This month, two commemorative dates lead “Americans and all freedom-loving people to remind ourselves about the mortal danger of the ideology of Marx, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao,” noted author Marion Smith on The Hill.

The executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C., speaks out about two crucial moments for nations’ freedom from communism.

One of them was on Aug. 25, 1920, when Vladimir Lenin suffered defeat in Poland at the “Battle of Warsaw.” Ending his campaign of invading Europe. It was called “The Miracle of the Vistula.”

The other was on Aug. 23, 1939, when the totalitarian regimes of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by which Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler curtailed Poland’s freedom by dividing it between themselves.

“Communism is fundamentally expansionist, seeking to swallow up its neighbors and snuff out democracy, its mortal enemy,” Smith said.

He also describes some of Nazism and communism’s common features, highlighting that “both were profoundly tyrannical, both perpetrated mass murder, both despised democracy, and both were guilty of colluding to start the deadliest war in human history,” referring here to World War II.

On the other hand, although those dates were 80 to 100 years ago, the threat of communism is still present and on a much larger scale.

At this time the Communist Party of China (CCP), has become a challenge to the freedom of many countries as well as Chinese people, given the numerous abuses it has generated, and which demonstrate its expansionist intention.

On the one hand, the CCP has affected the South China Sea region, compromising the territoriality of Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei.

It has also had armed confrontations with India, in the northern region identified with Ladakh. It violated the international treaty that protected the autonomy of Hong Kong, obtained by this great city as a former British colony.

It also seriously threatens Taiwan and maintains territorial conflicts with countries bordering Tibet, which it invaded in the 1950s.

Another sign of the CCP’s expansionism is the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which covers 18 countries with hundreds of signed agreements on energy, transport, and infrastructure projects.

Now, the growing friction with the United States seems to be bringing the CCP to a turning point, because the sanctions imposed by the United States are pointing out the limits of democracy.