Leon Trotsky copied the symbol after he noticed a green star on the lapel of Nikolai Krylenko, who was an Esperantist. Admiring its internationalist symbolism, Trotsky made a red star the symbol of the Red Army. Red is the color of communism because all human beings - men, women, black, white, rich, poor - have red blood. It also symbolizes the blood shed in the ancient struggle to liberate all oppressed peasants and workers.
2) A cheap 112-proof Chinese rum distilled from sorghum, popular among Beijing workers. It is available in the US for about $10 a bottle at your local Chinese supermarket. Beware, it has high levels of ethanol (paint thinner).
2) Damn, that red star burns.