Tiananmen Square Revisited

July 23, 2010

When I was writing and posting Part 8 for China’s Capitalist Revolution, there was a scene in that segment of the documentary of a student dressed in pajamas sitting in a chair.  This so-called student leader for the Tiananmen Square incident was rude, arrogant and demanding.

There was no sign of the piety I see everyday—that I have lived with and witnessed since I married into a Chinese family. My wife and her family lived in China during Mao’s time. They suffered through the same changes everyone else did but their respect for piety never changed.

I read the “What is the truth about Tiananmen Square?” post again.

Why did President H. W. Bush change ambassadors in the middle of the incident with a man who had once been an operative for the CIA working in Asia inserting agents into China? James Lilly wouldn’t have to meet with the students himself. He knew who the double agents in China were. He had to know.

“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.” Source: China’s Capitalist Revolution, Part 7

It was the Western media and the rude, arrogant students, who turned the event into a democracy movement but only after Lilly was in the country or on his way. Did President Bush seize an opportunity?

In fact, it wasn’t until after that student treated his elders with disrespect, that Deng Xiaoping sent the troops in—a reaction to be expected in a country with a collective culture like China’s where practicing piety is the same as breathing.

What choice did he have?  After all, the students had demanded the negotiations be broadcast live on TV to the nation. Embarrassed in front of the country he ruled, Deng had no choice. It was a great loss of face for him and the government.  Loss of face is probably the leading cause of suicide in Asian countries like Japan and the two Koreas.

That student acted as if he was untouchable–that he had insurance. Maybe he did. He had taken a huge risk to gain face, and it turned into a tragedy.

Moreover, why has America’s media made such a big deal out of the Tiananmen Square incident where hundreds died and almost nothing about the slaughter conducted by (an American ally) Chiang Kai-shek’s troops in Taiwan where almost thirty thousand were murdered? See 2/28 Massacre in Taiwan


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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Imperial Power or Republic

June 25, 2010

Did you know that after World War II, the CIA recruited Nazi war criminals to help fight the Cold War? Source: Third World Traveler

The Associated Press reported recently in Lessons from failed Cold War spy mission in China that the CIA admitted a cloak-and-dagger plot to destabilize China in 1952.  When the plot failed, there was a cover up. Now, the mistakes the CIA made are being used as a teaching tool so the next time the CIA plots regime change, they have a better chance to succeed.

However, the CIA should have learned that lesson in 1953 when the agency replaced the elected prime minister of Iran, an ardent nationalist, with Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, a dictatorial monarch, who—due to his brutality— was replaced in 1979 by American hating Islamic Fundamentalists. Source: New York Times

Then there was the CIA’s support for the Dalai Lama in the 1960s as reported by the New York Times followed in the 1980s by the The Iran-Contra Affair during Reagan’s Presidency. Later, President H. W. Bush issued six pardons to the Reagan loyalists—or should I say patriots—who went to jail for illegal activities while serving in President Reagan’s administration.

The CIA’s crowning achievement was when the agency become the “World’s Real Drug Lords” as reported in Serendipity, which chronicles the CIA involvement in the drug trade from 1947 to the 1990s.  If you ever wondered how marijuana, cocaine and heroin addicted so many in America and other Western countries, you need look no further. In fact, after the West lost China as the dumping ground for drugs like opium, new customers were needed to keep the gold flowing.

Do these actions by the CIA support the language of the following documents?

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” Source: Declaration of Independence

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Source: Constitution of the United States

See What is the Truth about Tiananmen Square?


Lloyd Lofthouse is the author of the award winning My Splendid Concubine and writes The Soulful Veteran and Crazy Normal.

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