From The New Criterion: "Lots of conquering groups have annihilated or enslaved other groups — just think of the Trojan war or Tamerlane's mountains of skulls — but no form of government had ever been so brutal to those it regarded as its own people as Soviet Russia. It was far crueler than its tsarist predecessor; between 1825 and 1905, the tsars executed 191 people for political reasons. By comparison, conservative estimates of executions under Lenin and Stalin — say, 20 million from 1917 to 1953 — average over 10,000 per week. That's a tsarist century every few days. Western public opinion has never come to terms with the crimes of Communism."