Saturday, December 18, 2010

Link of the day

Coming to terms with sadism

An orphan of the Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge struggles to overcome his anguish.

We may perhaps be nitpicking* but one particular word in this paragraph stood out:

Bo Uce was 4 in 1975 when the Khmer Rouge, with its deranged vision of communism, took power. It purged the country of teachers, doctors, lawyers and writers and forced the population into hard labor on farming collectives.

Forced starvations, political prisoners, Kulaks, Killing Fields, imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winners, forced abortions, The Great Leap Forward, gulags, general soul-crushing authoritarianism.... in an otherwise outstanding article by the L.A. Times, we question the use of the word "deranged" as it suggests some sort of outlier phenomena in the wonderful tapestry wove by 20th-century Communism.

* As minor league Birchers in high school, we can't help ourselves and will pounce upon any perceived softness.


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