For John, BLUF: Some murderous dictatorships are more equal than other murderous dictatorships. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Here is a critique of the NBC TV Series, The Americans, about two KGB (Soviet) "Sleeper Agents" in 1980s America. Writing at the Volokh Conspiracy, Professor Ilya Somin (George Mason Law School) wrote about "Communism, The Americans, and the Nature of Evil". Here is, I believe, the key sentence.
My main criticism of the portrayal of communism in much of Western popular culture and intellectual discourse is that it tends to ignore or downplay communist crimes and atrocities, as most recently evident in the fawning obituaries of the late British communist historian Eric Hobsbawm; a lifelong Nazi sympathizer would never have been so lionized by mainstream media and academia.This is a problem in that it distorts our understanding of history. We seem to hold people from different nations and different parts of the world to different standards of conduct. The implication of such an approach is that human rights are not universal. That is to say, a denial of the second sentence of the Declaration of Independence.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.I rather hold all nations and all People to the same high standards, thus avoiding what has been called "the soft bigotry of low expectations."
Hat tip to the Instapundit.
Regards — Cliff