Tuesday, September 21, 2010

For This They Light the Empire State Building


According to Amazon.com, a book that is about to be released on September 28th provides evidence that the regime of Mao Tse Tung in China was responsible for the deaths of 45 million Chinese citizens during a four year period.  Think about that..  45 MILLION PEOPLE.  The book by Frank Dikotter, is entitled Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962.

Arifa Akbar of the UK Independent reports:
Speaking at The Independent Woodstock Literary Festival, Frank Dikötter, a Hong Kong-based historian, said he found that during the time that Mao was enforcing the Great Leap Forward in 1958, in an effort to catch up with the economy of the Western world, he was responsible for overseeing "one of the worst catastrophes the world has ever known".
Mr Dikötter, who has been studying Chinese rural history from 1958 to 1962, when the nation was facing a famine, compared the systematic torture, brutality, starvation and killing of Chinese peasants to the Second World War in its magnitude. At least 45 million people were worked, starved or beaten to death in China over these four years; the worldwide death toll of the Second World War was 55 million.
 Mr. Dikotter's research involved going through the actual Chinese archives which were reopened four years ago.  Interestingly, he is reported to be the only historian so far who has done so.  His research revealed the following:
 State retribution for tiny thefts, such as stealing a potato, even by a child, would include being tied up and thrown into a pond; parents were forced to bury their children alive or were doused in excrement and urine, others were set alight, or had a nose or ear cut off. One record shows how a man was branded with hot metal. People were forced to work naked in the middle of winter; 80 per cent of all the villagers in one region of a quarter of a million Chinese were banned from the official canteen because they were too old or ill to be effective workers, so were deliberately starved to death.
  So, let's think about this.  Lighting up the Empire State Building to honor Mother Teresa: bad.  Lighting up the Empire State Building to honor the communist Chinese revolution:  good.  Someone at Malkin properties needs to read this book.

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