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‘America Never Came’: Tiananmen Student Leaders on Massacre 25 Years Ago, Abuses Today

"If China remains a dictatorship it could be even more bloody than the 20th century," warns one of Tiananmen's most wanted.

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Bridget Johnson

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May 30, 2014 - 6:17 pm
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WASHINGTON — Leaders of the Tiananmen Square protest movement 25 years ago told members of Congress today they were crushed that America didn’t step in to help back then, but they’re more troubled about what the U.S. government isn’t doing as human rights abuses in China increase to a rate not seen since that era.

No Democrats showed up on the dais for the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing, at which Chairman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) raised a range of concerns including persecution of anyone who tries to mark the massacre in China, the “mass extermination of girls” through the one-child policy, and unabated forced abortions.

Beijing, he noted, has gone to “astounding lengths to erase the memory of the Tiananmen demonstration.”

“We still have no account by the government of those who died, those who disappeared, those who  were arrested, those who were executed,” Smith said. “China lost an idealistic generation of future leaders.”

The Tiananmen protest leaders, including the quintet sitting at the witness table, are among “the best and the greatest and the most courageous the world has ever seen.”

But China is in the midst of a “severe crackdown,” the congressman noted, with 2013 being the worst year since the 1990s in terms of the arrest of dissidents.

“It remains the torture capital of the world,” Smith said.

Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) declared that the communist regime “must not be allowed to last.”

“The spirit of courage and freedom will outlast steel tanks and cowardice,” he said in reference to the People’s Liberation Army tanks that mowed down student demonstrators in the square.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), once a speechwriter for President Reagan, maintained that “had he been president of the United States when this happened, this would be a different world and China would be a different place.”

Rohrabacher called it a “disgrace” that the administration of George H.W. Bush “did not make the leadership of the Communist Party pay.”

“Today there would not only be democracy in China but the world would be a safer, more peaceful place,” he said.

Major Yan Xiong was dubbed one of the “most wanted” student leaders after the Tiananmen protests. He recalled rushing toward the square after hearing that troops had marched into the Forbidden City; he ran into walls of people forming human chains, trying to keep their countrymen away from the slaughter. Xiong got through and witnessed “horrific” scenes.

“Soldiers with helmets and AK-47s were randomly shooting at protesters as they chanted slogans and tried to hold their ground. My friend and I crept forward, the sound of bullets, shooting, crying, and tanks blended together,” he told the committee.

Xiong found a phone booth, called his wife and asked her to go to the Beijing University radio station to “tell the truth” about the massacre unfolding. “I continued to relay new information to the radio station until the early hours of morning.”

He was captured after ending up on the most-wanted list and spent nearly two years in prison before coming to the U.S. in 1992 — just in time for his first Fourth of July.

“I saw then the meaning of freedom – the freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and freedom from fear that all Americans enjoy. Since the time of my baptism as a Christian, I also found the freedom that knowing God provides,” Xiong said. “As a commissioned officer in the United States Army I serve to protect these freedoms. As an Army Chaplain my job is to assist my commander to ensure that all members of the Army family receive the religious support they need to freely exercise their faith, according to the Constitution.”

Xiong beamed when he spoke about his love for his adopted country and for the Army. “I’m so proud to be a U.S. citizen, to serve my country 20 years now,” he said, adding that “the real Creator is not the Communist Party; it is the Creator of the people.”

Zhou Fengsuo, co-founder of the rights group Humanitarian China, called it “the greatest honor of my life that Chinese government … designated me as No. 5 on the list.”

“I did not deserve that honor, for there are many others that worked harder and fought more bravely,” he added. Zhou was responsible for building networks that provided medical support to the protesters in the square, and was among the last students to leave.

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So... the US was supposed to invade a nuclear power to interfere with its internal politics, overthrow the sitting regime and install an American-friendly government to govern about, oh, a billion people.

Right?
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“had he been president of the United States when this happened, this would be a different world and China would be a different place. Today there would not only be democracy in China but the world would be a safer, more peaceful place,”

In what insane world of fantasy could that have ever taken place?

We've had our Shenandoah Valleys and Guadalcanals - go get some buddy, cuz ya can't all emigrate out.
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And if we don't keep on having our Shenandoah Valleys and Gaudalcanals, the nations which do step up will be more in charge of the world--including our part of it--than we are. If you think we are making a case for that, you aren't.
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Freedom loving people anywhere who would pin any hopes on Obama giving them aid and support need to take a cold shower. Obama loves totalitarians and is trying hard to be one. He doesn't believe America liberates. He has no interest whatsoever in people who only wish to be self-governing, just, and peaceful. If I were able to give any advice to South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, The Philippines, or any other western Pacific nation, or any nation for that matter, that wishes to be free, I would say arm up, and fast. And it wouldn't hurt to pray night and day either.
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It's not so much that he loves totalitarians. It's that if it isn't gay, black, or illegal, he doesn't give a s--t.

Obama wants the elimination of the capitalist and largely white America that has been the prominent and non-collectivist world power for the last 100 years. He can war against his racial and political enemies at home and let that feed through into the decay of American power abroad. He doesn't care who steps into that power vacuum as long as the US is crippled. Ending "racist" America is the goal. Nothing else matters very much.
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US President in 1989? H.W. Bush, a CIA operative. And "read my lips, no new taxes!" Biggest wastrel of a US Leader ever to grace USA's White House.
After Mao's death,in 1976, the moderate pragmatist branch of the Chinese Communist Party took power and ousted the leftist revolutionaries. Deng Xiaoping, led the country toward an economic policy of capitalist-style growth and export wealth. Madame Mao and the other Gang of Four members were arrested and tried, essentially for all of the crimes associated with Maos failed "Cultural Revolution" (he closed schools, sent teachers out to farm wheat and rice...set Chinese education back 25 or 30 years).
Mao's legacy today is a complicated one. He is known as the "Founding Father of Modern China," and serves to inspire 21st century rebellions like the Nepali and Indian Maoist movements. On the other hand, his leadership caused more deaths among his own people than that of Joseph Stalin or Adolph Hitler. We’re talking 100 million or more, folks.
Within the Chinese Communist Party under Deng, Mao was declared to have been "70% correct" in his policies. However, Deng also said: Mao’s Great Famine was "30% natural disaster, 70% human error." Nonetheless, Mao Thought continues to guide ALL CHINA's policies to this day.
Deng Xiaoping, in 1989, was China’s leader. Under Deng Xiaoping was Zhao Ziyang a firm supporter of Tiananmen Square and student uprisings (at odds with Deng’s). His economic reform policies and sympathies to student demonstrators during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 placed him at odds with some members of the party leadership, including Premier Li Peng. Zhao also began to lose favour with paramount leader Deng Xiaoping. In the aftermath of the events, Zhao was purged politically and effectively placed under house arrest for the next 15 years. He died in Beijing in 2005, from a stroke(imagine THAT!!!). Results of 1989 Tiananmen Square uprisings, more than 3,000 dead, missing, or locked up somewhere. Nobody in China will mention these events in any conversation. Every Chinese citizen worships Mao-Tse-Tung’s legacy…daily songs are blared over strategically placed loudspeakers extolling the “Father of China.” Thanks H.W. Bush!!! Learn American history. Not one more Bush in America's White House. Pray. Amen. God Bless America. Join a Tea Party, urgently. Register to vote and vote.
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"Biggest wastrel of a US Leader ever to grace USA's White House."

Not even in the worst five. Whether Obama is the worst or second worst remains to be seen, and Carter is now firmly third worst.
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If these were “the best and the greatest and the most courageous the world has ever seen” they'd be in China in an Alamo. What an idiotic statement.
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They were in an "Alamo", dumbass, just one that wasn't effectively surrounded.

The bullets killed many of them, the treads got some, and they saw the elephant.

Do you think Boone or Carson wouldn't have gotten away to fight Mexicans if they could have?
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I don't know. Daniel Boone died years before the Alamo and Kit Carson was never there.
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They were offered surrender - they refused. In the L'Amour novel, do they go to the British Parliament and ask "wha hoppen?"
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That's not the point which I will try to make very clear.

They--in Tiananmen--fought the fight they could fight, and have lived to fight another day. They were in their Alamo and were lucky enough to live, this is not to their discredit.

It is to our discredit we did not help push over a strategic rival when those attacking it's foundations were in better adherence to our own principles than we could find in those days.
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Grr....Half remembered Louis L'Amour novel.

Meant Bowie and Crockett.

But the point stands, they had their last stand.
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This article is not based in reality or even rational political / economic reason.

The GOP is making fools of themselves, wrapped in the flag hoping no one notices they buck naked. In the meantime our government continues illegal spying and seizure on a nationwide scale.

The USA is no longer the land of the free and home of the brave, or hasn't anyone noticed the collapse of Liberty and Justice for all..?? Google and the like are agents of the government, and government has placed itself above the Constitution.

and yet we are talking about Democracy in China. Well done PJ media, nothing like staying on top of current events and keeping the Citizen informed.
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You didn't happen to notice that the (D)Marxists have had the Presidency since 2009, the Senate since 2006, the House from 2006-2010, did you?

Just wondering.....
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True that. Most notably, pissing away opportunities to advance liberty in Hungary, South Vietnam, Iraq, and and nearing that point irretrievably in Afghanistan.

As opposed to Democrats, I recall a Republican intervening in the Philippines and few other places to enlarge the region of the world governed by something like classical liberal principles (or at least as close as we seem to be able to manage today*).

*Which isn't that close, too many Democrats and RINOs, and I've observed a certain commonality of thought amongst the Ivy Leaguers that seems to indicate that as a working proposition, none should ever be elected President again. They seem to think they will always be the smartest men in the room, when even if they are, they seem not to be the wisest.
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By the Philippines, did you mean Mars, or Jeremiah Johnson?
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I mean Marcos.
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Surprise! China doesn't have 911 to my local precinct.
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As an Israeli, we know this. This is why Israel always declined the generous (?) offers by the USA for American troops to protect it, since counting on America to protect you mean suicide.

See South Vietnam, China's and Iran's dissidents, the "Czech summer" of 1968, the people of Iraq and Afghanistan who are not extreme Muslims, Kopts in Egypt, Christians in the ME in general (except in the evil racist apartheid ruled Israel, isn't that a mystery?), the kidnapped girls sold into sexual slavery by Boko Haram, gassed children in Syria...

...the list goes on and on.

America swore to protect you with its honor and dignity and power? That means you're dead, finished, kapput. D-E-A-D. It's *over*.

Nobody believes your promises any more, dudes. You went back on your word far too many times.
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The Israelis are wise to rely on themselves when it comes to defending their country.
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You went back on your word far too many times.

The Democrat Left went back on it's word.
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How many US Admins have betrayed Israel? Nearly each and every one.
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Trollolol...
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Larry is a regular, not a troll
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So... the US was supposed to invade a nuclear power to interfere with its internal politics, overthrow the sitting regime and install an American-friendly government to govern about, oh, a billion people.

Right?
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Well said.

Everyone should review America's involvement in China since the Treaty Port days. Then, review America's great efforts inside China during and immediately following the Second World War, up the collapse of the Nationalist Chinese in 1949, and their evacuation to Taiwan.

Review also our protective umbrella over Taiwan since 1949 until this month in 2014.

Frankly, I get tired of reading such whining statements as:

"America Never Came’: Tiananmen Student Leaders on Massacre 25 Years Ago, Abuses Today...."

America has been coming to others desperately in need since 1917. Then, it is only a matter of time until we hear, "Yanks Go Home, But Continue Sending Bales Upon Bales Of United States Cash".

Observe now Maliki and Karzai.

Read History, Dear Complainers.


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"merica has been coming to others desperately in need since 1917. Then, it is only a matter of time until we hear, "Yanks Go Home, But Continue Sending Bales Upon Bales Of United States Cash".

Observe now Maliki and Karzai. "

Other than as a freely chosen trade deficit, we don't send bales of cash to either Germany, Russia, or Japan. Two of these are mature societies which will not likely become strategic rivals in the anticipatable future. One is determined to be, and it should be confronted, and that done from a Kiev office as opposed to a Fulda foxhole.

The failure to establish a status of Forces Agreement in Iraq and Afghanistan means both these areas will fall sway to anti-American forces, and we are reasonably likely to need to put boots back on the ground there to avoid an even worse outcome.
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Looks like they could have installed their own human rights respecting government, and yes, before they had delivery mechanisms that could reach the US was the time we should have ended the Red government of China. A stitch in time saves nine, or nine million. Maybe ninety.

Possibly Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, and odd bits of Tonga, Australia, and several Pacific Islands which are US territories--and most of the trade we benefit therefrom. We also won't necessarily see much trade with much of Africa, India, or Russia, if we don't reverse the isolationist course Obama by weakening us and Ron Paulists by choice are trying to place us on.
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OK, after reading this I'm depressed about the possibilities for our future. :(
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Don't be depressed.

Recall that this amateurish "administration" will be gone in its turn, as have other unfortunate administrations of both of our parties over all of our years since 1789.

We're a very resilient Nation. Review what we've already survived.
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