The Coronavirus – Another Milestone For a Communist Gulag

Brought to you by the mass murderers who spawned the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution and Tiananmen Square.

Wuhan is nothing new for a regime that’s been sacrificing innocents to its demented ideology for over 70 years. Politically, nothing has changed since the People’s Republic of China was proclaimed on October 1, 1949.

The PRC is still a totalitarian state where dissent is brutally crushed, the Party is all-powerful and human life is cheap.

Less than a year after the PRC was established, Mao sent his “volunteer” army of 3 million across the Yalu River to intervene in the Korean War, prolonging the conflict by almost three years and resulting in tens of thousands of Chinese, American and Korean casualties.

Then came the Great Leap Forward (1958 to 1962) in which 45 million died in a famine caused by Mao’s insane ambition to match Britain in iron and steel production, and setting fantastic targets for agricultural output. Much of the latter was used to repay debts to the Soviet Union or donated to Third World countries to buy influence.

The countryside was stripped of grain and peasants left to starve. It’s estimated that 2.5 million who objected to this folly or dragged their feet were summarily executed or tortured to death. To this day, the Communist Party will allow only muted criticism of Mao’s role in shaping the catastrophe.

Fast on the heels of the Great Leap Forward came the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966 to 1976) – everything’s great in Communist China. When Mao determined that there was insufficient ideological purity in the Middle Kingdom, students and workers were unleashed against intellectuals, teachers and party functionaries who had erred in applying the thoughts of Chairman Mao.

As punishment, 20 million were sent to the country to work in the fields. Many starved to death. Another one and a half million were murdered or driven to suicide. Nationwide, two hundred million suffered from malnutrition and China’s economy was left in ruins.

Moving right along, in 1989, following the death of a popular reformist leader and reacting to widespread corruption, students held protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square which came to be known in China as the ’89 Democracy Movement. It went on from April 15 to June 4

This was the most direct challenge to the Party’s rule since the PRC’s founding. As such, it was brutally suppressed with assault rifles and tanks. Large parts of Beijing were occupied. Estimates of the death toll, as demonstrators were crushed under the treads of tanks, range from several hundred to several thousand.

Like the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, the Party will not allow a discussion of its role here.

The foregoing should inform our discussion of China’s criminal mishandling of the Coronavirus. The cast of characters changes. Tactics are modified — first reform, then repression. But the pandemic is just another milestone on a road China has been on since 1949.

It was all so predictable.

Last December, there was an outbreak of a new virus in Wuhan. The origin is believed to be either a filthy wet market (where animals are slaughtered as well as sold) or a bio-weapons lab.

Neglect or negligence — either way, it was the regime’s fault. But the Party never admits mistakes, so the initial reaction was denial and coverup.  Local physicians who first warned of the new contagion were arrested and forced to recant. Precious weeks were lost through stonewalling and keeping out foreign researchers.

The French say the more things change, the more they remain the same. China under communism is the perfect illustration of that axiom.


Originally published at Front Page Mag.
Photo: On September 12, 1966, Li Fanwu, governor of Heilongjiang Province, was shaved and tortured by the Red Guards because he was regarded as having opportunistic ambitions due to his similar appearance to Chairman Mao.

By |2020-09-07T22:30:06+10:00April 13th, 2020|Authors, Leadership, Safety & Security, World|4 Comments

About the Author:

Don Feder was a Boston Herald editorial writer and syndicated columnist from June 1983 to June 2002. For 19 years, his twice-weekly column appeared in the Herald, New England’s second largest newspaper. On February 28, 2002, the paper published his 2,000th column.

Feder’s column was syndicated and carried by more than 40 newspapers and e-magazines nationwide.

His writings have also appeared in USA TODAY, The Washington Times, The Weekly Standard, National Review, American Enterprise, Front Page Magazine, Human Events, American Thinker and GrassTopsUSA. Feder has traveled extensively in Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

He is the 1998 recipient of the International Communications Award of the Republic of China on Taiwan.

Feder is also the recipient of the 1984 Distinguished Editorial Journalism Award from The Conservative Caucus of America, the 2002 Warren T. Brooks Award from Massachusetts Citizens for Limited Taxation, the Princeton Ivy Leaguers for Freedom Award in October 1999, the Second Amendment Foundation’s 1985 James Madison Award, The World Congress of Families’ 2016 Family And Truth Award and the First Place Prize in the Amy Foundation’s Writing Contest for Projecting Biblical Truths in the Secular Media in 1992.

Since leaving the Boston Herald in 2002, Feder has served as a communications consultant, writer and conference organiser for various pro-life and pro-family NGOs.

Feder worked with the World Congress of Families from 2006 to May 2018, first as Communications Director, and later as Coalitions Director and Coordinator of Regional Conferences. He was the editor of World Congress of Families News and the organisation’s Leadership Memos. He spoke at WCF II (Geneva) WCF III (Mexico City), WCF IV (Warsaw), WCF V (Amsterdam), WCF VI (Madrid), WCF IX (Salt Lake City), WCF X (Tbilisi) and WCF XI (Budapest).

He also helped to organise World Congress of Families regional conferences in Trinidad, Barbados, Antigua, St. Lucia, London, Paris, Belgrade, Moldova, Moscow, Ulyanovsk (Russia), Riga (Latvia), Malawi, Abuja (Nigeria), and Nairobi.

Besides his work for World Congress of Families, Feder helped to organise The Interfaith Zionist Leadership Summit (2003), The War on Christians Conference (2006) -- both in Washington, D.C. -- and The Constitution or Sharia Conference (2011) in Nashville, TN.

He is currently the Coalitions Director of the Ruth Institute.

Feder is a graduate of the Boston University College of Liberal Arts (BA in political science) and the Boston University Law School (JD). He passed the bar in New York and Massachusetts and practiced law in upstate New York (1973-1976).

Prior to writing for the Boston Herald, he was Executive Director of Massachusetts Citizens for Limited Taxation (1976-1979) and the Second Amendment Foundation (1979-1982).

He is married to Andrea (formerly Mills), is the father of four children and grandfather of three. He was born sometime in the last century.


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