Subversion of the Innocents: Patterns of Communist Penetration in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia

Subversion of the Innocents: Patterns of Communist Penetration in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia

Subversion of the Innocents: Patterns of Communist Penetration in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia

Subversion of the Innocents: Patterns of Communist Penetration in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia

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Each day at dawn, the peasant emerges from his mud-walled, thatch-roofed, windowless hut and savors the cool morning air so refreshingly free of the stale dust that perpetually circulates inside the fragile structure. Dressed in torn, dirty trousers and shirt, or sometimes just shorts, he shuffles into the surrounding corn, wheat, and rice fields where he works for about twelve hours, earning from twelve to fifteen cents by day's end. His wife and children help him pull a plow or plant seeds, for every hand is needed if he is to earn even that much. He has often dreamed of sending his children to school, so that they might learn to read and write like the children of his wealthy landlord or his foreign master. But this dream seems beyond realization. He is hardly able to make ends meet as it is, particularly with the constant illnesses that so often incapacitate members of his family. It's either an eye disease, or an intestinal infection, or malaria. Always something. And there is no hospital nearby, not even a doctor for miles around.

This peasant lives in Ethiopia. He also lives in Egypt, in Indonesia, in the Congo, and in Afghanistan. In fact, everywhere in the vast, simmering, impoverished, underdeveloped world. He is the symbol of the lowly and the exploited. Until recently he passively accepted his underprivileged lot. After all, his father and his grandfather and his great-grandfather had lived in the same manner and worked the same fields and experienced the same grinding . . .

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