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Cold War casualties of communism seek museum on National Mall
washingtontimes.com ^ | Jacqueline Klimas | Jacqueline Klimas

Posted on 06/19/2014 10:39:56 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

With Russia making waves on the world stage and Marxism resurfacing in some academic circles, those who survived communism say it’s time to get serious about building a museum to honor the victims of such governments and warn of the dangers of a relapse.

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation wants to break ground on a museum in Washington in October 2017, in time for the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution that created the Soviet Union.

“What we see in Ukraine and Russia grappling with and dealing with the toxic legacy of Soviet communism in that part of the world, I think there is a growing awareness that this is a very serious and real issue,” said Marion Smith, executive director of the foundation.

The museum would house documents, art and other historical artifacts, Mr. Smith said. While the foundation has some material, he said it is working with donors to gather other collections and would plan to work internationally with museums in former communist countries for rotating exhibits.

The museum would be a follow-up to the Victims of Communism Memorial, dedicated seven years ago in Washington on the 20th anniversary of President Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” speech at the Berlin Wall.

Critics of that memorial alleged that it condemned other countries without mention of American violations. For example, according to Russian news site Ria Novosti, Ukrainian communists reacted by opening a museum with exhibits on mass killings of American Indians, slavery, U.S. racism and invasion of foreign countries.

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1 posted on 06/19/2014 10:39:56 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Typical commie reaction. “But you did it too!” Never a peep about whether it is wrong.


2 posted on 06/19/2014 10:41:30 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Tailgunner Joe

It’s about time that the world recognize the unspeakable atrocities committed by lying, murdering, communist swine.

IMHO


3 posted on 06/19/2014 10:46:28 AM PDT by ripley
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To: 1rudeboy

Russia is a big supporter of the Communist Party of Ukraine. KGB Putin supports Communists all over the world, and while he ruthlessly suppresses any true political dissent in Russia, he always makes sure the Russian Communist Party is allowed to operate without interference.


4 posted on 06/19/2014 10:47:02 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

A monument to those fighting communism? In modern America?


5 posted on 06/19/2014 10:48:39 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Of course the one communist Poot doesn’t support is Comrade Zer0.


6 posted on 06/19/2014 10:49:26 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The only way this will ever happen is if there’s a “crimes of America” museum right next door.


7 posted on 06/19/2014 10:49:29 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: ScottinVA

Of course he supports his flexible comrade Barry most of all.


8 posted on 06/19/2014 10:54:08 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Our communist in chief will never agree to a memorial for the victims.


9 posted on 06/19/2014 11:02:24 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Tailgunner Joe; All
65 million in the People's Republic of China
20 million in the Soviet Union
..(I find this figure is very hard to believe, maybe 45 million)
2 million in Cambodia
2 million in North Korea
1.7 million in Africa
1.5 million in Afghanistan
1 million in the Communist states of Eastern Europe
1 million in Vietnam
150,000 in Latin America (mainly Cuba)
10,000 deaths "resulting from actions of the international Communist movement and Communist parties not in power."

94.36 million (94.36 + 25 = 119.36 million)?

from the Black Book on Communism.

One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic... Joseph Stalin

10 posted on 06/19/2014 11:02:55 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The CIA Memorial Wall is already a pretty impressive cold war museum if you’re willing to understand it.


11 posted on 06/19/2014 11:06:37 AM PDT by discostu (Ladies and gentlemen watch Ruth!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
those who survived communism say it’s time to get serious about building a museum to honor the victims of such governments and warn of the dangers of a relapse.

Sadly, the place would be converted into a shrine *to* Communism in short order. Wax Lenin duplicate and all.

12 posted on 06/19/2014 11:06:39 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The National Mall is turning into a Disneyland of memorials - they are coming faster and faster, and get stranger and more political with each new one.

How about just stopping all new memorials on the Mall completely - and leave it as an open green public space, as it was intended?


13 posted on 06/19/2014 11:08:49 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Good. Start with John Birch.


14 posted on 06/19/2014 11:08:53 AM PDT by Liberty Ship ("Lord, make me fast and accurate.")
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To: skinkinthegrass

Add 60 million aborted babies in the US.


15 posted on 06/19/2014 11:16:08 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Never under comrade Obama.


16 posted on 06/19/2014 11:16:45 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Russia has as many as twice the number of abortions per year as the US, even though they only have half our population.


17 posted on 06/19/2014 11:17:59 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

We have no shortage of Congressional specimens that could be stuffed, mounted and displayed behind glass at the new Communist museum.


18 posted on 06/19/2014 11:36:35 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
Add 60 million aborted babies in the US.
and that's a low estimate...

19 posted on 06/19/2014 11:38:51 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: skinkinthegrass

Great book. And if the details contained within it aren’t enough for someone, you can use the thing to physically beat belief into them.


20 posted on 06/19/2014 11:41:19 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: TexasRepublic; All
Congressional specimens that could be stuffed, mounted and
displayed behind glass at the new Communist museum
umm...the Ted Kennedy Branch, would be as big as ....
the Smithsonian Aviation/Space Museum

21 posted on 06/19/2014 11:45:13 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: PGR88
The National Mall is turning into a Disneyland of memorials - they are coming faster and faster, and get stranger and more political with each new one. How about just stopping all new memorials on the Mall completely - and leave it as an open green public space, as it was intended?

It is becoming a place for foreigners to plant their memorials, why don't they quit doing the ones that aren't about us.

22 posted on 06/19/2014 11:55:03 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: ansel12
It is becoming a place for foreigners to plant their memorials, why don't they quit doing the ones that aren't about us.

I agree. The Holocaust Museum might be a good idea, but it has doesn't belong on the Mall. It should have been located somewhere else. I feel the same about this proposed museum. Put it somewhere else.

23 posted on 06/19/2014 2:14:22 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney (Book: Resistance to Tyranny. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: JoeFromSidney

It is another symptom of mass immigration and the view that today America is just the world’s bus stop, that after 50 years of global immigration, we belong to the world now and are not only multi-cultural, but multi-national now.


24 posted on 06/19/2014 2:55:38 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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