Moral Matters


September 6, 2017

Communists offer paradise, but deliver hell

When I was in school, we had to write an essay on ‘man’s inhumanity to man’. It was the time of the Cold War, a time when we faced the real prospect of nuclear war. That we have reached that point once again is not surprising in a world where communists still govern. Even as children, my school mates and I were acutely aware of the distinction between good and evil. There was no attempt on our part to mitigate the crimes of communists. As far as we were concerned, they and their rotten system were wicked. Because we read the grim statistics, we knew that Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot and Chairman Mao were the greatest mass killers in human history. Theirs was not the new ‘heaven on earth’ as promised in their demented speeches and pamphlets. It was, if anything, hell on earth.So, when we wrote about ‘man’s inhumanity to man’, we wrote about that diabolical experiment called ‘communism’. We wrote about Pol Pot’s Cambodian ‘killing fields’, about the ‘gulag archipelago’ and the frenzied terror of Mao’s ‘cultural revolution’. We wrote about mass murder. North Korea is a remnant of that benighted era when communism spread like a virus across half the globe. It provides ample proof of a thoroughly evil system: starvation, paranoia, death camps and people without hope. That it has been ruled by a single family since its inception shows that communist despots are royalty in everything but name. To my children’s generation, North Korea is a world away. To them, it is barely conceivable that, in my childhood, the people of Berlin were terrorised by a menacing wall that signalled the end of the free world…Read more