The Soviet dictatorship fell in 1991 like a house of cards. A breath of fresh air was needed in China, and there “physical and mental exercises,” named Falun Gong were created, winning the author several awards from the Chinese government.
An inhabitant of a country of Marxism-Leninism must be in the best of health physically and spiritually. “Physculture” (“physical culture”) was introduced in Stalin’s Russia in the 1930s. In 1994, Falun Gong was being taught at the Chinese consulate in New York as part of the Chinese Communist Party’s “cultural propaganda” in the West “along with Chinese silk and cooking,” as was reported by “Late Night Live National Australia.”
A 1999 figure “from the Chinese government” suggested that there were 70 million Falun Gong practitioners in China. Hip-hip hooray! Glory to the Chinese Communist Party! But on July 20, 1999, as the epoch of Yeltsin in Russia was over and the epoch of Putin began, the China dictatorship did what neither Stalin nor his successors did: It banned the Chinese “physculture.” What followed, neither Stalin, nor Hitler, nor any other dictator of the 20th century ever imagined: the persecution of “physculture”—or call it private gymnastics, personal sport exercises, all calisthenics (which comes from the word “beautiful”), practiced privately.
Before this persecution in China of “physculture,” I was sure that nothing worse happened in “Communist China” than did in Stalin’s Russia. But when I heard that those practicing a forbidden kind of “physculture” in China are punished by being tortured to death, I have realized that the dictatorship of China in the 2000s is more inhuman than Stalin ever was.
In Stalin’s Russia, torture was used by investigators in political cases, to make suspects confess that, for example, they had said that Stalin was too credulous when he did not expect Hitler’s invasion of Russia contrary to the Soviet-German peace treaty.
All Soviet propaganda references to Hitler’s attack called it “perfidious” (literally, in Russian, “faith-breaking”). Yet it was a crime to accuse Stalin of credulity. So the suspect was tortured until he confessed that yes, he did say that Stalin was too credulous with respect to Hitler.
That is, the use of torture was inquisitional, not punitive. Now, in China, the torture is punitive — it is a punishment for a forbidden kind of private “physculture”!
Medicine has been engaged in organ transplantations, and the holocaust of Falun Gong practitioners was a lucrative “government business” with prices ranging from $30,000 to $180,000 for a human organ.
When Hu Jintao, the chief dictator of China, came to the United States and met with President Bush (April 20, 2006), it was reported that a certain mischievous girl (a citizen of the United States) shouted at Hu, demanding to stop the torture to death for physical exercises and stop the “harvesting” of the victims’ organs.
In Hitler’s Germany, Jews were gassed. The dictatorship of China has moved to a new degree of cruelty — torturing to death as a means of extermination. What if Hitler had followed suit? Imagine that Hitler came to the White House to shake hands with Roosevelt, but a certain mischievous girl shouted to Hitler to stop torturing Jews to death.
The mischievous girl would have become a heroine in the United States. But in the United States on April 20, 2006, Wenyi Wang was arrested and charged as a criminal. Of course! Hu, the chief dictator of China, and President Bush talked peace and friendship between the United States and China, and here some mischievous girl demands that the torture to death in China for no crime be stopped!
Incidentally, Dr. Wenyi Wang is not quite a mischievous girl; she is a 47-year-old mother of two. In China she was a physician, and in the United States she holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Chicago, and recently completed her residency as a pathologist at Mount Sinai Hospital.
She also worked in 2006 as a medical reporter for the Chinese dissident newspaper “The Epoch Times,” (published in the United States, and it is as a reporter that she managed to gain access to the White House lawn press confabulation of Hu Jintao and George W. Bush, to preserve Sino-American peace, friendship, and trade [for example, in the “harvested” organs of those tortured to death for physical exercises?]).
Of course, there are Americans who believe that they should be concerned with Americans only.
As for the Chinese, let them torture one another to death! Yet there are wars, and before 1939 some Westerners outside Germany believed that they should not be concerned with the destiny of those who resided in Hitler’s Germany. But Hitler’s Germany came to these Westerners — in France, for example.
On June 21, 2006, the U.S. court in Washington, D.C., dropped all charges against Dr. Wang. I hope that her one-person public protest in the White House on April 20, 2006, will be recalled in marble and bronze. But at any rate, let us recall it in 2008 in this column, for neither President Bush, nor any presidential candidate as of today, has said a word about the torturing to death in China as punishment for no crime.
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