Reading The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party

Wei Yan

PureInsight | August 22, 2005

[] My friend from Mainland China strongly recommended a book to me, The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.

Hearing the title of the book, my first reaction was: everyone knows that the Communist Party is not good, particularly people born in Taiwan. Whether or not we are supporters of the Taiwanese National Party or the Democratic Progressive Party, we know the Chinese Communist Party is bad. This seems to be a cliché, although there hasn't been any book that systematically describes the evilness of the Chinese Communist Party.

The Nine Commentaries has nine chapters. The title of each chapter is quite striking. My friend arrived on a weekend morning to give me the book. The book is published in traditional Chinese. The layout of the book, featuring black and white pencil illustrations, shows that the publisher put a lot of thought into this book.

Everyone who has read novels by Mainland Chinese writers will be attracted by the passion and rich vocabulary. This is beyond the imagination of people living outside of the Mainland. I still remember ten years ago how I finished reading two volumes of the book Ten Years of Cultural Revolution without stopping. I still even remember some of the chapters. When I closed the book after reading it, my reasoning told me this book was written for the Chinese government. Why were all these bad deeds that took place during the Cultural Revolution attributed to The Gang of Four and not the leaders of the Communist Party? Although I didn't grow up in Mainland China and didn't experience the Cultural Revolution I found what I read hard to believe. Today, the "Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party" told me why the Chinese government would make such claims.

The first commentary of The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party explained this very well.

The unique success of the Nine Commentaries lies in its fact-based writing. The style is objective and factual. The book quotes many facts. It is not written in the attack mode. It is rational and well organized. The articles focus on illustrating facts rather than on establishing an enemy and then attacking it without mercy.

When I read the fourth commentary "How the Communist Party Is an Anti-Universal Force" I thought: what on Earth has happened to the land of China? Our ancestors told us, "a man can be killed but cannot be humiliated." Under the Chinese Communist rule, nobody can escape from torture and humiliation, as well as disrespect to the gods and Buddhas. The disrespect to gods and Buddhas makes me worry for them: are we not all to blame if we permit such a regime to control China?

The fifth commentary "The Collusion of Jiang Zemin and the CCP to Persecute Falun Gong" reveals extremely brutal facts about the persecution of Falun Gong. In the environment where we have grown up, we feel the pain even when see other people have their teeth pulled at the dentist. We cannot imagine how and why someone can be so brutal.

In the recent years we have seen the Falun Gong practitioners' torture exhibitions on the streets of New York City. Rain or shine, heat or snow they are always there, to tell people the kindness of Falun Gong and evilness of the Chinese Communist Party. Many people cannot understand why they choose such a way to express themselves. A friend even said to me, "Why do they have to react so extreme? As long as they keep the [trees in the] mountains, they will not lack wood to burn."

After reading the Nine Commentaries, we know that Chinese people and the land of China no longer have mountains [full of trees] or wood. If we do not act, the splendid, five-thousand-year civilization is going to vanish.

My biggest gain from reading The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party is I truly understand the pain and suffering of the Chinese people, and why the sense of mission of Falun Gong practitioners has made them so strong!

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