I'll just shoot straight here... no facetiousness, sarcasm, rhetoricals, etc.
Are you of the opinion that "godless communism" can be pinned on "atheism?" And specifically within the confines of this thread, do you believe that any deaths that we might count as victims of "godless communism" can be also attributed to "atheism?"
Not other than that commies tend to be or claim atheism.
So a soldier choosing to fight for communism is at least
in some degree fighting for freedom from religious oppression.
In that small degree I could find common cause with them.
But then I have not experienced religious oppression.
I have family members who were displaced, and
far worse, by Mao. I've no enthusiasm for communism
or Imperialism-my family has suffered under both.