They faced down the tanks in Tiananmen Square. Now they want their children to forget it


Thirty years ago. The Chinese government brutally crushed protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square thirty years later, many have forgotten the deadly truth about communism for the Colson center. I'm John Stonestreet. This is break point for two months in one thousand nine hundred nine students gathered in TNN square demanding political reforms, analogous to the economic reforms instituted by then chairman, dang Xiaoping after some initial indecision, the communist party decided to crack down on may twentieth. The government declared martial law. Moved two hundred and fifty thousand troops into Beijing on June. Third state run television warned Beijing residents to stay inside the next day, the army advanced towards Tiananmen Square protesters attempted to impede the army's advance and destroyed more than one hundred military vehicles and damaged nearly five hundred others, but ultimately resistance would prove to be futile, trucks, and armored personnel carriers. Join tanks and attack helicopters. The army's principal target was a ten meter tall statue dubbed. The god. Of democracy, which was erected by the students and bore a more than passing resemblance to the statue of liberty after first firing warning shots. The troops fired directly on the protesters estimates of the death toll range widely from hundreds to thousands and addition at least sixteen hundred people were arrested many imprisoned for more than two decades and others who were never seen again. The message from the communist party was clear to be rich might be as den once put it glorious, but forget about being free the events of June one thousand nine hundred nine make clear that the communist party was determined to retain, complete political, and social control will given this history with this regime. No one should be surprised at the recent crackdown on Chinese Christians and Muslims leaguers. But what is surprising is how many Chinese today are untroubled by the events of June hundred eighty nine even worse, the authors of a recent article in the Washington Post described a popular nostalgia for? Maza Dong mouse rule was among the most brutal in all of history. This is the Mao whose attempt to industrialize and collectivize China virtually overnight called the great leap forward killed at least forty five million people. This is the Mao who's great proletarian cultural revolution. Attempted to purge Chinese society of capitalism, traditional elements by killing between five hundred thousand and three million people and selling countless more into internal exile. Among its victims were the father and aunt of current leaders using thing who committed suicide as a result of being persecuted, the tragic irony is that any doubt from ou- only helps legitimize the authoritarianism and oppression. Now, expanding under g how can we make sense of this, selective and misguided historical memory will most of the nostalgic are too young to have personally, experienced mouse rule even more, they haven't been taught the truth about our TNN men and approved or state run schools. Of course that same thing. Can't be said a bus in the west who's a memory is often just as selective and just as wrong when it comes to communism writer, Cathy young who lived in the USSR until she was seventeen describes what she calls Kami chic now. She's not referring to Soviet apologised or sympathizers prior to nineteen Ninety-one. She's talking about the two thousand eighteen teen vogue article that urged readers to use. Karl Marx's ideas to understand how Donald Trump was elected president. She's referring to a two thousand seventeen New York Times op Ed insisting that women had better sex in communist east, Germany, or one, hard left publication that recently tweeted for all the Soviet Union's many faults by traversing. It's vast architectural landscape. We get a glimpse of what a built environment for the many not the few could look like. Now, if all we knew about communism where it's histories of oppression and mass murderer that should be enough to disavow us of any nostalgia for it as the authors of the black book of communism wrote communist regimes turned mass. Crime into a full blown system of government. The result was one hundred million plus debts including the martyrs of Tiananmen Square. But that tweet itself about building environments, for the many, not the few tells us all we need to know about the flawed worldview that undergirds this great historical evil to a communist, but society is always more important than the individual individuals must be sacrificed for the utopian and fantastical greater good that lies somewhere in the future, and always just beyond reach whenever it's tried in the past or in the future. This fatal flaw will leave fatalities because bad ideas have victims, the history of communism. Like it's worldview is neither glorious nor worthy of nostalgia

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