I am reminded of what Pavlov said about the Soviet experiment. “For the kind of social experiment that you are making, I would not sacrifice a frog’s hind legs!”
The Communists didn’t sacrifice a frog’s hind legs. They sacrificed millions of people and entire countries. They shot stray children, destroyed an entire generation of writers and scientists. Among the people they shot were my great-uncles.
NBC whitewashed Russia’s communist legacy in the lead segment of its Friday broadcast of the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage narrated the network’s lionization of the largest country by land mass:
“Russia overwhelms. Russia mystifies. Russia transcends. Through every stage of its story, it’s resisted any notion of limitation. Through every re-invention, only redoubling its desire to cast a towering presence.”
“The empire that ascended to affirm a colossal footprint; the revolution that birthed one of modern history’s pivotal experiments. But if politics has long shaped our sense of who they are, it’s passion that endures.”
NBC. Nothing But Communism.
What’s a little mass murder in a revolutionary cause? If Peter Dinklage and NBC execs really like experiments, they should try North Korea. I would eagerly await the outcome of that experiment.