Mao: the ugly reality behind an icon | csmonitor.com: "...Mao must have firmly believed this. There is little else that could explain his tranquility in the face of the suffering triggered by his policies. Jung and Halliday estimate that [b]he caused the deaths of 70 million Chinese.[/b]
'There are 2.7 billion people in the world,' he once calculated at a world summit with other Communist leaders. [b]'One-third could be lost; or a little more, it could be half ... I say that, taking the extreme situation half dies, half lives, but imperialism would be razed to the ground and the whole world would become socialist.'"[/b]
So...the operations was a success but now the patient is dead.