Ethan Gutmann has written a book called “The Slaughter.” The title is stark, and apt as well. The book is about the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China — specifically, the “harvesting” of them by Communist authorities. These authorities kill practitioners for their organs. Sometimes they “live-harvest” them — that is, they injure them, then harvest the organs, then finish the victims off. The fresher the organ, the better for the transplant recipient, of course.
I wrote about Gutmann’s book in a recent NR. That piece is available on our homepage today (here). I would like to emphasize one point here in the Corner.
The problem with the rule prohibiting comparisons to the Nazis is that some things are actually like the Nazis. In China, they separate prisoners by “harvestability.” In some camps, you have a better chance of surviving if you’re old and sick. If you’re young and healthy, your organs are desirable.
This separation of prisoners: Does it not recall Dr. Mengele and his clinic?
I suppose I think the following: that the rule against comparisons to the Nazis is basically good, as there is so much false comparison, and cheap comparison. Still, we are sometimes entitled to think, “Dammit, this smacks of the Nazis.” I had just this feeling — particularly regarding Mengele — while reading Ethan Gutmann’s book. (In an epilogue, he addresses this very issue.)
There is much more to say, of course — volumes more to say — but I’m just doing blogposts here.