Frontpagemag.com editor and Cold War specialist Dr. Jamie Glazov has written a fascinating article about his family’s history, the Soviet Union, Western leftists and their alliance with dictators and terrorists, and, finally, Fox News host Glenn Beck. Please take the time to read it.
Jamie was born in the Soviet Union. His grandfathers, both dissidents, were killed by the Stalinist terror pillaging their country. Although dissidents as well, his father, Yuri, and his mother, Marina, were not only lucky enough to survive, but were even able to migrate to Canada.
The Glazovs were thrilled to be in the West – where they were safe from the persecution they suffered in the Soviet Union – but they were shocked to discover that many Western leftists, who lived in peace and freedom, despised them because they dared criticize the Kremlin’s horrific and inhumane rule. They knew that the Soviet Union’s legacy was one of terror and oppression, but were ignored (or worse) by the West’s intelligentsia for saying so.
Both of my grandfathers were exterminated by Stalinist terror. Both of my parents, Yuri and Marina Glazov, were dissidents in the former Soviet Union. They risked their lives for freedom; they stood up against Soviet totalitarianism. They barely escaped the gulag, a fortune many of our friends and relatives did not share. I come from a system where a myriad of the closest people to my family simply disappeared, where relatives and family friends died under interrogation and torture for their beliefs — or for simply nothing at all.
Now try to imagine me sitting in the company of left-wing “intellectuals” in the West who think they are oppressed. This is my lifelong experience. I remember one radical feminist, whom I sat next to in a graduate student lounge, lecturing me sternly about how women in the West are oppressed because they wear bikinis on beaches; with a reprimanding tone, she explained to me that this represented the way capitalism objectifies women, marginalizes them from spheres of power, and metaphorically decapitates them as human beings. I remember asking her what she thought of female genital mutilation and honor killings in the Muslim world. To this I received a stone-cold silence and a frightening hateful stare, a stare with which I have become accustomed: I would be confined to a gulag or a psychiatric hospital if this particular individual had the power to place me there. This would be done for the good of society of course. My question was heresy: she could not, naturally, admit that evil adversarial cultures and ideologies existed — under which women truly suffer real oppression — for if she did, then she would have to sacrifice her entire worldview and personal identity.
Mr. Beck, thank you for having the courage and integrity to tell the truth about communism, despite the price you have had to pay for doing so. It is because of people like you that the truth is being engraved into the historical record, which no one can erase. It is because of people like you that the human lives that were extinguished by the communist killing machine will mean something, will live on in humanity’s memory, and will touch human souls in their own mystical way.
Because of people like you, the millions of victims of communism will not be pushed into the invisible sphere of historical amnesia — where the liberal left has perpetually tried to confine them. Mr. Beck, by producing documentaries like your recent The Revolutionary Holocaust, you are bringing personal affirmation to myriads of families like my own — and to all victims and survivors of communism — by validating our experiences and by telling the whole world that, despite the left’s attempt to impose gulag denial on our culture, we did live what we lived, we did endure what we endured, and we did see what we saw. And you are crystallizing the pernicious socialist idea that comes in the form of humanitarianism, but culminates in mass terror.
Be sure to read the entire article; it’s truly one of the most interesting, the most honest and most heartfelt columns I’ve read in a long, long time.
Lastly, Glenn Beck isn’t the only one who deserves our praise and gratitude for exposing communism and socialism for what they are: Jamie himself deserves this as well. He too is taking great pains to unmask leftist ideologies and their alliance with dictatorial regimes everywhere. Therefore: thank you, Jamie, for doing all the good work you do and thank you for sharing your story with the rest of us.