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China’s Horrible Great Leap Forward

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 7, 2011


The following is a sad story from this site. The man talks about the horrible acts of desperate parents who lived in China during the famine plagued ‘Great Leap Forward’.
From here
I could see the worried faces of the families as they chewed the flesh of other people’s children. The children who were chasing butterflies in a nearby field seemed to be the reincarnation of the children devoured by their par ents. I felt sorry for the children, but not as sorry as I felt for their parents. What had made them swallow that human flesh, amidst the tears and grief of other parents-flesh that they would never have imag ined tasting, even in their worst nightmares? In that moment I under stood what a butcher he had been, the man “whose like humanity has not seen in several centuries, and China not in several thousand years”:” Mao Zedong. Mao Zedong and his henchmen, with their criminal political system, had driven parents mad with hunger and led them to hand their own children over to others, and to receive the flesh of others to appease their own hunger. Mao Zedong to wash away the crime that he had committed in assassinating democracy (an allusion to the Hundred Flowers trap], had launched the Great Leap Forward, and obliged thou sands and thousands of peasants dazed by hunger to kill one another with hoes, and to save their own lives thanks to the flesh and blood of their childhood companions. They were not the real killers; the real killers were Mao Zedong and his companions. At last I understood where Peng Dehuai had found the strength to attack the Central Com mittee of the Party led by Mao, and at last I understood why the peas ants loathed Communism so much, and why they had never allowed anyone to attack the policies of Liu Shaoqi, “three freedoms and one guarantee.” For the good and simple reason that they had no intention of ever having to eat their own flesh and blood again, or of killing their companions to eat them in a moment of instinctual madness. That reason was far more important than any ideological consideration.

2 Responses to “China’s Horrible Great Leap Forward”

  1. gowron said

    I’d say what I would like happen to Grandbaby Mao, but you’re in China still.. Just say it involves a beach surf boards, apple, stuffing, a Pig BBQ, and some Doritos and lots of booze and beach babes.

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