I decided to read up on Gulags and Applebaums excellent work entitled Gulag is the place to start.
Number one . While the left likes to talk about the crimes of Nazism in racial terms
gulags were filled with scores of nationalites. Wholesale deportation of Poles, Balts started BEFORE the Nazi invasion. Executions of theses locals also including some Jews took place before the Nazis arrived. In fact the Nazis used the Jewish Bolshevik slur to whip the locals into doing their dirty work. Yet the story of the Mass graves caused by the Soviets at Katayn and wholesale deportations of ethnic groups remains a taboo subject.
Number Two The left likes to talk about Gulags at Guantanamo. They do not mention where the original came from and they mitigate and excuse the abuses of real Gulags.
The plight of real political prisoners is a concern. Words said by the left abolut Guantanampo endless. Words said about Iranian , Chinese and Cuban political prisoners zero.
Number Three. mItigating the crimes of Communism is the equivalent of the flat earth society. How many examples of lethal failures do you need ? When a Communist talks about Guantanamo pull out the Black Book , Applebaums Gulag and be brutal. The legacy of Marx is found in those books and others.