Book Review: Genocide on the Mongolian Steppe

Genocide on the Mongolian Steppe:
First hand Accounts of Genocide in Southern Mongolia During the Chinese Cultural Revolution
Volume 1

Originally published in Japanese, Eghebatu Togochog, Director of the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center, translated it into English. In doing so, Enghebatu provides a invaluable resource to understand how Southern (Inner) Mongolia was separated from their northern half and despite the name, no longer has a Mongolian majority.

Before the collapse of the Manchurian Qing dynasty, Mongols enjoyed happy, prosperous lives where the Chinese were forbidden to settle and farm their land. Today, they are treated poorly, take the case of Mr. Mergen. In 2011, while trying to prevent coal trucks from taking a shortcut through his grazing lands, one of the drivers knocked him and his horse down and dragged him for 200 yards before stopping. To add insult to injury and death, he justified his actions with ethnic slurs. Mergen is just one example among millions of Mongols treated as second class citizens in their ancestral homeland.

In Genocide on the Mongolian Steppe, the author, History professor Yang Haiying describes the transition of Southern Mongolia from equals to the Manchu rulers, through the influx of Chinese settlers, Japanese occupation, Chinese Communist Party domination and the depravity of the Cultural Revolution. We are gifted the opportunity to read about it from those who experienced the results of the insidious campaign against them.

This book should be required reading. If you believe in the march to socialism you’ll see how sincere, believing Party members were victimized, abused and even murdered despite being committed members of the cause. On the other hand, if you like liberty and freedom, the book outlines the conniving and underhanded techniques used; some of which you may recognize today.

This book is an indictment of the Chinese Communist Party for Crimes Against Humanity for the treatment of the Southern Mongolians.

The old adage, “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely” is an appropriate description of the perpetrator of the Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao, with the blood of tens of millions on his hands. Today, there is a new leader for life and the potential for the extermination of whole peoples.

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