The old philosophical saw asks if a tree falls in a forest, and no one hears it, did it make any sound?

The answer is yes, because sound waves exist whether or not you hear them.

If 100 million people are killed and the press doesn’t report it, is it news? The answer is no. And if they dedicate a museum to remind us of these deaths, you’ll hear even less about it.

A google search showed nine stories (and seven of the Russian news story suggesting a “victims of imperialism” museum).

The Victims of Communism Memorial was dedicated on Tuesday morning, June 12, 2007, in Washington, D.C. Rep. Tom Lantos, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, gave the keynote address while Rep. Dana Rohrabacher delivered remarks. President George W. Bush has also spoke. A crowd of 1,000 including Congressional leaders, members of the diplomatic corps, ethnic leaders, foreign dignitaries, and Memorial supporters, attended the historic event.

The 100 million people who died because of communism in the twentieth century centruy.

The photos is of the goddess of democracy, a copy of the one who once resided in Tianamen square….

The headlines are full of bad news. Is there a big battle that maybe the Afghans who loved freedom won? Well, you wouldn’t know it in the NYTimes, which only reports a US airstrike killed seven children, and uses the story to report how people hate Americans for killing children.
And today’s papers have the usual blame game, where Iraq is called the “second most failed world state”, as if the Marxist Mugabe’s destruction of a once vibrant Zimbabwe and the failed states of central Africa don’t exist…

 Israel is warmonger, not an Iran that is funding Hamas’ wars in Lebanon and Gaza while arresting thousands of it’s own dissadents…,

And is Hamas throwing government officials off of housetops? It’s Bush’s fault…or maybe Israel…or maybe Tony Blair…

Of course, never the fault of those funding the murderers, those twisting religion to justify atrocities, or even the fault of the murderer’s themselves..

So all the headlines imply the genocides in Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, or any other country that makes the headlines are all the fault of the US, as if equally nasty civil wars weren’t going on in Sri Lankha, Thailand, Nepal , Chad and various central African countries where the US has little or no presence or influence.
As Wretched wrote:

But there is a strange tendency, especially among those who would otherwise claim that America is everywhere declining, to ascribe to it an indirect omnipotence. Everything is America’s fault. Is the climate changing? Are people in Gaza starving? Is there no help for those being killed in Darfur? Are the Ayatollahs beating up on student demonstrators? Look no further for the cause. It’s all America’s fault. It’s always America’s fault.

An unbreakable chain of causality is constructed from Washington politics to the smallest butterfly fluttering in the Amazon. It is the reverse Butterfly Effect; and the logical consequence is that if America does nothing — if preferably it stops breathing — then all the evils of the world will return to the lockbox whence they came.

Hmm. maybe that’s why the museum is ignored: because it includes reminders of a time when the press vilified Reagan  even more than Bush is vilified today, and that some of the dictators most loved and praised by the elite turned out to be …well, murderous dictators…

  • When Mao murdered tens of millions of Chinese peasants during his “land reforms”…

(and in the 1960’s, his land reforms were praised and lauded as proof communism was the best way to pull a country out of poverty)

  • When Ho Chi Minh sent 850,000 Vietnamese to their graves in “education camps”…

(and in the 1960’s, Uncle Ho was seen as a great benign patriot, while the Vietnamese and Americans opposing him were vilified as murderers of children)

  • When Castro buried dissenters in the infamous Isle of Pines…

(attention Stephen Spielburg and Michael Moore…)Which reminds me of another saying that has become a cliche: Those who ignore history are destined to repeat it.

Ah, but don’t expect such self analysis soon from the “me generation”.

Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.

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