Sunday, August 07, 2005

Mao Zedong: Sacred symbol and bloodiest mass killer

Every morning, as many as 20,000 people flock to Tiananmen Square to join the vast queues of pilgrims, often stretching a kilometre long, at the entrance to the tomb of Mao Zedong. Almost 30 years after his death, Mao remains the sacred symbol that China dare not touch. His massive portrait still looms above the entrance to the Forbidden City. His face is on every banknote in the country. Yet while he continues to be worshipped in China, a shocking new book has concluded that Mao was the bloodiest mass murderer in history, a sadistic thug who enjoyed torture and was willing to sacrifice half of China's population for his dream of global domination. The book estimates that Mao caused the deaths of 70 million people in peacetime, making him a far worse killer than Hitler or Stalin. It portrays him as a sociopath who loved killing and allowed millions of peasants to starve to death while he exported food to pay for his nuclear weapons; a man whose legendary achievements in the Long March were an invention; a man who turned China into a cultural desert of misery and violence, while maintaining dozens of luxury villas and a troupe of female sexual partners. China's rulers have acknowledged that Mao made some "serious mistakes," but only "in his old age." And they continue to praise him lavishly, decades after his death.

4 Comments:

At August 07, 2005 10:56 PM, Blogger sissyblue said...

Poor old Mao doesn't warrant any debate?? Hee, hee,,,, He's a "has been" on the trash heap of history I guess...

 
At August 08, 2005 1:16 AM, Blogger Don Miguel said...

"The new biography, however, paints Mao as bloodthirsty tyrant who was never interested in Marxism or helping China's impoverished peasants, but was obsessed only with personal power and military dominance."

He was also obsessed with deflowering young girls.

 
At August 08, 2005 7:32 AM, Blogger ik said...

Also check out

Stalin, the ghost who haunts China
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2092-1705789,00.html

 
At August 08, 2005 10:08 PM, Blogger the adventuress said...

So Mao the warlord and dictator becomes an icon worshipped by milions -- hmm, remind you of someone else in history?

 

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