This month Red Chinese leaders celebrated the 70th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s bloody victory over nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek in 1949.
To mark the occasion, the Chinese government took out multi-page ads in Western newspapers describing the marvels of the regime and boasting about “the tremendous progress made in the country’s transportation network, how the country interacts with the rest of the world and the role China’s regions have played in the country’s growth.”
But what was the price for this so-called progress? Decades of political violence and the execution of tens of millions of innocent people directed by Mao.
As Chinese leaders and their sycophants chant “Eternal life to Mao Zedong! He is our legend, our god — we should worship him,” they obscure the horrendous record of that mass murderer.
Mao lived by the maxim that “Power comes out of the barrel of a gun.” To impose his will on the Chinese people, he adopted Lenin’s approach to governing: by employing terror for the sake of terror.
“A revolution,” Mao declared, “is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined so leisurely and gentle…. A revolution is an uprising, an act of violence.”
The results of Mao’s terrorism: From 1920 to 1976 Mao murdered more people than Hitler and Stalin combined — 70 million Chinese. The “Great Famine” (1958-1961) in which 40 million perished was a direct result of Mao’s farm collectivization policies. To eliminate tens of millions of imagined enemies he ordered the “Great Leap Forward” (1958) and the “Cultural Revolution” (1966-1968) which he privately referred to as the “Great Purge.”
Mao attempted to control every form of social intercourse. Merely having a dinner party or the use of humor or sarcasm could be — and were — deemed criminal activities that warranted the death penalty. And he was proud of these policies: Mao told his fellow gangsters at the 1958 party conference that they should welcome, not fear, party policies that cause people to die.
There were also more than 1,000 slave labor camps and countless detention centers. The "Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression" reported that during Mao’s reign, around 50 million people — mostly political prisoners, passed through the system. It is estimated that about 20 million of them died during imprisonment.
For readers interested in learning more about Mao’s gruesome crimes against humanity, there are now a number of authoritative accounts they can study.
Jung Chang’s definitive biography "The Unknown Story: Mao," is a bombshell of a book that was banned in China. She revealed that Mao did not grow up as an oppressed hard-working peasant dedicated to fighting injustice, but as a loafer and a sexual degenerate who took a job as a Communist International Soviet agent to receive “a comfortable berth as a subsidized professional revolutionary.”
There is also Professor Frank Dikötter’s masterful trilogy, "The Tragedy of Liberation (1945-1957)," "Mao’s Great Famine (1958-1962)," and "The Cultural Revolution (1962-1976)." Dikötter’s works are the most comprehensive studies to date describing the cruelty of Mao’s regime.
Since Mao’s death in 1976, his Communist successors have built the nation’s state-controlled super economy on the graves of Mao’s victims. They have covered up Mao’s record in Orwellian fashion but employ his lawless techniques — lying, cheating, stealing, and oppression — to fuel the economic engine.
And then there are the useful Western idiots (as Lenin called them), who continue to defend communist China’s history and deny its brutal policies.
For instance, Delia Devin’s review of Chang’s "Mao" was summarized thusly in The Week: “Mao was murderous, it’s true. But because this book never stops to consider how millions of lives were actually improved by his reign, nor credits the widely worshipped leader with being anything more than ‘an incompetent maniac,’ the portrait it conjures is simply ‘not a believable picture.’”
Imagine if someone wrote a bio of Hitler and said he was murderous but improved the lives of millions of Germans. The author would be run out of town on a rail.
Then there was a Thomas Friedman column in The New York Times that described the totalitarian regime as enlightened: “One party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the twenty-first century.
Most Chinese, particularly those living in Hong Kong, would reject Friedman’s description of one-party autocracy. Under President Xi Jinping, the few precious freedoms people possessed have been curtailed and his police state has imposed a more “brutal form of rule.”
Mr. Xi has proven once again, that one can always trust Communists to be ruthless, brutal Communists.
George J. Marlin, a former executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is the author of "The American Catholic Voter: Two Hundred Years of Political Impact," and "Christian Persecutions in the Middle East: A 21st Century Tragedy." He is chairman of Aid to the Church in Need-USA. Mr. Marlin also writes for TheCatholicThing.org and the Long Island Business News. To read more George J. Marlin — Click Here Now.
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