims of Communism

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Socialists have followed in that grand tradition of Lenin, Stalin and Kruschev in rewriting history-or at least attempting to. The Baltic states know this all too well and have decided that the time is right to shine a light on the scourge that was communism:

On 14 June 1941 more than 30,000 were deported from the Baltic countries to prison camps in Siberia.

At a ceremony in Tallinn, the Estonian President, Arnold Ruutel, said the victims of the Stalinist deportations would be remembered forever.

But controversy surrounds a plan to put up a plaque at the European Parliament.

Some Socialists in the European parliament are blocking the plan, saying that it would lead to a plethora of memorials.

"A plethora of memorials" says more about the horrors of communism than anything I've read lately. Read that last sentence above again. They are blocking a plan for a memorial because it would further expose the truth behind a wretched regime and ideology.


In all three countries the mass deportations carried out during Joseph Stalin's rule are commemorated as an act of genocide and a crime against humanity.

President Valdas Adamkus of Lithuania said it was still impossible to recall the events without pain.

Soviet troops herded Baltic civilians onto cattle trucks heading for Siberia.

Men were separated from their families and sent to prison camps, where most were shot. Women and children travelled for weeks to remote parts of Russia, where they were left to fend for themselves. Many died from disease and starvation.

It seems to me a "plethora" of memorials is definitely in order.

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