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The People’s Republic of Amnesia

Tiananman Square? Don’t ask China. It didn’t happen.

The 30th anniversary of the violent crackdown on pro-freedom demonstrators in China in Tiananman Square recalls the iconic young man standing defiantly in front of the tank; the millions who demonstrated all around China; and the brutal end to the hopes of freedom for Chinese human beings.

Recall? Actually, it is both a widespread and a very limited recall. The Chinese leadership doesn’t recall it at all — because it didn’t happen. It’s like Turkey and the Armenian genocide of 1915 — it didn’t happen. China, to protect its image, at least to itself, fabricates history. Perhaps the better way to put it would be: photoshops history.

Photoshops the demonstrators, the tanks, the Chinese troops firing indiscriminately on their own people, killing nobody knows exactly how many.

It never happened. At best, the current Chinese leadership will acknowledge “turmoil.” No more.

The People’s Republic of Amnesia, by NPR China correspondent, Louisa Lim, is worth reading, yes; but the title itself tells the story.

While the rest of the  world acknowledges and remembers the valiant struggle, we do not place much stock in this particular act of remembrance. For when it comes to China, the world merrily buys its way into Chinese factories, gobbling up Chinese goods with nary a concrete action taken against China’s suppression of human rights, then or now. No sanctions against China, not even any harsh words. Some three million Muslim Uiguhrs are confined to “re-education camps” and the world says and does nothing.

Remembrance of heroism is meangless if it does not stimulate some heroism of one’s own.

Copyright © 2019 by the Intermountain Jewish News

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