As they speak of human rights and attempt to prey upon or create guilt in some Americans about unfortunate outcomes in our past, it is useful to reflect upon the accomplishments of one of the past heroes of their movement.
Working to uncover the secrets of the collapsed Soviet Union, diggers say they have found 20 sets of bones in what they believe is a vast burial ground for thousands of victims of dictator Josef Stalin's firing squads.The movement that these people represent has supported or defended a long list of murderous thugs on all fringes of the political spectrum, including, just off the top of my head, Pol Pot, Mao Tse-Tung, Milosevic, Castro, the Taliban, Arafat, and Saddam Hussein.
So far, the volunteers from the human rights group Memorial have sent nine sets of remains to a forensic laboratory for tests of identifying features including age, sex, cause and time of death.
Russian officials have said they believe millions of people died from executions and brutal imprisonment under Stalin's rule. His security forces ruthlessly arrested people suspected of political disloyalty, espionage, failure to work hard enough in factories or on farms, or of not fighting hard enough against German invaders.