By Andrew Bolt ~
The media and the educators have done their worst: now a quarter of young Americans think George W Bush killed more people than Stalin.
The tyrant-topper and not the tyrant is the bad guy.
The survey focused largely [on] millennials and found that they are severely lacking in knowledge when it comes to communism and its bloody history. The poll shows 25 percent of millennials have a favorable view of Vladimir Lenin and 42 percent were unfamiliar with Mao Zedong, the communist leader of China, from 1945 to 1976. Zedong is also believed to be responsible for the deaths of millions of Chinese citizens.
Judging from the Soviet records we now have, the number of people who died in the Gulag between 1933 and 1945, while both Stalin and Hitler were in power, was on the order of a million, perhaps a bit more. The total figure for the entire Stalinist period is likely between two million and three million. The Great Terror and other shooting actions killed no more than a million people, probably a bit fewer. The largest human catastrophe of Stalinism was the famine of 1930–1933, in which more than five million people died.
Of those who starved, the 3.3 million or so inhabitants of Soviet Ukraine who died in 1932 and 1933 were victims of a deliberate killing policy related to nationality.
The vast majority of those who have died in Iraq after the invasion by Bush were killed by Sunni extremists. Even then, the death toll is lower than that under Saddam Hussein himself, whose reign of terror was ended.
Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.