Lessons learned

Someone I respect and admire recently took a trip to the NKVD/Gestapo/KGB museum and came away from there with some valuable insights that essentially constitute lessons learned - hense the title of this post.

Here's just ONE of the points that really resonated with me.

3) The Bad People will have lots of help from your neighbors: The most disturbing moment for me in the KGB museum was not in the execution or interrogation/torture cells. It was realizing, while moving through the excellent exhibits on the mass deportations of Lithuanians after "liberation" by the Soviets in 1944, that most of the deportees (many of whom were subsequently executed or starved or died of exposure and disease) had been betrayed to the NKVD/KGB by their neighbors.

Go read it all, and in the process, work to expunge the false notion from your mind that it can't happen here!

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