How many people did Stalin kill? If you ask most educated people they struggle with a credible response. The answer is hotly debated, but we can ballpark it between 20 and 60 million people. Stalin quite possibly killed more people than the entire world did in World War II. Think about that for a minute. Okay, now put your latte down and think about it again. Pretty horrific isn’t it? Now add in the atrocities of Hitler, Mussolini, the Japanese Imperial Army, etc. Now ask yourself this question: what would have all of those people invented, innovated, created, cured, built, loved, painted, healed (the list goes on) had they not been executed, murdered, or simply dehumanized and dumped off into some abhorred concentration camp?
Let us come together and agree on what the lesson of the 20th Century SHOULD be. You cannot let the Beast go unchecked. Folks, it really is that simple.
When I joined the Army in the winter of 2005 I was but a young man searching for my place in the world. The country was deeply divided over what the right course of action should be in the Middle East following the deadliest attack on American soil. I joined because I wanted to gain leadership skills, experience comradery, and to serve this country that I love so much. As the years passed I found out there was more to being a soldier than what I just listed. At every major training event and deployment my belief in America grew. Each event that reinforced my beliefs can be simply enumerated: