If you’re not exhausted from the 2013th birthday of the little baby you-know-who, perhaps you’d like to raise a glass of, I don’t know, Alka-Seltzer on the dirthday (typo, but I’m keeping it) of another person whose words and deeds affected the lives of billions, however adversely:
Celebrations are being held in China to commemorate the 120th birthday of Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China.
Members of the Politburo Standing Committee including Mr Xi and Mr Li all visited Mao’s mausoleum on Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
However, there was no mention of Mao’s birthday on the front page of the party’s official paper.
Although in a commentary in later pages, the paper praised him as a “great patriot and hero”, it also carried an editorial piece saying the “best commemoration” of Mao would be to keep advancing economic reforms that were launched by his successor.
Correspondents say Chinese politicians have to balance their praise of Mao, to whom they owe their political legitimacy, with an appreciation that some of his policies had disastrous consequences.
Millions died during the Great Leap Forward, when Mao’s attempts to collectivise farms coincided with a massive drought.
And many intellectuals, older people and middle class people were purged or killed during Cultural Revolution.
Please join me in expressing to our Chinese friends… UTTER DISGUST at their celebration of the birth of the greatest genocidal monster in the history of the Solar System (with the possible exception of an asteroid or the Yellowstone caldera). You people are sick [bleeps]. Why didn’t you start your stupid one child policy before he was born? Your country and the world would have been immeasurably better off. Hock—ptui!
Since the start of the reform period in 1978, leaders have paid respect to Mao’s achievements but moved away from most of his policies.
Mao’s “achievements”? His “policies”? What’s the difference if one is shot in the back of the head by a policy or slowly starved to death by an achievement?
I assert (without reference) that Mao was responsible for more civilian (i.e. non-war) deaths than Hitler and Stalin combined. (And I’ll throw in Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Saddam Hussein, William Calley, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Ted Kennedy!) Yet we don’t see state observances of their births. Well, not Hitler’s. Well, not outside of the Palestinian occupation.
I repeat: you people are sick [bleeps] (in a world rather richly populated with sick [bleeps]).
China and South Korea have condemned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for visiting a shrine that honours war dead including convicted war criminals.
Seoul said it was furious with the “deplorable” act, and Beijing labelled the visit “absolutely unacceptable” and summoned Japan’s ambassador.
You just blew out 120 candles on the birthday (dirthday) cake of a Reaper more Grim than anything the Japanese could muster in their most perverse dreams (and they are indeed a “cruel race”, as termed by Bridget Jones’s mum). Yet you dare to say the honoring of convicted war criminals is “absolutely unacceptable”? They’re Mother-[bleeping]-Teresa compared to your Birthday Boy. I’m going to have to stop here because I need to use the loo. You can bet I’ll be thinking of Mao while I do.