470[orthodox-synod] Communist Criminals & the Kosovo Gnat
- Aug 2, 1999Here are two timely quotes lifted from the recent edition of National Review.
I believe them pertinent to the interests of this List. My posting them
does not, necessarily, signal personal endorsement. Rather, food for thought.
Nobody has yet been brought to trial in Russia for his part in the practice
of Communist terror. Such was communism, the apologetic argument runs, that
one and all were simultaneously victims and victimizers; therefore, there is
no such thing as responsibility. Well, an excellent place to start
separating the guilty from the innocent is "Gulag," a documentary made by
Angus Macqueen for the BBC. It bears comparison with Claude Lanzmann's film
on the Holocaust, "Shoah." Where Nazism is concerned, though, victims are
easily distinguished from victimizers. Even now, almost 60 years on, there
are still trials of Nazi criminals. "Gulag," which given the vastness of its
subject, has to be selective, concentrates on the processes whereby the
innocent were arrested and deported as slave laborers. In dozens of
interviews, victims from different backgrounds describe lives wrecked for no
purpose. Most remarkably, the many KGB officers and camp guards, the drivers
and railwaymen, express not one single word of remorse for their inhumanity.
They should be receiving court orders, not pensions. [end quote]
Perhaps we are all weary of Kosovo news. Yet, the following quote seems apt.
"Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R.Tex), speaking at Heritage Foundation on
Kosovo: 'We declared victory when 19 nations outlasted a country the size of
the state of Kentucky, with a faltering economy and minimal military
resources ... An elephant was called in to step on a gnat -- the gnat is
wounded and the elephant is limping.'"
Fr Joseph Huneycutt
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