Tiananmen Square Musings

I was musing on the protests in 1989 in Tiananmen Square today, and on people, after reading yet another story  about  the ongoing disagreements between Google and China.

Frankly I’d love to see Google leave China entirely, lead the wave  of technology companies to leave China high, dry, and alone. I’m not going to see that happen, just as I’m not going to see Apple detach from their partnerships with Foxconn.

However, that is not the point of this post. This post is about people.

Governments are getting very good at pacifying us. How many protests were there in the United States during the Bush Administration? Not enough. How many turned out for the few that happened? Not near enough.

I don’t see the urgency anymore, at least in my own country. Do we have no political and moral leaders who aren’t in office anymore?

Do we have no one that we would be willing to rise up and make our voice heard for?

Do we have no one that we would face down tanks for?

This saddens me.


Our nation was built — built! — by a small group of those willing to face down the most powerful nation in the entire world at the time.

A few of us still are, or were, willing to put themselves in harm’s way.

Remember Rachel Corrie, who died in Palestine/Israel.

Remember those that died at Tiananmen.

Let not their and other’s sacrifices ever, ever, be in vain.

( I thank @iRevolt for making  me aware of Rachel Corrie’s story. You can read about her blatant murder here and about the Tiananmen Incident here )


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