Ambulances and vans pull to the side of a remote road and idle; surgeons and assistants wait patiently just after sunset. Gun shots signal the onset of frantic activity. The final few hundred yards are driven into an open area; still warm bodies of executed criminals, political prisoners and religious dissenters are carried into makeshift mobile operating facilities. Body parts are hastily harvested with the occasional chest contraction or gasp from not quite yet dead donors. The commodity market for livers, kidneys, corneas and the occasional heart not ruined by a bullet is lucrative (about $4,700 for a good kidney). Victims were given anti coagulants to help ensure good results and told the injections were anesthesia to mitigate pain during their executions. The only provided anesthesia penetrated the right side of their chests at 300 meters per second from a Norinco knockoff of the 9 mm Tokarev Model 213, the reliable sidearm of Chinese officialdom.
Not some ghastly science fiction by Michael Crichton or Robin Cook, but true horror in an immense region in northwestern China called East Turkestan. No , this story is true and was related to Ethan Guttmann from the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies by two former doctors forced into service by the Chinese Army: Nijat Abdureyim and Enver Tohti, and was published in last week’s Weekly Standard. They were ordered to cut deep and fast. An estimated 65,000 Turkestan, mostly Muslim, were ‘harvested’ in the late 1990’s. Ethnically, the original inhabitants are Turkic and now a minority to the imported Han Chinese. More recently, this profitable sideline of culling those that challenge the state was visited upon the unlucky chosen of Falun Gong, three million of whom were funneled through Chinese corrections facilities. Prisoners were blood tested and tissue matched before those selected for execution were lead away. Occasionally, Chinese officials in need of a kidney or liver waited in a hospital and were matched with a not yet dispatched donor. At the end of a restaurant interview, Dr. Tohti turned to Dr. Abdureyim, saying, “Nijat, we really are going to hell.” His companion was silent and knocked back his beer.
When girls were born to Turkestan women, mid wives were known to inject them with “antibiotics”, which were not administered to Chinese infants. Within two weeks, the babies turned blue and died. If confronted, mid wives told the mothers their babies were simply not up to handling the “medicine”. Well documented ‘one child’ policies and forced abortions by the Chinese government expose pervasive human rights abuse. Tallying the atrocities of the Cultural Revolution, the government of China has murdered millions in the interest of the supremacy of the far left State and the People.
A second article about China this week by Andy Stern appeared in the Wall Street Journal editorial pages. Mr. Stern is a fellow at Columbia University’s Richman Center and is the former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). According to the filing with the Federal Election Commission, the SEIU PAC was the largest single contributor to President Obama’s election campaign with over $27 million taken from the dues of healthcare, property services and public employees. Stern was appointed by President Obama to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (?!?). During his tenure, the SEIU also donated $6 million to ACORN, the community action group discredited for voter fraud. The SEIU was deemed the “most engaged and influential” lobby for the ObamaCare bill. Stern was the most frequent visitor to the White House during the first year of the administration – 22 times according to White House logs. Perhaps some microbrews in the Rose Garden discussing preferred mentors of President Obama like Saul Alinsky (author of “Rules for Radicals”)?
In his editorial, Stern praises the superiority of the China model of the “planned economy” as clearly the future. The editorial is smooth and persuasively written. “The free market fundamentalist economic model is being thrown onto the trash heap of history”. He cites China’s ascent to become the world’s second largest economy, their 10% wage growth (although many citizens in China still live in third world conditions), their commitment to next generation Information Technology (how much is pirated is not mentioned), and he waxes most rhapsodic about their penchant for five year plans, while the “Americans are planning only for the next election”. Five year plans worked out especially well for the late, unlamented Soviet Union.
A third “China” allusion this week is cited in a Yuval Levin National Review article. Peter Orszag, former budget director for the Obama administration, is quoted from his editorial in “The New Republic”. He tells us we need to take power from Congress and give it to “automatic policies and depoliticized commissions. Radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.” President Obama has frequently said similar things, presumably as long as he controls the commissions. He has told aides that making the changes he wants would be a lot easier if he was the president of China. Whether ironic whimsy or a revelatory foretaste is up to you.
A favored quote of Saul Alinsky is, “History is a relay of revolutions” and another is “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” His plan for the radicals of the sixties was to clean up, get haircuts and infiltrate through political action to the highest positions of power they could attain. To underestimate their intelligence and determination is a grievous error.
The left is alive and well in Beijing, on American campuses like Columbia, in unions like the SEIU and on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in Washington, DC.
“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” — Galileo