BLANKLEY: Chapter and verse on China’s moral predations

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Whatever one thinks about the influence of Western civilization on the broader world over the past half-millennium, it can be said that the West has lived out a “reasonably enlightened” view of humanity. It would be very different under Chinese domination. Here is just one of hundreds of examples offered by the authors of the moral pit that China has become: “It is routine for children as young as nine years old and for the mentally handicapped to be sold to sweatshops where they work around the clock in slave-like conditions. Tragically, child labor is most common in toy factories. Other workers initially take jobs voluntarily but then are padlocked in dormitories and forced to work up to 18 hours a day in a subhuman environment.” Those cheap toys found on American shopping shelves come at a horribly high price.

The authors systematically assess the evil intents and consequences of the communist government from child labor to environmental damage to the selection and murder of prisoners for their body parts. After a particularly riveting narrative of the Chinese regime’s religious intolerance, the authors conclude with Pope Benedict XVI’s soul-rending observation: “In China, Christ is living out His Passion.”

Just as the authors are ferocious toward the Chinese regime, they are equally tough on the Washington establishment that helps the Chinese. The authors name names and present chapter and verse of how China - and its American allies - penetrate U.S. business and compromise government secrets. The failure of our government even to begin to resist the Chinese threat is aptly described as a bipartisan failure of both vision and will - if not patriotism. But it is fair to say that President Obama, in particular, will not enjoy reading this book, although he would vastly benefit from it, as would the country if he were to act on the authors’ advice.

Tony Blankley is the author of “American Grit: What It Will Take to Survive and Win in the 21st Century” (Regnery, 2009) and vice president of the Edelman public relations firm in Washington.

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