Civilian disarmament & tyranny — A historic tale of three cities by Miguel A. Faria, MD

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

乐动体育APPDepending on the level of culture and social progress, violence can take different forms in different societies. In the mid‑twentieth century, Stalin’s brutal communist government killed more Soviet citizens through privation, forced labor, and famine than soldiers fighting the Germans in World War II.

乐动体育APPIn 1994, the Hutu‑led Rwandan government massacred between 800,000 and over one million people, mostly Tutsis, in a genocide carried out largely with machete‑wielding (not guns) government forces. The massacres took place despite the presence of UN “peace‑keeping” forces, armed with automatic weapons who failed to intervene. The Tutsis were unarmed and helpless.

Live FreeCivilian disarmament has always preceded genocide in authoritarian states. The political formula for accomplishing this goal is and remains: Media indoctrination against firearms, followed by gun licensing and registration, then banning, confiscation, and finally total civilian disarmament. This is what could happen if the Democrats — with many presidential and senatorial candidates openly embracing socialism and gun control — win the elections in 2020. But what can we learn from history?

Dateline: Warsaw, Poland, 1943

In the Spring of 1943, the inhabitants of the Warsaw Ghetto, having become aware the Nazis were deporting the remaining Jews to the gas chambers of Treblinka, took up arms, whatever they could find, and rebelled against the German occupiers. These determined insurgents had only homemade Molotov cocktails and a handful of small arms, revolvers, pistols, and a few military or hunting rifles. It took vastly superior Nazi forces to subdue the rebels, and the Germans suffered up to 300 casualties in pacifying the city.

乐动体育APPThere were several other armed struggles and Ghetto uprisings, and the Poles and Warsaw remained a serious problem for the Germans during the remainder of the war. The Polish Jews continued to procure whatever arms they could find to defend themselves in their struggle, repeatedly disrupting the timetable of the Nazi high command and the German war effort.

乐动体育APPThe last major Polish uprising in August 1944 was to be launched in concert with the liberating Soviet Red Army. But the advancing Red juggernaut suddenly and inexplicably halted. Advised by General Georgi Zhukov, Stalin rejected the appeals of the Western allies to assist the insurgents. For two months the courageous Poles fought the Nazis in heroic, urban warfare without any assistance. Stalin had simply halted the advance of the giant Red Army to allow the Germans to destroy the non-communist freedom fighters: 200,000 Poles perished and 800,000 were deported to the death camps. Warsaw was erased by orders of Adolf Hitler, and the Soviets at the outskirts of the city did nothing.

Dateline: Budapest, Hungary, 1944

During the summer of 1944 in the ongoing carnage of World War II, German troops were retreating on multiple fronts. Hungarian allied troops were defending the motherland from the onslaught of the Soviet Red Army, yet in the midst of the chaos, nearly 500,000 Hungarian Jews were rounded up and deported to the Nazi death camp Auschwitz–Birkenau, where 90% of them were summarily exterminated in the gas chambers. A reign of terror ensued for those who remained in Hungary; thousands of them were tortured, robbed, or murdered; Jewish women were raped; property was looted or confiscated. These atrocities were carried out with a minimum of Nazi troops. How could these atrocities have been carried out with only a minimum of Nazi troops? The Hungarian state had outlawed the possession of firearms for its citizens. Simply put, this happened without resistance because the Hungarian people had been disarmed.

Dateline: Havana, Cuba, 1959

After the triumph of the revolution in 1959, Fidel Castro reneged on his promise to establish democracy in Cuba. Instead he seized authoritarian control. A 100,000-member "militia" was organized to seek out the political opposition and actively disarm it. Castro then disarmed all the Cubans, who were not considered reliable supporters of the revolution that soon turned communist.

The communists and the secret police (the G2)  had a well-drawn blueprint to follow — the local firearm registration lists that the former dictator, Fulgencio Batista, had established. All the communist militia had to do was to seize the registration (licensing) lists and then go door to door searching for and confiscating firearms. The militia tried to disarm my father, a physician, and the episode is recounted in my book Cuba in Revolution: Escape from a Lost Paradise (2002).

Since Fidel Castro took over the island in 1959, the best figures we can glean are that between 30,000 and 40,000 Cubans were either executed by firing squads or died at the hands of their communist jailers. Between 1960-1965, hundreds of anti-communist rebels, many of them former Revolutionary Directorate (RD) members, went back to the hills of the Escambray Mountains in my native Las Villas province to fight the new communist dictatorship of the Castro brothers. The mostly peasant insurgents, who were defending their lands, lacked sufficient America, Guns, and Freedom dust jacketweapons to overcome the well-armed, communist Cuban military forces. Thus, most of these peasant insurgents were annihilated by 1966.

Moreover, between 1960 and 1993, 36,000 Cubans perished at sea trying to escape the Castro brothers' communist inferno. If we include all of those who died escaping the regime, those who were shot or died in custody, the figure well exceeds 100,000. In fact, the late scholar Armando Lago arrived at a death toll of over 105,000 victims directly attributed to the regime of Fidel Castro.

In conclusion

乐动体育APPCivilian disarmament is not only harmful to one’s freedom and potentially deadly to one’s existence, but also counterproductive in achieving safety. During the twentieth century, more than 100 million people were exterminated by their own repressive governments — police states bent on destroying liberty and building communism, socialism, collectivism, and other utopias that turn out to be hells on earth. Some of the deceptive promises made to the people by the authoritarian governments of these “people’s democracies” were eerily similar to the promises the Democrats are making to American voters: Free (higher) education, making the rich pay, free health care ( “Medicare for all”), gun control, etc. 

Governments that trust their citizens with guns are governments that sustain and affirm individual freedom. Governments that do not trust their citizens with firearms tend to be despotic and tyrannical. We Americans should heed history and keep our guns.

Written by Dr. Miguel Faria

Miguel A. Faria, M.D., is Associate Editor in Chief in socioeconomics, politics, medicine, and world affairs of Surgical Neurology International (SNI). This article is excerpted and edited from his newly release book, America, Guns, and Freedom: A Journey Into Politics and the Public Health & Gun Control Movements (2019)

This article may be cited as: Faria MA. Civilian disarmament & tyranny — A historic tale of three cities. kutahyaevdeneve.com, October 16, 2019. Available from: http://kutahyaevdeneve.com/articles/civilian-disarmament-tyranny-%E2%80%94-historic-tale-three-cities-miguel-faria-md

This commentary also appeared on GOPUSA.com on October 14, 2019, and on TTAG and  DRGO on November 14, 2019

Copyright ©2019 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.


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Top 10 allies of the US

乐动体育APP . I disagree with France higher than Germany. Also I disagree with India # 9 (Pakistan is higher) and Spain #10. These two fall behind several other countries, such as Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Philippines, and Norway. Nevertheless it's a good highly arguable list!

Cuba, Venezuela, Rwanda have lessons to be learned!

Bottom line is that we have seen over and over again throughout history what happens when communist and socialist ideas are implemented and it is always starvation and murder and a few oligarchs living in luxury at the top. Read or listen to Among everything else, he details episodes of Christian communism in the middle ages and guess what? It went just like Russia, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Venezuela, and all the rest.

Having seen that there is only one outcome to the ideology being espoused by the left, and it is bad, we would choose to resist tyranny rather than suffer the certain outcome of not resisting, even though our resistance may be inept, inadequate, and possibly doomed to failure. I don’t believe it is. But given the choice, we would rather resist than wish we had later.— The Crimson Pirate (TTAG, Nov 15, 2019)
It takes far more than just willingness to win a war (massed armies or guerrilla style) – which is what you are talking about. There may be many millions who would be willing to engage in such, but the vast majority know nothing about the nuts and bolts of it. Ask some of your friends if they have studied war or participated at a leadership level. Have they bothered to start with the basics established by Sun Tzu for example. Or have they studied only video games and Hollywood movies.— GunnyGene
The author brings up Rwanda ... a few years ago, I was in Uganda (itself an example of a terrible government, but I digress…), and for a few days we were in a fishing village on Lake Victoria near the Tanzania border. There was a monument to the genocide nearby along a river that starts in Rwanda, flows through that corner Tanzania, and empties into Lake Victoria in Uganda. The fishing industry in that part of the country was nearly destroyed because so many hundreds (maybe thousands?) of bodies floated down the river into the lake, that all the tilapia were eating the deceased. And obviously, no one wants to eat fish that just fed on people. The fisherman spent weeks doing nothing but pulling the dead out of the lake. All killed largely by machetes. — Mike H in WA (TTAG, Nov 15, 2019)

Poland, Rape and the Soviets in World War II

乐动体育APPRE. The Pole uprising in WWII, I believe it was called “Operation Tempest”. Started by the British to help the beleaguered poles in Warsaw. Many missions were flown mostly from Italy supplying the resistance Fighters with guns ammunition and food. Air dropping supplies to resistance Fighters all over Europe the British had great experience at. However while the Luftwaffe had been neutralized by American and British air forces the Russians shot at any Allied aircraft that entered their airspace to drop supplies to the Poles. Russia has never been a great Ally. At best the west and the Russians tolerate each other only on certain times. — Chris T in KY


There’s an old saying: “You can trust the Russians, to BE Russian”. It’s one reason the women killed themselves when the Germans left and they heard the Russians were coming. —Victoria Illinois.

The German women were raped in record numbers, the reason the Germans fought to the death on the Eastern front. In a way, it may have being an evil salvation for Germany’s recovery, a country that was depleted of men after the War. When Stalin was told about the rapes, according to Solzhenitsyn, Stalin said that the Soviet heroes needed a respite and were only enjoying themselves after such a war — typical of amoral dictator!—Dr. Miguel A. Faria

That was truly a war of extermination, to use both Hitler and Stalin’s words. The eastern front in WW2 is easily the bloodiest event in all of human history. It was always going to end like that, either the Germans killing off every last Russian or the Russians doing exactly what they did. It quite amazing there’s even any semblance of Russia or Germany left after such a war. And, I’m willing to bet we haven’t seen the last of it between those two.—Merle O

乐动体育APPThere is a superb Polish war film from 1957 about the Warsaw Uprising called Kanal. Andrzej Wajda directed it. Wajda was a resistance fighter during WW2 himself. —The Rookie

乐动体育APPDisarm and be murdered —watch wives and daughters be raped and made sex slaves. Keep your guns and execute all those who attempt such things. God, guns, and guts made America and will sustain it. — Jerry

乐动体育APPI often wonder what happened to my relatives in Poland and Ukraine (Galacia) during WW2. Their fate, and the fate of those unfortunate Jews, Christians, and dissidents is a constant reminder for me how we should fight to keep all of our Rights given to us by God Himself. For me, what happened in Poland is personal and I will not be disarmed. — Gary (TTAG, Nov 15, 2019)

Economic safety or guns and freedom?

The last paragraph is a really big problem.

Apparently, the Second Amendment does not stand on its own bottom, and I can’t just affirm RKBA without swallowing the entire buffet of Wall-Street-Prosperity-Gospel dogma from the RNC.

I believe in the right of the private citizen to keep and bear military-grade firearms. But I also think that nobody should be turned out of a hospital for lack of money, or go bankrupt because of a cancer diagnosis. I also think that Alec Baldwin and Barbara Streisand should pay a higher marginal tax rate that an Uber driver. In this bitterly-polarized two-party country, with no ranked-choice voting or runoff elections to ensure the majority’s actual preferences are registered at the ballot box, that isn’t possible. You either vote your guns or you vote for a human-centered economy. You can’t do both. That’s an ugly choice we are forced to make. Don’t try to dupe me with some rainbow-unicorn story about how the Mercer Family agenda is of a piece with freedom for the common man. —Danny (TTAG, Nov 14, 2019)
This is a nation where the individual rights out weigh the wishes of the majority. My human and civil right to defend myself and own a firearm is greater than the right of 51% of the voters need to ‘feel’ safe. I agree with much of your comments. We are a wealthy nation that can do better to provide for its citizens. But so long as the democrats are determined to trample my individual rights I cannot vote for them. So I vote for #orangemanbad. It’s a choice forced on me by the democratic party being hi jacked by the loonie left.— JWM (TTAG, Nov 14, 2019)
Its either freedom or slavery you choose for yourself. I have— Jerry (TTAG, Nov 14, 2019)
I reject that notion Danny. Because today’s modern democrat party doesn’t stand for you’ve described. 20 years ago, sure. But today’s DNC is full on for socialized healthcare. Which you might be for, which on a purely moral stance I get why. However it’s not physically feasible in the United States. No amount of taxing the rich will accomplish it. Remember, Europe can fund it because Europe no longer funds massive global militaries. We do that for them, for free. The reality is we’re the ones paying for Europe’s socialism. If the US massively reduced its global presence to the point of total isolationism, then maybe* we could pull it off. But then Russia would start invading Europe, China would begin invading all its neighbors, and the Middle East would go nuclear. I get the left wing emotion behind what they want but the math simply doesn’t add up.— Merle O (TTAG, Nov 14, 2019)
乐动体育APP I don’t think it’s morally right to force anyone under the threat of state supplied violence to provide services to anybody. Health care services included. I also don’t believe that successful people should be punished for their success by exorbitant income taxes. Progressives try to trump each other in how much they will steal from the wealthy. And then from not so wealthy. Pocahontas’ proposed wealth tax is straight out of communist textbook and the fact that it is not only proposed by a presidential hopeful, but also taken seriously in this country, makes me sick to my stomach and worried for future of my children.

I have seen what socialism looks like and what it does to people. I know why Democrats push for gun control to render us defenseless. It’s not the love for the poor and oppressed that drives them. It’s the raging hate for the successful and rich. See what they have been doing ever since Trump got elected.— Someone (TTAG, Nov 14, 2019)
“You either vote your guns or you vote for a human-centered economy . . .” There’s no room for moderates in this fight, Danny. And your idea that progressive-fascists are promoting a “human-centered economy” reveals the kind of head-in-the-sand ignorance that I find in most people who claim to be “moderates”. There’s no middle-ground in this fight, Danny. If you can’t run with the big dogs you’d best stay up on the porch with the little dogs. — Garrison Hall (TTAG, Nov 14, 2019)
Count me also as rejecting Danny’s assertion. As for a reply I leave it to the Founders:
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Benjamin Franklin, Pennsylvania Assembly, Reply to the Governor, November 1755, as cited in The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, vol. 6, p. 242.

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” ― Samuel Adams, Speech at the Philadelphia State House, August 1, 1776. —Dr. Miguel A. Faria (TTAG, Nov 15, 2019)

Ignorant of history, Millennials prefer socialism!

"The latest survey by Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation shows that 70% of millennials are likely to vote socialist. Adding insult to injury, only 57% believe the Declaration of Independence “better guarantees freedom and equality” over “The Communist Manifesto.” The worst part of this is that it is real, not a parody piece in 'The Onion.'

"Now do you finally believe that our schools and universities, Hollywood and the liberal media are brainwashing our kids? Are you taking this seriously?

"I’m taking it very seriously, which is why I devoted three of the 16 chapters of my just-released book, “Guilty by Reason of Insanity: Why the Democrats Must Not Win,” to discussing socialism and capitalism. I cite earlier polls showing this same disturbing trend concerning young people’s attitudes toward socialism.

乐动体育APPA 2015 YouGov poll showed that 43% of Americans between 18 and 29 years of age had a favorable opinion of socialism and preferred it to capitalism. Then, in 2015, a Pew poll found that 69% of those under age 30 would be willing to vote for a socialist for president. Further, a Gallup poll revealed that only 45% of Americans ages 18 to 29 have a positive view of capitalism, while 51% have a positive view of socialism. No offense, but it’s like a wave of stupid has washed ashore.— David Limbaugh, GOPUSA, November 1, 2019

Guns, freedom and opinions!

Aristotle on the right to keep and bear arms

"Let us then enumerate the functions of a state, and we shall easily elicit what we want. . . . thirdly, there must be arms, for the members of a community have need of them, and in their own hands, too, in order to maintain authority both against disobedient subjects and against external assailants" (Aristotle, Politics, transl. by Benjamin Jowett, Book 7, ch. VIII).

乐动体育APP"As of oligarchy so of tyranny . . . Both mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms" (Aristotle, Politics, transl. by Benjamin Jowett, Book 5, ch X).

"If opinions were always truthful, everybody would be intelligent." Aristotle (c.350 B.C.) Nichomachean Ethics, Book VI, p.175
So please READ and learn to develop unassailable informed opinions supported by facts as well as logic. If you believe in gun control and the Democrats then you should read Hemenway’s pro-gun control book, Private Guns, Public Health. But If you believe in freedom and want to convince fence sitters to join the cause of freedom and the Second Amendment (the one that supports the others) — then read ours, Dr Faria's America, Guns, and Freedom!

Socialism mis-education in history

At a certain point, we must look at the track record of socialism and progressive liberal ideals, and extrapolate our probable future from past experience and history. Critical thinking demands it. History is full to the top of examples where these ideas have been tried and failed badly. However our institutions of “higher” learning have become nothing more than indoctrination centers for the socialist 'progressives'. Therefore it is incumbent upon us to speak out and try to show the historical truth to those that are taught revisionist history. The actual “definition” of socialism contains not one reference to any 'social program'. It has nothing to do with 'free college', or free anything else. That is just the cheese in the mouse trap. What socialism actually is, is the framework upon which tyrannical governments are built. There is a long history of what such governments have done under socialism. The 'new' socialists hate that we can prove that NAZIs were socialists. The proof is right in the NAZI party name. NAZI in German means, “Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei" or, in English... “National SOCIALIST German Workers' Party.” They called THEMSELVES socialists. The unspeakable acts of the Nazis pale in comparison with the horrors committed by the socialists of the former “Union of Soviet SOCIALIST Republics” (USSR). Between 1917 and 1987, Vladimir Lenin, Josef Stalin and their successors murdered and were otherwise responsible for the deaths of 62 million of their own people. Now, ten years after disarming the Venezuelan citizens “for their own safety”, their 'DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST' government is killing them in the streets. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana. Venezuela is proof of this quote. Do NOT let this happen here.--- Jim Salavim (Facebook on this article).
Excellent summation. I think that parents, conservative parents, need to supplement and in many cases contravene what children have been taught in schools and older adolescents in college. We did that with our own children and are very proud how they have turned out rejecting the progressivism (socialism) garbage that teachers and "feel-good professors" tried to indoctrinate them with.--- MAF

The only thing standing between us and tyranny!

乐动体育APPThis is why the socialist democrats are so obsessed and focused on destroying the constitution. It is the only thing standing between us and the tyranny that they would bestow upon an unarmed America. The constitution does not GRANT rights, it PROTECTS them.

乐动体育APPThe backbone on which the constitution and our freedom rest is of course the 2nd amendment which is why the democrats hate it so much. The 2nd amendment does not grant us the right to keep and bear arms…it denies the government the authority to infringe on that right which along with the rights of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness are in my opinion undeniably God given.

One has to look no further then the above article to understand the consequences and what is at stake if we allow liberals and democrats to chip away at our freedoms or god forbid ever gain the power to implement their socialist agenda.--- America Weeps (GOPUSA)