Please review the history of communism and why the Vietnamese fled VN.
SassyViet, I was asking SomeAsianDude about his POV on communism in Russia, not Vietnam. Don't you jump to conclusions too quick. I neither like nor dislike communism, but I'd like to think I have a Soviet heart. If you know the history of communism and why the Vietnamese fled the country, then do share about it, don't insisting on your pre-conceived notion that I should know/learn about it ---as if you're some kind of teacher. I know what I know, and I don't know what I don't know.
History is a fantasy, mostly make-believed, if one doesn't know that, one doesn't know anything.
Ah, but the difference is that you started making statements within your opinions, and that is where you went wrong.
The Russians seemed smart, unlike the Americans. They're always prepared for battle it seems. Every nation that comes into great power seems to want to invade Russia. Even Kruchev and Putin wouldn't let the US dominate their country.
Those are statements. Statements that you haven't, and for the first one, cannot back up. How are you measuring the intelligence of entire peoples? How can you prove that the Russian people had any choice in the way they were being led? You are right that we cannot say definitively if Communism was good or bad for Russia, because for all we know, some Russians, or citizens of the former Soviet states could perceive it to have improved their way of life. But at what price were those improvements, under Stalin, achieved? You believe that they were/are great at governing their own people, then what of Stalin's purges, the show trials, the collectivization, the gulags,the assasinations, the famous photo manipulation that removed Nikolai Yezhov after his execution (the man who HELPED Stalin carry out the Great Purge)? Countless, extensively researched books and papers have documented his ruthlessness towards the people of the U.S.S.R. A great influence surely, but a great leader offering "better" governance over his people?
Here I'll give you an inkling of Stalin's deeds, I just read this book: http://books.google....tsec=frontcover You don't even need to agree with the book (I personally do not agree with the author's judgement of Hirohito), but even the smallest effort taken into researching Stalinist Russia will come up with similar results on his brutality towards his political opponents and the Russian people. Take your pick of his victims, including those POWs, who after fighting to protect their country and enduring hell in Hitler's concentration camps, were branded traitors and sent to gulags, Stalin's labour camps.
History is based on evidence, not opinion, and you have provided no evidence to support your statements, so telling SomeAsianDude to prove that he "knows history" better than you do, really doesn't help your argument.
Thanks for the enlightenment, this is not world history class, therefore, you're entitled to your own facts, opinions, words,etc. ---and I'm entitled to mine. If you're the book-worm type, suit yourself. Again, I know what I know, and I don't know what I don't know.