Twenty years ago , a man stood in the way of tanks on the Avenue of Eternal Peace in China. He did it for what he believed to be a worthy cause. Few of us will ever be called upon to put our core beliefs and convictions to such a test. How well would we fare? Sure, we like to think we will either "do" or "not do" something, but until we are actually standing alone "in front of a tank" for those beliefs, we don't really know for sure.
The protest was eventually crushed with force. Nobody knows what happened to that man. In fact, we don't know much about what happened to a lot of people on that day. The Chinese government has successfully erased its brutal response to the protest in Tiananmen Square from its own history books. Not many of the young in China even know of the events of that day. Fortunately, they can't remove what happened from the world's collective memory. It is our duty to remember. Not for justice or retribution, but for history. This is what happened in Tianamen Square on June 4, 1989. [Permalink] - Twenty Years Later