I disagree here, too. Both sides certainly did awful things to client states during the Cold War, but you are implicitly equating the morality of liberal democracy and capitalism with authoritarian communism. They are not morally equivalent. Communism, fascism, National Socialism, Juche, whatever are both inefficient AND wrong. If we learned nothing else from the 20th-Century, we know that much. It's awful that so many lives were lost on both side trying to prove it, but we can't pretend as if everything was just one maniac bloodletting with no ideas and principles involved.And nor am I excusing Soviet behavior, It is not a competition. I'm really not interested in determining which countries had it "worse" considering nearly all of the western/eastern satellite states had it very bad; I'd say it's a fairly irrelevant discussion. The West is not the guiding moral light of the world, in the same way the East is not a barbarian hoard chomping at the bit to destroy all our morally perfect western domains. Both sides acted completely unethical in many situations, and both were no worse, or better than each other... and still are to this day.