Why June 4, 1989 Will Always Matter
Why June 4, 1989 Will Always Matter
Prepared for the 15th Anniversary Commemoration
By D.J. McGuire
Fifteen years ago today, the Chinese Communist Party revealed its true face to its own people, and to the world. The brave souls who died on that day are still with us, and still haunt the Communists to this day. Nearly everyone recognizes the importance of June 4, 1989 in the history of China. However, I believe this day will also be known as one of the most important days in the history of the world.
For on this day, the Communists made their choice. They chose terror instead of tolerance. They chose fascism instead of freedom. They chose blood instead of ballots. They chose carnage instead of consent. On this day fifteen years ago, the CCP turned its back on liberty, its own people, and the rest of the world.
Since then, the Communists have tried long and hard to squelch all talk of freedom within the “People’s Republic,?while struggling for a rationale to justify its brutal regime. They found one, or so they think, in radical nationalism. As such, America became the Communists?enemy, and they acted accordingly: selling arms to terrorist states that wish to kill us, building anti-American alliances throughout the world, turning economic policy into a weapon against America and her allies, and even injecting themselves into American politics to advance their agenda. Their agenda ?at its rotten core ?is this: expand the regime’s power throughout the world to avoid disturbing questions at home. It is the 21st century edition of bread and circuses.
Many, upon hearing this, would wonder: what if the students never took to the streets? Would America and Communist China be friends, as they seemed to be before 1989? To ask this question is to ignore the true nature of the regime. The Chinese Communist Party has no friends. It sees only those it can use, and those it must destroy.
As for the protestors, they were not asking for something “American.?SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> They were asking for something universal ?freedom. Freedom knows no borders, and is beholden to know flag. While love of liberty is inherent in the American way, that liberty is not solely an American concept or desire. The thirst for freedom lives in every man, woman, and child on this planet. No “engagement?between Washington and Beijing can prevent that. The murders of June 4, tragic as they may be, were inevitable. An oppressed people will always demand freedom, and the oppressor will always choose to kill in response. What happens afterward is a question for those who love freedom: will this be allowed to stand? Or will the forces of liberty rise up and say, this far, no farther?
My friends, as the CCP’s anti-American objectives become well known, especially its ties to terrorism in Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and even with Al Qaeda, the American people will rise up and demand its leaders remove this common threat to the American and Chinese peoples. Then, the days of the Communist regime are numbered.
Until then, those who struggled for freedom on that day, and who have continued to do so ever since, have forced the Communists to divert their energies from their anti-American geopolitical plans. They have made the Communists?cold war against the United States much more difficult to fight.
So to those who resist the regime, I say this: you have my undying gratitude. In your fight to free your land, you are also protecting mine. In fighting to bring democracy to China, you are bringing security to America. For this, I can never thank you enough, and I will do all I can to hasten the day when freedom comes to China.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the American and Chinese peoples.
D.J. McGuire is the President and Co-founder of the China e-Lobby, and the author of Dragon in the Dark: How and Why Communist China Helps Our Enemies in the War on Terror.