Captain Ed has an absolutely brilliant post on the current flap over North Koreans seeking asylum in the South where he makes one of the most well-worded descriptions of the leftist fascination with communism I’ve ever seen:
It also would put yet another nail in the coffin for the curious and deadly political system of communism, which has killed millions over the past century through starvation and outright murder. Despite being the only system of government that routinely built walls around its states to keep its population inside rather than invaders outside, it still attracts a surprising amount of sympathy from fools and left-wing idealogues such as can be found at International ANSWER, a Stalinist apologist group that provided the driving force behind the antiwar protests this past year. At some point in the future, historians (freed from the current ideological shackles found in academia nowadays) will wonder in horror that such a social experiment was allowed to continue for so long with such horrendous results. They will ask why, and all we can do is point to those apologists for people like Stalin, Brezhnev, Castro, Pol Pot, and a host of others who enslaved their own people and watched them die. We will say, “These people told us that there was no such thing as truth and objective reality, and that all things were relative,” while the mostly-unmarked graves of millions mock our empty words.
One does wonder how history will judge those who were all too willing to turn their backs on the horrors of Stalin, Pol Pot, Catro, and Hussein. Should that history be written by a free people, and it will, it will not look upon them with favor.