Mao Zedong's Fateful War On Sparrows Colorized
Humans have waged many failed metaphorical “wars.” For example, the war on drugs or the war on terror but none can compare to the utter disaster of Mao Zedong’s war on sparrows. That’s right. The chairman and godfather of communism in China pursued an all-out offensive against tiny, chirping balls of feathers. On the surface, it sounds like a ridiculous and borderline hilarious endeavor. One that should have lasted about a week before quietly receding into the annals of historical comedy.
However, in reality, Mao’s battle against the birds resulted in a massive famine that led to more than 45 million people dying over just three years! This is the story of Zedong’s Four Pests Campaign, one of the worst examples of humans trying to corral nature.