New Victims of Communism Memorial attracts clergy, segways

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On Wednesday, President Bush blocked traffic for a while to dedicate DC’s latest memorial. This one is for Victims of Communism. The statue is a replica of the one they used in Tiananmen Square. As memorials go, it’s not too bad, it’s relatively classy and it doesn’t dominate the skyline like DC’s last memorial, the gargantuanly hideous Air Force Memorial. It’s also nice to see a memorial dedicated to peace and not war or hubris (like a lot of other monuments in DC). You can find it at the intersection of Mass Ave, New Jersey Ave, and G St, a couple of blocks from Union Station. I can only assume they picked that location because it offers a great backdrop of a burned out, abandoned building to remind us of how destitute Communist economies can be (see second photo). The statue is also staring directly at Georgetown Law School, probably to represent how Victims of Communism can look to the laws of the United States for protection from being tortured and/or being held in secret prisons with no charges.

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3 Comments so far

  1. Ex-Hy Hy (unregistered) on June 15th, 2007 @ 9:40 am

    Serious? Which Americans were victims of Communism itself (and not victims of American efforts to fight the Red Menace, i.e. the Rosenbergs, soldiers sent to Korea/Vietnam, etc)? I understand the enormous scale of Russian victims, Chinese victims, etc. but I don’t understand why we’ve erected a memorial here in the US capitol.


  2. Dan Miller (unregistered) on June 15th, 2007 @ 9:59 am

    There weren’t all that many American Holocaust victims either, and they got a whole museum. Lighten up.


  3. Don (unregistered) on June 15th, 2007 @ 10:39 am

    I don’t think the monument is meant to be exclusively to American “victims of communism,” though that makes it no less retarded. Didn’t we get past this idiotic need to demonize communism in the 80s after the Soviet Union fell? We really need to put up a memorial blaming deaths on an overly optimistic and flawed economic theory?

    The website talks about “the atrocities of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and Castro,” none of whom are – to the best of my knowledge – economic systems, but rather people. That they dressed their fascist practices up with a frilly theory doesn’t make their actions the result of communism – they’re the result of their corrupt regimes.

    Putting up a monument about communism gives that defective economic system way more credit than it deserves. We need a monument for all the people killed over flawed and corrupt applications of innocent ideas.



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