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Letter: Murderous movements in the past started small

Murderous movements in the past started small

In her Dec. 27 Viewpoints article, Nadia Shahram cites Hitler’s actions as a “notable example” of catastrophic mass murder. While the Nazis’ actions under Hitler were indeed reprehensible beyond understanding, with somewhere around 20 millions deaths to his discredit, he stands in third place behind China’s Chairman Mao, with as many as 65 million, and the Soviet Union’s 40 million or so under Stalin. These facts should not have been ignored. ISIS may be the “JV” team, but each of the three murderous movements mentioned here started out very small.

Larry Johnson

Holland