It is a great moral failing for a free society to misunderstand the extent of Communism's atrocities. While the horrors of Nazism are well known, who knows that the Soviet Union murdered 20 million people? Who knows that China's dictators have slaughtered an estimated 60 million? Who knows that the Communist holocaust has exacted a death toll surpassing that of all of the wars of the 20th century combined?
President Bush will be the featured guest at the event unveiling a bronze statue modeled after the Tiananman Square imitation of America's Statue of Liberty.
Afterwards, Bush heads to lunch with Republican Senators, having boasted this weekend that he can bring enough of them around to support the immigration bill he wants, as drafted by Senators Ted Kennedy, John McCain, and others from each party.
As the website for the Victims of Communism Memorial describes:
Those attending the event will be attentive to whether the efforts of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II are highlighted for their labors in defeating Soviet and European Communism. And it will noted if Bush uses the occasion to try to create some parallels between that fight and his current focus on immigration.