Crackdown on Ignorance

Today, Yahoo News posted an Associated Press piece by Gillian Wong.

The lead paragraph says, “An imprisoned Chinese dissident who won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize was allowed to meet Sunday with his wife and told her in tears that he was dedicating the award to the victims of a 1989 military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters…”

When I wrote about part seven of a BBC documentary of China’s Capitalist Revolution, I said, “The protesters were not demanding Western style politics or an end to Communist Party rule as many in the West believe. They wanted the government to listen to their opinions about reforms and corruption.”

The banners the protesters carried said, “We support the Great Glorious Communist Party of China.”

There was no pro-democracy movement. The protest happened impulsively and got out of control like so many things young people do.

Since when has any country allowed hormone driven college students decide the course of a nation? 

The reason those students became heroes in the West was because the Western media made them heroes and turned the fiction of a pro-democracy movement into a fact believed by hundreds of millions.

It seems that Liu Xiaobo believes that fiction too.

If Liu Xiaobo wants to dedicate his Noble Peace Prize to anyone, it should be to the victims of the 2/28 Massacre in Taiwan where almost 30 thousand were killed by Chiang Kai-shek’s troops.

However, the reason few in the West know of this massacre was that Chiang Kai-shek was not only a brutal dictator but a converted Christian and an American ally.

It is regrettable that hundreds of misguided college students lost their lives during the Tiananmen Square Incident, but that doesn’t compare to what happened in Taiwan decades earlier.

In fact, what those unorganized students in Tiananmen Square accomplished in 1989 almost stopped Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms from succeeding. Source: Chinese Pod

See Nobel Peace Prize goes to Liu Xiaobo


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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3 Responses to Crackdown on Ignorance

  1. Casey DuBose says:

    Do you have any substantiation for the claim that the 2/28 incident killed 30,000 people? I see you reference a blog which also has no warrant to the number. I have not been able to find any authoritative source that supports that figure. At most, I’ve seen between 3 – 4 thousand victims cited.

    • Since I cited the Blog that claimed about 30 thousand were killed, why not send a query to the host of that Blog? Where did you find the citation of 3 to 4 thousand victims? That is still about six to eight times more than the quoted victims of the Tiananmen Square Incident.

    • Casey DuBose, no need to check with the Blog cited as a source to substantiate the claim that the 2/28 incident in Taiwan cost about 30 thousand their lives. I researched the topic using different terms to find sources and you will have them on 10/21/2010 at 8 AM PST which is the time I scheduled the post to appear. There will be several links to other sources and one of the links could be considered a primary source – maybe more than one.

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