Since 1917, communist regimes have accounted for more than 100 million deaths, and in countries like North Korea, the slaughter continues. Historian R.J. Rummel estimates that the Soviet Union alone killed nearly 62 million people: "(N)early all were guilty of ... nothing."
when the London Sun published a picture of (Prince Harry) in his German desert uniform and swastika armband, it triggered widespread outrage and disgust. In scathing editorials, Harry was condemned as an ignorant and insensitive clod; months later, he was still apologizing for his tasteless costume. "It was a very stupid thing to do," he said in September. "I've learnt my lesson."
Yet, as Jeff Jacoby points out in the Boston Globe,
the glamorization of communism is widespread. On West 4th Street in Manhattan, the popular KGB Bar is known for its literary readings and Soviet propaganda posters. In Los Angeles, the La La Ling boutique sells baby clothing emblazoned with the face of Che Guevara, Fidel Castro's notorious henchman. At the House of Mao, a popular eatery in Singapore, waiters in Chinese army uniforms serve Long March Chicken, and a giant picture of Mao Zedong dominates one wall.
So who decides which totalitarian regime is hip and which is unacceptable, fashionably and otherwise?
Happy May Day!