Peru was terrorized by the Maoist group Shining Path back in the 1980s and 90s and is still in an uneasy truce with the group I believe. Needless to say Peruvians are uneasy with Maoist "wisdom" since thousands have been slaughtered there in pursuit of service to "the people". Local papers pilloried Diaz since the locals were rightly outraged.
Diaz's apology stated,
"I sincerely apologise to anyone I may have inadvertently offended," Diaz said in a statement. "The bag was a purchase I made as a tourist in China and I did not realise the potentially hurtful nature of the slogan printed on it."That's not much of an apology. I know she didn't "mean" to hurt anyone. The main issue is the appalling ignorance of this woman. Would she wear a Hitler bag? Many on the chic left have no problems wearing gear with the images of such real and wannabe mass murderers as Mao, Che Guevara, or even "Uncle Joe" Stalin. Mao makes Hitler look like a petty criminal. RJ Rummel of the University of Hawaii estimates Mao's death toll to be 73,000,000. That number will probably rise. Does Diaz support mass democide? Most likely not. Does she inadvertently give cover to murderers through her ignorance and pious liberalism? Yes. I assume if she were to read up on the issues she would recant and perhaps change her mind.
Her main problem is typical liberal irrationalism. Perhaps she thought Mao was harmless -- after all they're selling his stuff in China. It's illegal to buy Hitler gear in Germany because Hitler was evil. Not just "evil", but dangerous to a civil society and world peace. If Mao were evil China would outlaw him right? Earth to Cameron -- China is still a COMMUNIST state. Let's try a little historical perspective and good old-fashioned logic. Perhaps Mao looks like a nice harmless smiling Chinese peasant while Hitler is always glaring and yelling and waving his arms with wild-eyed abandon. Whatever her reason for this ignorance; I suggest Rummel's Death by Government.