Sunday, June 19, 2011

June 4 Judgment Justifiable

I sent my earlier post “What happened in 1989?” to the “letters to the editor” section of a local newspaper. But I did not really expect the editor to publish it, because of some of the fairly strong words in there.  Several days later, my letter was actually published. It was toned down significantly, but with the main conclusions intact.  To some extent, one can still say what one wants to say in Hong Kong.  


Upon request, I am attaching the original post below, so you can see what had been changed by the editor.

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What happened in 1989? 

Some people say this is not yet the right time to make a final judgement on June 4, 1989.  In fact, it is amply clear, for anyone who care to look, what had happened.  A large number of young people stood up to demand peacefully that China open up both economically and politically.  A lot of people across the nation agreed with them.  It was a great opportunity for China to take a big step forward towards modernity. 

Unfortunately, some people who were in power but were small-minded and selfish were afraid of losing their power.  They convinced DXP, who held the ultimate power, that his position was threatened, that chaos and violence were imminent.  If DXP had sided with the reformers, he would have been the hero who opened the door for China at a pivotal moment in history. 

Instead, he sided with the small-minded LP and will forever be known to be lacking the courage to take China forward when the opportunity presented itself.  Instead, he ordered or at least agreed to the massacre.  He failed the test when it counted. 

God likes us to be released from oppression, whether it be physical, economic, political, or spiritual.  People who work for liberty and respect for humans are on God’s side.  Small minded and selfish people who exploit and oppress others are despised and will eventually be discarded by history. 


Esther LEUNG said...

Would you mind showing us the original passage?? Tks!

StephenC said...

It is the post on June 9.

KYLE said...

it'll be a long time for china to be a real democracy.'cause you can still find that most chinese are ignorant of JUN 4;they don't even expect a democracy;they don't care if the country is a democracy.而家中國人眼入邊就得一樣嘢:錢

StephenC said...

Yeah. For most, it is money. For some, it is power. Either way, democracy is not in the agenda.