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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 19. 2nd August 1973

Mao and J.C

Mao and J.C.

Dear Sir,

In the light of the present articles on China appearing in Salient I thought I would take the liberty of presenting some of Chairman Mao's statements on a few of the issues that face us today.

In Volume PV of his 'Selected Works' at pp 14-15 Mao says: "We take up sword too, following his (Chiang Kai-shek's) example . . . As Chiang Kai-shek is now sharpening his swords, we must sharpen ours too".

In Volume II of his 'Selected Works' at p 224 Mao says: "Every Communist must grasp the truth: Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun".

And at p 225 he says: "Only with guns can the whole world be transformed". "We are advocates of the abolition of war, we do not want war; but war can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun".

In Volume I of his 'Selected Works' at pp 182 - 183 Mao says: "War, this monster of mutual slaughter among men, will be finally eliminated by the progress of human society, and in the not too distant future too. But there is only one way to eliminate it and that is to oppose war with war".

With these I compared the sayings of another. He said: "Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword".

He said: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God".

He said: "My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world then my servants would be fighting".

"Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you".

Please believe me when I say that I have met this one and know you can meet him too. He has given me the power to live the life that I really wanted all along, but had been blinded and robbed of real liberty. I found a poem that expresses what I want to say and pray that you will read it and maybe start your pilgrimage towards the God who is there.

Yours, Alastair Rees-Thomas

Drawing of an evil looking man