Upon death of Chinese dictator, statement made, more hawkish that would be today, but moral authority to state position without violating other independence certain.
Sept 15, 1976
The Death of Mao Tse-Tung
Virtual censorship in American press coverage regarding oppression Communist China under Mao; portrays great leader & shrewd politician [he was] yet overlooks monstrous tyranny exercised over Chinese people.
China different today than 1949, but change does not equal progress, Mao must be judged within moral context. Mao cannot be praised for industrial development while ignoring millions executed for opposing communism & millions more living in abject slavery.
True, Chinese values differently from America & West; but foolish to think Chinese don’t yearn for freedom. Fact confirmed, untold thousands risk lives escaping Communist totalitarianism for Hong Kong liberty.
"Realists" asked to overlook unpleasantry, support Communist China to balance military power of Soviet Union. Shortsighted policy repeats error; treat all enemies' enemies as friends. Policy destroys credibility.
American pride comes from breaking Europe’s balance of power-politics, thus establishing a moral foreign policy upholding American interests. Tradition as old as country, survives today, in spite of Henry Kissinger's destructive efforts.
Mismanaged foreign policy has Americans equating moral policy with interventionist policy, not synonymous. Condemnation of Communist tyranny ought not imply threat of U.S. intervention; nor imply support for petty dictatorship paying anticommunism lip service.
America remain forthright, oppose tyranny universally. Recognize Mao as oppressive dictator. Fear not saying so, make it clear; so long as Chinese people remain slaves expect no support from the United States.