Last weekend, a small group of communist sympathizers decided to mock victims of the evil ideology by flipping off the Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington D.C.
Those who were clear on the evils of communism responded:
The Victims of Communism Memorial was created to honor the memory of “all groups that have suffered under communism.” The funding of the monument was supported by many ethnic groups; the Vietnamese Americans in Northern Virginia led the way in raising money along with the Latvians, Lithuanians, Estonians, Hungarians. President George W. Bush served as honorary chairman of the effort. No federal funds were used to create the memorial.
The website for the memorial stats that some suggested designs included “a replica of the Berlin Wall, a Gulag barracks, a killing field in Cambodia, a boat used by the Vietnamese and the Cubans to flee their communist oppressors, a cell from the KGB Lubyanka prison in Moscow, a broken statue of Stalin, Lenin or Mao, a watchtower with armed guards and barbed wire. Two icons led the list: the Brandenburg Gate and the Statue of the “Goddess of Democracy” erected by Chinese student protestors in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.”
The website adds:
After months of debate, the board of directors unanimously selected the Democracy statue as the core of the Memorial because (1) it called to mind the Tiananmen Square Massacre and the continuing oppression in the world’s largest country, (2) It was based on the Statue of Liberty in New York, reflecting man’s indomitable desire to be free; and (3) it had become a global symbol of freedom and democracy with replicas in France, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Taiwan, Canada, and San Francisco’s Chinatown.
The memorial was dedicated by President George W. Bush on Tuesday, June 12, 2007, the 20th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s Brandenburg Gate speech in which he said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
The memorial’s front pedestal reads, “To the more than one hundred million victims of communism and to those who love liberty.” Its back pedestal reads, “To the freedom and independence of all captive nations and peoples.”