October 2, 2022

The Parasite Attacks Its Host In Iran

"In the associated volume, Death by Government [1], I described fourteen cases in which since 1900 a regime murdered or is suspected of murdering over 1,000,000 subjects and foreigners. Four of these regimes, the Soviet Union, communist China, Nationalist China, and Nazi Germany, each killed 10,000,000 or more unarmed and helpless men, women, and children.

I also gave some descriptive statistics on these and all 204 other cases of democide (genocide, politicide, massacres, extrajudicial executions, and other forms of mass murder) by state and quasi-state regimes, and non-state groups. These revealed democide's incredible magnitude in this century and well showed the close relationship between the extent of a regime's totalitarian power, or Power in short, and democide. My conclusion was that Power kills, absolute Power kills absolutely." - R.J. Rummel, "Statistics of Democide: Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1900."

"You can repair economies. What's more difficult to repair is foreign policy disasters. I'll give you one example, again from Jimmy Carter. In the 1970s the Shah of Iran needed the help of the United States. Jimmy Carter sat on his hands when the Shah of Iran needed his help. What that did is it paved the way for the Ayatollah Khomeini to leave France, to come into Tehran and completely change the dynamic. That led to the modern rise of terrorism. And thousands of people have been killed because of violent extremism across the world." - Michelle Bachmann from the video below.

Video Title: Death by Government | Michelle Bachmann. Source: OxfordUnion. Date Published: April 9, 2014. Description:

Michele Marie Bachmann was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. She is a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Minnesota's 6th congressional district, a post she has held since 2007. The district includes several of the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities, such as Woodbury, and Blaine as well as Stillwater and St. Cloud. The district has recently expanded. 

At the Oxford Union she talks about the USA's historic failures in foreign policy that have undermined world peace, and her fight against violent extremism.