Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Ukrainian Genocide

Cyber Cossack reminds us of one of the worst and most forgotten tragedies of the twentieth century--when Stalin starved out the Ukrainian people in 1932 and 1933.

Basically, Stalin didn't like the Ukrainians and especially didn't like their resistance to collectivization. So he decided to take all their food and send it to Moscow and to feed the industrial workers who were building a new Soviet Union. At least a million and a half Ukrainians died during those terrible years, though some estimates place it as high as 7 million.

Quite rightfully, there is much outrage over the unacknowleged Turkish genocide against the Armenians. But although it was a long time ago and under a different government and really even a different nation, the Russian people need to give the Ukraine an official apology for this horrible action. After all, it's not like Putin exactly avoided the Communist Party that perpetrated these events.