Tuesday, November 07, 2006

TVs for survivors

China: Historic Sacrifice Rates A TV - The reward comes better late than never, but on the 70th anniversary of the Long March, the Chinese government is rewarding survivors of the trek as well as those who helped them along the way. The famous retreat saw thousands of Communists flee to the remote interior to escape the Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-shek. The reward will be 80,000 TV sets, which, a state newspaper says, will solve the Long March survivors’ “television-viewing difficulties.” - Maclean’s newsmagazine – November 6, 2006

As we all remember from school, the Long March© was a military retreat by the armies of the Communist Party of China and the Peoples Liberation Army to get away from the Nationalist Armies led by Chiang Kai-shek. The Communists, led by Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, escaped to the north, covering either 8,000 km, 6,000 km or 16,000 km (depending on who you believe) in 370 days, finishing up in November of 1935.

Over 100,000 soldiers started on the march yet even after “confiscating” weapons and property along the way, as well as “recruiting” peasants, only about 8,000 made it to their final destination. Because of the defeat, membership in the Chinese Communist party fell from 300,000 to about 40,000. In March of 2006, Sun Shuyun, a writer for the Taipei Times, estimated that there were about 500 survivors still alive.

My thinking is this: each of those survivors looks to be getting 160 televisions sometime this year. If that doesn’t cure their “television-viewing difficulties” then nothing will.

Anyway… Humouroceros


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