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#174349 - 06/04/09 03:14 PM This is what courage looks like. 20 Years Ago 2Day
MartinFocazio Offline

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20 years ago today.


Edited by martinfocazio (06/04/09 03:15 PM)

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#174350 - 06/04/09 03:26 PM Re: This is what courage looks like. 20 Years Ago 2Day [Re: MartinFocazio]
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Martin, you couldn't be more correct.

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#174351 - 06/04/09 03:41 PM Re: This is what courage looks like. 20 Years Ago 2Day [Re: MartinFocazio]
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Indeed. Thanks for the reminder of what we hoped at the time would be a seminal moment for the Chinese people.

Coincidentally, I'm about two-thirds of the way through a very interesting (and disturbing) book: "The Private Life of Chairman Mao." Highly recommend. The author was Mao Zedong's personal physician from 1954 until Mao's death in 1976.

More than the title suggests, the book offers much insight into the policies of that era and the Chinese leadership other than Mao, such as Deng Xiaoping, who was instrumental in the brutal suppression of the unarmed demonstrators in Tiananmen Square.

http://www.amazon.com/Private-Life-Chair...2851&sr=1-1

Mao alarmed the Soviets in the 1950s when he told Soviet leaders that China could easily withstand the loss of tens of millions of its people in the event of a nuclear war. Thus, MAD was not a deterrent to him.

I cannot imagine standing like that, by myself, to block those tanks. I wonder whatever happened to that man?


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#174353 - 06/04/09 04:01 PM Re: This is what courage looks like. 20 Years Ago 2Day [Re: Dagny]
Chris Kavanaugh Offline
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He probably escaped to the west only to be run down by a soccer mom in a SUV.
I have no love for HUMMERS,either for military use or civilain. but look who we sold it too.
And now that your moderators have stepped close to the edge of our rules- please, temper all comments.

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#174355 - 06/04/09 05:51 PM Re: This is what courage looks like. 20 Years Ago 2Day [Re: Chris Kavanaugh]
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There was an article I JUST read the other day about him, I believe;he was either exiled to Taiwan, or migrated to the US, IIRC. There were two stories; one about that guy above & one about the student leader. I dont recall which was which.
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#174358 - 06/04/09 06:06 PM Re: This is what courage looks like. 20 Years Ago [Re: Chris Kavanaugh]
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Seven or eight years ago I spent July 4th wandering around Tiananmen Square and then walking through the Forbidding City.

Lots of guards. Lots of folks flying kites. Mostly tourists like me. Still, overall, it was pretty empty. I wondered if many locals just don't go there.

It was a very emotional experience having watched the uprising via television.


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#174371 - 06/05/09 12:22 AM Re: This is what courage looks like. 20 Years Ago [Re: KenK]
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Seven or eight years ago I spent July 4th wandering around Tiananmen Square and then walking through the Forbidding City.

Lots of guards. Lots of folks flying kites. Mostly tourists like me. Still, overall, it was pretty empty. I wondered if many locals just don't go there.

It was a very emotional experience having watched the uprising via television.


Same here. I was a junior in college when I watched this go down. I remember the Chinese grad students in a frenzy trying to pass information back to their friends in China as the news there had been blocked out...

I never would have guessed fifteen years later I'd be there.


It's probably a good thing that DW wouldn't let me bring along a line of toy tanks to re-create the scene...

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#174372 - 06/05/09 01:02 AM Re: This is what courage looks like. 20 Years Ago 2Day [Re: MartinFocazio]
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I'm going to be honest.

I can't say that I would have the courage to do the same.

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#174373 - 06/05/09 01:12 AM Re: This is what courage looks like. 20 Years Ago 2Day [Re: MartinFocazio]
ironraven Offline
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20 years later we don't know for sure what his fate was, or even what his name was. I do know this:

We should all hope we can do as well in the same position.

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When a man dare not speak without malice for fear of giving insult, that is when truth starts to die. Truth is the truest freedom.

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#174383 - 06/05/09 05:03 AM Re: This is what courage looks like. 20 Years Ago [Re: ]
CANOEDOGS Offline
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i was out in the woods for this,when i got got back and saw all the re-runs of the tank man my first thought was that sooner or later things would work out in China because anyplace else--right here included--they would have run him right over..

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