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An American 'Fellow-Traveler' of Chinese Dictatorship

Thursday, 25 August 2005 12:00 AM

It was authored not by a top member of the Chinese Communist Party, but by Joseph Bosco, introduced by the People's Daily as a "widely published American nonfiction book writer, novelist, poet, and veteran journalist."

As far as his income in China is concerned, the dictators of China pay Bosco as a professor of a Chinese university and probably for his articles in their People's Daily.

On April 30, 2005, the People's Daily carried his photograph in front of the tombstone of Mao, and his four-paragraph text entitled: "I and Mao, Sort of ..."

There is not a hint that Mao was a Chinese Stalin or Hitler and probably destroyed more civilians than did both of them (70 million, according to Jung Chang's and Jon Halliday's latest biography of Mao). But there is a moving story about how a professor at Peking University got Mao a job at the university library, and Mao "fell in love with his [?] professor's beautiful daughter."

Bosco is near tears: "I will forever treasure this photograph for any number of mostly illogical reasons." It is illogical that Bosco does not love Stalin (or Hitler), is cool to the United States or any other democratic country, but has a warm corner in his heart for Mao even after the Chinese successors of Mao and the Soviet dictators repudiated Mao's "cultural revolution" of 1966–1976 as free-for-all denouncements of "counter-revolutionaries" and their summary or "revolutionary" execution. To change the terminology, it can be said that "Mao's cultural revolution" was a national mass lynching party. As FrontpageMag described it on 03/21/05:

The purge was aimed at party and state officials and also intellectuals whom Mao regarded as following the wrong party line. He incited the infamous "Red Guards," among whom there were many students to attack the Party establishment. Officials and professors were sacked from their positions, hauled out of their classrooms and offices, beaten to death on the way out, thrown into prisons, put before firing squads and simply disappeared for having politically incorrect ideas.

Mao brought Stalin's and Hitler's secret atrocities of their secret police into an open massacre, in which only Mao himself was safe.

In 1973 David Caute published a 407-page study, "The Fellow-Travellers." These were about 60 internationally famous Western writers and public figures like Eleanor Roosevelt who were not card-bearing Communists, yet were admirers of Stalin and his slave state. After his death, Stalin was "exposed" by Khrushchev, and his busts and pictures, disappeared from public view. But Mao still exists in the Chinese Communist pantheon and is admired (or worshiped?) by Bosco in 2005 in the People's Daily.

There is nothing strange about the Stalinist "fellow travelers" or about the American "fellow traveler" Bosco. In the 19th century "the West" was perceived by many Westerners such as Kipling as a superior race vs. "the East," and "ne'er the twain shall meet." But in 1933 Hitler's "party" established a very "Eastern" tyranny as it had received a plurality of votes in the Reichstag because under the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was virtually defenseless against Stalin's invasion and hence his extermination of the German middle class, which Goebbels demonstrated using Soviet newsreels. Imagine the United Stats virtually defenseless against Stalin's invasion. An American Hitler would have received a majority of votes. A Chinese dictator, promising inviolability to the American middle class in his American colony, may also prove to be such a Hitler for many middle-class Americans.

Bosco's article in the Chinese Pravda (eight standard pages of computer type, 14-point , tightly spaced) is actually entitled "The Greatness of China Lies in China (a Rebuttal)."

An American, who is the namesake of Joseph Bosco, has published (in "major American magazines") "strangely anachronistic, Cold War rhetoric assessments of today's China," which the Chinese dictators' fellow traveler Joseph Bosco felt in duty bound to rebut as monstrous slander.

To begin with, these anachronistic assessments — of Mao for example — "should not so often be done from a national glass house so full itself of shameless spirits and their truly shameful legacies." Thus, the "sitting president's grandfather, Prescott Bush" dealt as a banker with Nazi Germany. "(A scandalous statement? Yes, but true. Look it up.)"

Well, Prescott Bush did not have a "permalink" with Voelkischer Beobachter, nor was he made a professor in Nazi Germany. As for his financial dealings with the dictatorship of Germany, millions of Americans benefit financially the dictatorship of China. As Churchill put it, "democracy is the worst form of government—except all others." Yes, the United States has the worst form of government except, for example, that one that China had for millennia, and on one occasion five million out of the population of forty million were buried alive. (A scandalous statement? Yes, but true. Look it up!)

Then the "fellow-traveler Bosco" states that "the other Mr. Bosco attacks China for not yet evolving into a multiparty democracy." A full page follows to excuse and eulogize the dictatorship of China.

Thus, only an all-powerful central government could have brought a united China into the modern world as a sovereign state after a century or more of humiliation, occupation, splintering and cultural colonization by every Western power—plus Japan—that had a gunboat or two. The alternative [Kwomintang], which the U.S. was financing prior to the Japanese invasion—and again after its defeat—would have been a nightmare beyond imagination: the largest totalitarian military dictatorship of the far right in the history of the world.

Note that Bosco calls the dictatorship of China "an all-powerful central government" and the Kuomintang "a nightmare beyond imagination: the largest [!] totalitarian [!] military [!] dictatorship [!] of the far right [!] in the history of the world." So the dictatorship of China is on the left? "The chance for true [!] democracy was lost when the Western powers chose to demonize peasant and worker movements... ." Hip-hip hurrah for left-wing peasant and worker movements!

But "the Communist Party of China" (not any "Western power") has replaced the European version of Marxism-Leninism with an officially sanctioned idiom that its people have understood since before the birth of Western culture: "It is glorious to get rich!" And golly damn they are going at it with a singleness of purpose that should warm the hearts of capitalists everywhere. And it is—because most if not all of them are falling all over themselves in the rush to set-up shop in China.

Note that the Chinese understood capitalism before the birth of Western culture. Back to the China when five out of forty million Chinese were buried alive.

China is always great, as was Stalin's Russia of the fellow travelers. When the capitalists were shot in Russia from 1917 to 1921, the fellow-travelers were delighted. When capitalism was re-introduced in Russia in 1922, they were delighted again. When it was abolished by Stalin, and the capitalists were shot again, what can be better? When Stalin began to compare himself to the two (actually medieval) Russian czars, Ivan the Terrible and Peter I, this also attested to Stalin's genius and his Russia's greatness.

On the other hand, for the Nazi fellow-travelers like Lloyd George (a Liberal), the flourishing of Capitalism in Nazi Germany pointed to Hitler's wisdom as against Stalin's madness.

Says Bosco:

"To truly appreciate the accomplishments of China since Deng started reinventing Chinese socialism, all we have to do is look northward to Russia. I was working in Moscow as a journalist in the years after the fall of the Soviet Union; it was—and in many says, still is—lawless chaos that was both frightening and heart-wrenching."

Stalin and Hitler, whose motto was "order," regarded the United States as lawless chaos—a gangland. Remember how orderly was Stalin's deportation to labor camps of ten million prosperous farmers or Hitler's gassing of six million Jews?

But instead of generalities like lawless chaos versus order, I want to take one specific point: freedom of the press and public expression. Says Bosco:

"As to the general charges of Human Rights abuses [in China], and heavy-handed government control? Of the latter, I can report that I am free to lecture in my classes on any subject I wish—and I do."

Every dictatorship has the unabridged freedom of the press and public expression for pure, impeccable, totalitarian propaganda of this dictatorship. But there are exceptions. Bosco cannot say ANYTHING about the "Tiananmen Square event."

The irony is that not only does China have censorship, but it is no more concealed than, for example, street traffic regulations. On 8/14/05 the People's Daily carried a five-page article by Professor Wenzhao Tao on how censorship works. We learn that the "Tiananmen Square issues and Falugong" are "forbidden topics": "even official points are forbidden to post on these matters." Unless the dictator himself deigns to say that, for example, the Tiananmen massacre was necessary and correct.

When Bosco was working as a journalist in post-1991 Russia, which he curses now as lawless chaos, I began, while living in New York, to publish my articles in the major periodicals of Russia. In contrast to Bosco, I write what no dictator is pleased to read. But all articles of mine were published as the periodicals received them. When Putin (a budding dictator?) came to power, my publishing in Russia stopped: freedom of the press was no longer unabridged in Russia.

As for China, Chinese dissidents translate my columns into Chinese and publish them in their dissident periodicals (see Yahoo! and Google).

For Bosco, dissidents in China (such as those who gathered in Tiananmen Square and were crushed in 1989) cannot exist in principle. As in Stalin's Russia, the entire population of China is happy, especially since it is now trying to get rich. For the same reason, 58,000 "protest demonstrations" in China in 2004 are equally nonexistent: here Bosco is more propagandistic than the official propaganda that has disclosed the above figure.

Contrary to Bosco's denial of all discontent and dissidence in China, like every giant dictatorship, the dictatorship of China is vulnerable from within, and hence it is seeking world domination by means of post-nuclear superweapons.

It has to be admitted that in his infinite zeal to please the dictators, Bosco reveals in one case a bit of truth. To demonstrate the dictators' wise love of peace, he describes how patiently they have been avoiding any military conflict with the United States over Taiwan, whose population the dictators want to make as happy as the population of mainland China.

To enter a military conflict with the United States over Taiwan would be for the dictator of China a mistake as grave as Hitler's seizure of "the rump of Czechoslovakia" in 1939 or even his declaration of war on the United States in 1941.

The Chinese dictators' geostrategy is friendship with the United States for the "peaceful" development in China of post-nuclear superweapons, able to destroy the U.S. means of (nuclear) retaliation, and thus to win the war without any war (by "the assassin's mace," to use the old Chinese military term).

The Chinese war with the United States over Taiwan may wake up the United States!

To sum up Bosco's article in the People's Daily about the "greatness of China," China has always been and always will be great: when Chinese were buried alive in the Middle Kingdom, and when an open massacre went on under Mao, and when capitalism was abolished, and when it became glorious to be rich. Imagine how great China would be if it dominated the world, with the United States as its slave colony and every American alive behaving like Bosco, or not being alive.


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