Last April, millions in North Korea enthusiastically celebrated the "Day of the Sun," when the founder of their communist country, who made them poor as church mice, had been born 97 years ago. If you have ever asked yourself why normal people could fall for mass murderers, read "United in Hate: The Left's Romance With Tyranny and Terror," by Jamie Glazov. The book calls them believers because they believe there is something wrong with their own country, and fantasize about building a different country in which they will finally fit in. Seem familiar?
The book opens with Joseph E. Davies, the second U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union (1936-1938), who preached that "no human being deserved greater respect than Josef Stalin." Over the next 80 pages, the book describes many other prominent believers who, tortured by their personal alienation, crave a fairy-tale world where the individual did not exist, and dreamt of being submerged within a collective whole.
I could write volumes about this part of Dr. Glazov's book, because my experience complements it. In my other life, at the top of the KGB community, I was one of the leaders of the immense machinery engaged in spinning a spider web across the world to snag potential believers and change their minds. Changing minds is what communism is all about. It is also quintessentially Russia, dating back to the famous 1787 Potemkin villages erected for Catherine the Great to feign rural prosperity. No wonder communism and Russia were such a good fit.
Another part of "United in Hate" focuses on Western leftist journalists and writers who dedicated their lives to covering up the failures of Marxism, so as to make it palatable to the West. When in 1933 Walter Duranty, the New York Times' man in Moscow, visited the Ukraine at the peak of its devastating famine that killed millions, he lied in his articles, claiming that village markets overflowed with "eggs, fruit, poultry, vegetables, milk and butter." A child could see, he wrote, that "this is not famine but abundance." Sound familiar? In 2009, even a child could see that General Motors had to file for bankruptcy, but the New York Times spilled gallons of ink to conceal this truth and persuade the American people to waste billions on that man-made disaster.
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