GLEN COVE, NY — Historians like to give names to
periods like the “Age of Faith” or the “Age of Reason.” The
twentieth century should be known as the “Age of Evil.” What
made this century unique was the mass-produced nature of its evil history.
Between 1915 and 1917, the Turks killed more than a half million, and
possibly more than a million, Armenians. Between 1932 and 1933, the
Soviets deliberately starved to death about 10 million Ukrainian farmers,
despite the fact that these farmers were actually producing food. The
Germans and their East European collaborators killed 10 to 15 million
people during the Nazi regime; the majority of the 6 million Jews who
were killed died in death camps. In the late 1930s, the Japanese murdered
over 1 million Chinese people. The Chinese communists killed over 70
million people, especially in the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural
Revolution. More recently, genocides have occurred in Cambodia, Rwanda,
The overwhelming majority of victims were killed by communists
— over 100 million people in all. Included in this number are the Chinese,
the Poles and Ukrainians killed by the Soviets, and the victims of
Pol Pot in Cambodia.
The most important figures of the twentieth century were
Josef Stalin and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. There can be no serious
doubt about Stalin’s guilt; this
column will explore Roosevelt’s role.
In 1934, almost immediately after the communist genocide of 10 million Ukrainians,
Roosevelt established diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union and continued
to favor the Soviet regime for the remaining 10 years of his life.
During World War II, Roosevelt never spoke out against
the Holocaust. The Venerable Pius XII, who has been criticized for
not denouncing the Holocaust, presided over the rescue of over 750,000
Jews; this rescue would have been jeopardized if he had spoken out
too forcefully. Roosevelt had no such excuse. He never even bombed
the rail lines to the death camps. No one knows why Roosevelt never
took any steps to save Europe’s Jews. Although sophisticated
Americans in some of our big cities were aware of the Holocaust, this
horror was never given a place in our war propaganda, and small town
America did not hear about it until the liberation of the death camps.
Roosevelt favored communism in other ways as well. He supported the forced incorporation
of the three Baltic states into the Soviet Union and the communist domination
of Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and arguably other countries. He also
presided over the placement of at least 80 people in important positions in the
State Department who were communists, Soviet Spies, or dedicated supporters of
When Roosevelt died, he left behind dozens of high State Department officials
dedicated to communist victory in the Chinese civil war. These people spread
the lies that the Chinese communists were not real communists and were not allies
of Stalin. They helped to create a communist victory in China that resulted in
more than 70 million murders in China and Cambodia.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt deserves a large part of the blame for the horrors
of the twentieth century even though he did not personally order them, as did
Stalin, Hitler, Mao, or Pol Pot.
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Charles G. Mills is the Judge Advocate or general counsel for the
New York State American Legion. He has forty years of experience in
many trial and appellate courts and has published several articles
about the law.
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