SEARCH BLOG: HOLOCAUST
Everyone, except some Turks, acknowledges the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and the Jewish Holocaust of World War II. But between those events came another mass killing that has been conveniently hidden or ignored for 8 decades: the Holodomor.
Stalin brought in the army to take all of the grain for shipment back to Russia or for export sale to raise money. Men, women, and children were sent off to Siberia to perish. Millions of others starved to death. Holodomor literally means "death from forced starvation."
Similar to the protestations of the Turks about the Armenian Genocide, Russians are quick to dismiss the Holodomor. Not that they deny the famine occurred. It's just that it was more widespread than Ukraine.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has rebuffed Ukraine’s efforts to have the famine of the 1930s recognised solely as a tragedy of the Ukrainian people. The body says the event was an international tragedy.
Moscow’s representative to PACE has reaffirmed Russia’s position that other nations were affected by the famine.
Holodomor, or the Great Famine, was one of the largest catastrophes to hit Ukraine during the Soviet era. Joseph Stalin's agricultural reforms affected all the grain-growing regions of the Soviet Union, such as the Urals and Kazakhstan. However, Ukraine bore the heaviest toll.
Ukrainian historians say up to ten million people died during the famine in the early 1930s.
The famine is thought to have been instigated by Stalin's campaign to force peasants to give up their land and join collective farms. Ukrainian wheat was shipped out of the country leaving millions without food.
In order to survive, many resorted to cannibalism.
The Ukrainian leadership believes the Communist regime of the time is to blame for the disaster and continues to call on Russia and other nations to recognise the event as genocide.
“Should we act like the communists did for the last 85 years, erasing the facts from our memory?” President Viktor Yushchenko asked.
“I don’t want my children, my family and my people to be deprived of the truth. In the village where I was born, out of 5,000 people one third didn’t survive because of the famine. We’ll be a crippled nation if we reject our history,” he said.
Russia admits the famine was artificially engineered by the Soviet rulers and treats the actions taken by authorities at the time as criminal. However, it denies it was an early attempt at ethic cleansing. [source]Sure, it wasn't genocide, it was just bad central planning. Speaking of death panels....
This is why the 2nd Amendment is so important. You say it couldn't happen here? Why? Our Constitution? Read the news. The Constitution doesn't seem to matter to the Executive Branch... and the Supreme Court??? The 10th Amendment is dead already. The 1st Amendment is shaky at times. The 4th Amendment is being undercut in the name of "national security." The 2nd Amendment is continually challenged by government at various levels.
The Armenians were powerless against the Ottoman Empire, the Ukrainians were powerless against Stalin's army, and the Jews were powerless against Hitler's SS. Thanks to the 2nd Amendment, the U.S. has the largest defacto militia in the world. The people of the U.S. are not powerless against any government. It must be kept that way.