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Old June 4th, 2010, 03:52 PM   #1
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21 Years Ago Today


Hard to believe it has been 21 years already. I remember when I was living in Xi'an back in the mid-90s, some of my students who had been there (and had lost some friends there) showed me pictures they took during that terrible event. They only showed me those pictures once they had come to trust me well, as being in possession of them would have gotten them transferred out of the university and into a different kind of facility. I remember one student who kept his photos taped to the bottom of his bed so no one would find he had them.


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Old June 4th, 2010, 06:59 PM   #2
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Anyone else have any experiences with survivors of the massacre?
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I have never known anyone who was there, and I was only 17 at the time of the massacre. The courage of those people and "Tank man" in particular...that's the type of courage you hope you have when all backs are against the wall.
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I couldn't agree any more, but that seemingly depends to a large extent on the eye of the beholder.


In some ongoing threads, equally courageous unarmed peace activists facing death and the wrath of fully equipped soldiers of one of the best armies of this Planet for the sake of hundreds of thousands of suffering civilians under siege are easily dismissed as boneheaded suicidal semi-terrorists (at best).
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Making suppositions, nothing has been fully determined yet, in those "ongoing threads".
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In some ongoing threads, equally courageous armed peace activists facing death and the wrath of fully equipped soldiers of one of the best armies of this Planet for the sake of hundreds of thousands of suffering civilians under siege are easily dismissed as boneheaded suicidal semi-terrorists (at best).
Maybe you could go on trying to convince yourself that a club wielding mob in a planned confrontation constitutes "peace activists" ON THAT OTHER THREAD.
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Maybe you could go on trying to convince yourself that a club wielding mob in a planned confrontation constitutes "peace activists" ON THAT OTHER THREAD.
I was actually talking about other seudoterrorists, like the tank man here.
(Yup, it seems he was also considered as a terrorist by the Chinese media; let me check out my archive).
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