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Pro-Truth can also have two sides.
I had an argument in the pub with a Kiwi recently about the land of the Llama and our points of view were very different. He just walked away in the end because he didn't want to hear anything he didn't believe. I have seen you boldly and actively state what you believe to be the truth and get called names for it. As I stated previously in this thread Chinese people and Westerners are part of their own system of beliefs and this can be very hard to shake.
Whenever I see a topic here I ask myself about what I believe and then I might look at articles on the internet to look for salient points. When I was at school we were taught about the misery in China and the name of its leader and we were in awe that anything could be so bad. Your education about China may be similar. In China they also know about the bad things but they view it as participants rather than us as outsiders looking in and therefore it would be almost impossible to reconcile the two different sides of the same argument. My mother used to say that an argument is like two people in the same room looking out of different windows.
For an example, the Chinese look upon the Chairman as an important unifier and main figure in Chinese history and therefore give him reverence and respect. Many foreigners just quote figures about how many people lost their lives. To some extent both points of view are true and quite valid except you have to find out what the motivations were and what actually caused the main problems. History records that the main events for 1958 -1960 were an over-zealous leader with a lack of knowledge of business, industry and farming and drought and severe storms and flooding in 1959. In addition, over estimates from local and corrupt officials trying to make themselves look good. The other main factor was the nightmare inexperienced over production of steel which was of such low quality that it broke at the first use and the man hours it took from away from farming. The former caused deforestation, a lack of tools especially in agriculture and a broken economy. The bumper harvest of 1959 gave cause that the new plan was working giving further confidence and allowed for the shipment excess grain to be traded abroad which caused even more calamity in 1959 when due to droughts in some parts harvests failed and unusually high flooding and arrived in the Yellow River (2 million drowned). There is a litany of errors associated with this period including the killing of all sparrows and this led to massive populations of locusts further exacerbating the problems. Many local government officials were publicly executed for their reporting facts falsely and helping to make the situation even worse.
During all of this the economy was led by a conviction that it was for the people to make their country and lives better. O.K it can be seen viewed from the future that it was wrong and any Chinese will admit that, but the point is that it was not done with hatred or vindictiveness. It was just extremely poor management. This is a 1960 quote, ” Additionally, this loss in Mao's regime meant that Mao became a "dead ancestor," as he labeled himself: a person who was respected but never consulted, occupying the political background of the Party.” (until 1966, another story)
Poor judgment does not normally label someone as a person committing genocide but rather a human. Winston Churchill planned and sent many ANZACS to their deaths at Gallipoli and was involved in other dreadful planning disasters in WWII and he is regarded in the West as a hero. Poor judgment does not mean that the act was deliberate and out of spite. The arguments I see: He killed all those people! He sent grain abroad while people starved! The latter being true of 1959, but they were unaware of the real scale of the situation on the ground and it was too late after the problems were discovered. It was according to several articles the rural people that suffered the most and away from cities were there was rationed food.
So I believe there are even two sides to the truth especially as it matures. Incidentally there are numerous articles on, “The Great Leap Forward” on the internet and in it is almost a comedy of errors if it were not so sad.