Monday, June 04, 2007

One man stands hard as he waits for freedom's hand

Eighteen years ago was a seminal moment in the formation of my political ideology. It was really the trigger that started me thinking about politics and paying attention to world events, so I think it's fair to say that it laid the foundation for the political thought and writing that I have done since. primarily because as it progressed everyone could tell that if successful, it would be a miraculous triumph of the human spirit and will... Unfortunately, that was not to be.
In the aftermath the next morning, as information finally leaked out to the rest of the world, what we saw was such a clear-cut black-and-white depiction of good and evil, freedom and tyrrany; even a child could recognize it for what it was.

Today is the eighteenth anniversary of the Tiannamen Square massacre. Even after so many years, the full count of the day's victims - which many estimate to be in the multiple thousands - is unknown but to God. Even after so many years, thinking about that day is one of the things that can make me tear up.

For a more "historical" write-up, here's the Beeb, courtesy of Gateway Pundit. Wikipedia has a rather good article about it as well, with lots of background for those of you who might not be familiar with 20th century Chinese history. (at the least, read up on the Democracy Wall from the late 70s) There's some powerful video coverage at the Beeb - well worth watching to the end. A haunting reminder from the demonstrators that day, and what they said, literally begging the foreign journalists: "Tell the world!"

Hug your kids today. Call your Mom just to say "hi." Go check out a book from your library. Stop in at a church on your lunch break to say a quick prayer. Cherish the doing of these simple little things that we take for granted, because so many people in the world still don't have the luxury to do them.

One other thing to do? TELL THE WORLD.

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Blogger Stewed Hamm said...

Just a note - while I probably should have gone with a title from The Internationale, for historical accuracy, I'll be damned if I'm going to let communist propaganda slide on this blog... even if the first verse is a call for people to be free from tyrrany.
It's just that the particular type of tyrrany that the student demonstrators were referring to when they sang was the quite literal murder and oppression they were witnessing before their eyes, not the whiny Marxist jagoff pipedream utopia advocated in the second and third verses of the song.

10:28 AM, June 04, 2007  

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