Differing Perspectives Pertaining to Responsibilities
In the West, people do not view Mao in such a brainwashed manner as exhibited in Chinese perspective:
During the cultural revolution, Mao was seen as a sacred person, the supreme leader, of the whole nation, who enjoyed unlimited power. He failed to take responsibilities in many key areas. In fact, he was concerned with power struggle, rather than responsibilities...In general, he failed his role as the leader of the Chinese people."
-Xingzhong Yu, Student Email Interview
"...putting the blame on the Gang of Four or on Lin Biao group is a clumsy attempt to truly cover up Mao Zedong's crimes."
-Liu Qing, former convener of Democracy Wall in Beijing
"Although the Party Resolution of 1981 declared that Mao caused the Cultural Revolution...it attributed most of the disasters to the Gang of Four, Lin Biao..."
The reason why China can't talk about the Cultural Revolution is that unlike Germany after the Holocaust, China is still run by the same party that committed the crimes. Reassessing the Cultural Revolution would mean reassessing the party's right to rule, and that will never take place as long as the party is in power."
-Anonymous Communist Party Historian