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Joseph Stalin did not mellow with age: He prosecuted a reign of terror, purges, executions, exiles to labor camps and persecution in the postwar USSR, suppressing all dissent and anything that smacked of foreign–especially Western–influence. He established communist governments throughout Eastern Europe, and in 1949 led the Soviets into the nuclear age by exploding an atomic bomb. In 1950, he gave North Korea’s communist leader Kim Il Sung (1912-1994) permission to invade United States-supported South Korea, an event that triggered the Korean War.
Stalin, who grew increasingly paranoid in his later years, died on March 5, 1953, at age 74, after suffering a stroke. His body was embalmed and preserved in Lenin’s mausoleum in Moscow’s Red Square until 1961, when it was removed and buried near the Kremlin walls as part of the de-Stalinization process initiated by Stalin’s successor Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971).
By some estimates, he was responsible for the deaths of 20 million people during his brutal rule.
Conversely, his autocratic totalitarian regime has been vastly condemned for overseeing mass repressions and destruction of religious and cultural artifacts and sites, which through arbitrary executions, purges and forced labor caused an estimated 40 to 70 million deaths, which would rank his tenure as the top incidence of excess mortality in human history.
Under Hitler's leadership and racially motivated ideology, the Nazi regime was responsible for the genocide of at least 5.5 million Jews and millions of other victims whom he and his followers deemed Untermenschen (sub-humans) or socially undesirable. Hitler and the Nazi regime were also responsible for the killing of an estimated 19.3 million civilians and prisoners of war. In addition, 29 million soldiers and civilians died as a result of military action in the European theatre. The number of civilians killed during the Second World War was unprecedented in warfare and the casualties constituted the deadliest conflict in human history.
Human rights record
See also: Human rights in North Korea
According to a 2004 Human Rights Watch report, the North Korean government under Kim was "among the world's most repressive governments", having up to 200,000 political prisoners according to U.S. and South Korean officials, with no freedom of the press or religion, political opposition or equal education: "Virtually every aspect of political, social, and economic life is controlled by the government."
Kim's government was accused of "crimes against humanity" for its alleged culpability in creating and prolonging the 1990s famine.
He took part in orchestrating the Cambodian genocide and presided over a totalitarian dictatorship, in which his government made urban dwellers move to the countryside to work in collective farms and on forced labour projects. The combined effects of executions, strenuous working conditions, malnutrition and poor medical care caused the deaths of approximately 25 percent of the Cambodian population. In all, an estimated 1 to 3 million people (out of a population of slightly over 8 million) perished as a result of the policies of his four-year premiership.
originally posted by: Painterz
Was Ruby Ridge an atrocity? The guy was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood and the World Aryan Congress.
Waco was certainly bad if you were a Branch Davidian.
Not sure either of those rank up alongside genocides... If we want to pick some atrocity inflicted by the US government, what about what has been done to Iraq and Afghanistan? Millions dead.
originally posted by: LookingForABetterLife
Let's never forget the genocide brought upon the natives to this land by the European. Killing, raping, slavery, forced changes to their religious beliefs and the outright stealing of there lands.
It's time for the US to give up trying to be a nation of the people and for the people and to give it back to those of us who can call ourselves American Indians.
originally posted by: sdcigarpig
The annexation of the nation of Hawaii.
originally posted by: DigginFoTroof
So every time anyone brings up the idea that some of these school shootings of Las Vegas could be the act of the government, we are immediately screamed down, mocked, ridiculed, etc and told we are stupid and being ridiculous/moronic. Looking at history there are probably COUNTLESS atrocities comitted by the government on their citizens from massacres to starvation to disease infestations to medical testing. Unfortunately there seems to be no limit to the cruelty that a people's own government will commit against their own citizens if it keeps them in power, bolsters their position, weakens opposition, instills fear in the populace. Whatever name we are called whenever we suggest the possibility of government involvement is really a mirrored comment on the person calling the name as they exhibit those exact traits (and worst) of which they are calling people. I'm sure there is some psychological name for this, but IDK what it is.
So, let's name some events and it doesn't matter what country
Waco - storming Branch Davidian compound
Ruby Ridge - ATF killing family after ATF entrapment sting campaign
October Revolution (Bolshevik's attacking the Czar)
I'm going to do some research on these and go into more detail. I'd like to make a list of things where an armed populace would have made a difference in the situation as well. I'm sure we can find at least 52 of these incidences and possibly 365 as I have an idea on how to help people understand the reason many people will never relenquish their right to bear arms.
The Ministry of Defence turned large parts of the country into a giant laboratory to conduct a series of secret germ warfare tests on the public. A government report just released provides for the first time a comprehensive official history of Britain's biological weapons trials between 1940 and 1979. Many of these tests involved releasing potentially dangerous chemicals and micro-organisms over vast swaths of the population without the public being told. While details of some secret trials have emerged in recent years, the 60-page report reveals new information about more than 100 covert experiments.
..In another trial using zinc cadmium sulphide, a generator was towed along a road near Frome in Somerset where it spewed the chemical for an hour....
...In another chapter, 'Large Area Coverage Trials', the MoD describes how between 1961 and 1968 more than a million people along the south coast of England, from Torquay to the New Forest, were exposed to bacteria including e.coli and bacillus globigii , which mimics anthrax. These releases came from a military ship, the Icewhale, anchored off the Dorset coast, which sprayed the micro-organisms in a five to 10-mile radius.
Source : The Guardian UK
In recent years, the MoD has commissioned two scientists to review the safety of these tests. Both reported that there was no risk to public health
Sue Ellison, spokeswoman for Porton Down, said: 'Independent reports by eminent scientists have shown there was no danger to public health........
Asked whether such tests are still being carried out, she said: 'It is not our policy to discuss ongoing research.'