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CHINA: Shirts and politics

Red shirts? Black was the color of the Roman Catholic Church, red of its enemies. The Italian hero Giuseppe Garibaldi (today he would be called an international terrorist) helped Uruguay achieve its independence from Argentina and adopted the poncho as his dress. "Poncho" originally meant a natural colored wool shirt. Later, in 1860, he lad his 1.000 Redshirts in the invasion of Sicily, which ultimately led to end of the papal states and the unification of Italy. However, later red became the color of the Communist revolution, so Mussolini's anti-Communist fascists became Black Shirts. Hitler's became Brown Shirts, Brazil's Green Shirts, while in Argentina they became the Descamisados, the shirtless ones, which they were not. They simply did not wear that bourgeois symbol, a tie.

But Blue Shirts? i had never heard of them until I received this from Paul Simon: "They were here in China. Chiang Kai Shek was a big fan of the fascists, at least according to well respected China expert Sterling Seagrave. Seagrave asserts that Chiang patterned his "new life movement" after the Nazi party and modeled his "Blue-shirts" on the Sturmabteilung. Mussolini provided a bomber factory, and German advisors helped the KMT in their war against Mao in the 30's. Only when Japan and the Axis began to get cozy did Chiang and the Euro-Fascists get a quickie divorce, according to The Soong Dynasty. My comment: This is not the man we thought we knew, the constant democrat whose defeat was due to the American "commies who lost China". We must check to see what Chinese and American history textbooks say.

Ronald Hilton - 12/16/01