Monday, September 20, 2010

Mao's 'Great Leap Forward' Killed at Least 45 Million People in Four Years

I have said before that Mao is responsible for so many deaths that the range between the high and low estimate would be enough to put him toward the top of the list of all time mass murders. This is the man that some people in the Obama administration admire. Communism does not work. Centralized control of the economy does not work. It leads to shortages, and all to often those shortages include food. That translates into starvation and in China's case during the 'Great Leap Forward' under Mao that turn into death on a scale that that the word biblical would not do justice. We are talking 45 Million People; let that sink in, 45,000,000 people in just four years!

"Mao Zedong, founder of the People's Republic of China, qualifies as the greatest mass murderer in world history, an expert who had unprecedented access to official Communist Party archives said yesterday.

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
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.

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