There's an old story from the Soviet Union that one day Stalin announces that elephants are counterrevolutionaries and are to be shot as enemies of the people. Later that same day, a Soviet border guard sees about a million mice lined up outside his post.
"So what do you want?" He asks the first mouse in line.
"Exit visas" replies the mouse.
"Why do you want exit visas?"
"Because Stalin has ordered the execution of all the elephants in Russia."
"But you're not elephants, you're mice"
"Yeah? Just try telling that to the KGB!"