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‘Throw it in a Stream’

Jonah has a terrific piece in the current NR on Thomas Friedman and his preference for the authoritarian decisiveness of Beijing over sloppy, messy multiparty democratic politics. But big government is always deforming, and in China it’s so big it’s deformed even basic biology, to the point that (as I’ve written many times before) its one-child policy has led to the most gender-distorted cohort in human history. A new book, Message From An Unknown Chinese Mother by Xinran, sheds some light on what happens to those girls who aren’t aborted:

She had lived and worked almost her entire life in orphanages, and told Xinran that little girls sometimes arrived there with scars between their legs. Oil lamps or candles had burned them.

’The first thing the village midwives did when the baby was born was not to clear its airway but to check [by the light of the lamp or candle] whether it was a boy or girl, because that was what the family wanted to hear. Some of the burns were on the baby’s private parts…’

When state-of-the-art totalitarianism meets primitive village culture, the result is industrial-scale depravity. These are the words of a young Chinese female university graduate:

Mother love is supposed to be such a great thing, but so many babies are abandoned, and it’s their mothers who do it. They’re ignorant. They feel differently about emotions from the way you do. Where I come from, people talk about smothering a baby girl or just throwing it[!]into a stream … to be eaten by dogs, as if it were a joke. How much do you think these women loved their babies?

The idea that there are peoples who “feel differently” is anathema to the multicultural mind. It’s why it cannot comprehend why Minnesota’s “Somali-Americans” (heavy on the former, all but weightless on the latter) return to the Horn of Africa for jihad. And why even the Pantybomber’s intended victims think that everything would have been swell if they could have just sat down with him and talked about his feelings.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.


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