With Thursday’s 75th anniversary ceremonies for D-Day getting so much press, it would be easy to overlook the June 3-4 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square demonstrations and massacre in Beijing, China. This is what China hopes the world will do. Indeed, the government has worked very hard over the years to try to memory-hole that entire atrocity by clamping down on any information about what happened, and how many innocent people it happened to.
In a way, Tiananmen Square is much like D-Day, only the bad guys won. A group of brave young freedom fighters, many still of student age, risking their lives to stand up against a brutal, violent totalitarian regime. They faced head-on a military armed with machine guns and heavy artillery, but unlike the soldiers of D-Day, they didn’t even have rifles. All they had was incredible courage and the hope that the government leaders commanding that military would have either enough basic human decency or fear of worldwide condemnation to order their troops to stand down. Tragically, neither was the case.
Before we turn our attention to D-Day, let’s take just a moment to remember the unknown victims of Tiananmen Square, the incredibly brave student who faced down a tank unarmed, and the demand for freedom that was brutally crushed by a government that still hides the truth today, even as we continue to enrich them by doing business with China on its own unfair terms. We must commemorate it because doing so in China is banned. Beijing even imposed an “information lockdown” Tuesday to insure that nothing was said or if it was, that nothing could be heard.
Vice President Mike Pompeo, the government of Canada and other world leaders called on China to make a full accounting of the victims of Tiananmen Square, but China responded as expected, by condemning critics for "grossly" intervening in their internal affairs, calling that "an affront to the Chinese people and a serious violation of international law." As if turning tanks and guns on unarmed Chinese students was not.
Some brave pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong did dare to commemorate the anniversary, as they worry about how long they will have enough freedom to do so under Chinese rule.
This is a must-read article by Fred Gedrich, who was on assignment for the State Department in Beijing when the massacre happened. He, at least, has the freedom to tell us what he saw on that infamous day.
Finally, kudos to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham for noticing something that also infuriated me when I saw it on TV during the coverage of President Trump’s visit to London. Naturally, the anti-Trump protesters got plenty of TV face time, including a woman who spoke for a small contingent of self-described communists. Laura picked the perfect word to describe them: “clueless.”
These people brand Trump as an autocratic dictator without giving the slightest thought to the fact that they had the freedom to protest in the streets and denounce leaders in public with no fear of being gunned down or crushed by tanks – and they were doing this on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre – while pushing the very same toxic philosophy represented by the actual communist dictators of China who gunned down unarmed protesters for criticizing them. That represents so many layers of foolish obliviousness, it’s like making a wedding cake out of stupidity. That woman’s Trump nickname should be “Betty Crock.”
The 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion is tomorrow, June 6th. But on Wednesday, the President and First Lady joined British Prime Minister Theresa May and other world leaders for a a 75th anniversary commemoration of the departure of British troops from the south coast of England to join the D-Day forces. The Royal British Legion brought about 300 of those surviving veterans, now aged 91 to 101, to the ceremony in Portsmouth.
Since the survivors are now few and very advanced in age, it’s likely this will be the last major anniversary that they will be able to attend, so Great Britain has vowed unprecedented events and ceremonies to honor them. You can read more at the link, see some terrific photos, and watch video of the ceremony (streaming live at this writing, it should be archived there by the time you see this.) You can also read about an amazing event that already took place in France, where U.S. Army Rangers climbed the jagged cliffs of Normandy's Pointe du Hoc to honor the soldiers who scaled them 75 years ago, with the Germans shooting at them as they climbed.
Worth noting: French President Emmanuel Macron was at the Portsmouth ceremony and is taking part in various D-Day events, but he’s spurred a furious backlash by declining to attend the main event at the center of the Juno Beach sector where British and Canadian troops joined the Allies storming ashore to liberate France.
Among the reasons (or excuses) for his absence: he’s concentrating on events focused on the French contribution to defeating the Nazis (fine, but can that not be done some time other than on the 75th anniversary of D-Day?); French Presidents normally only attend on 10-year anniversaries (as already noted, this is likely the last time veterans will be able to attend; they can’t wait until the 80th); and as the French Armed Forces Minister said, "I think it’s a question of planning, and it’s not that simple for the President to do everything, from a financial point of view.”
Considering that without the D-Day invasion and the soldiers who sacrificed their lives and limbs to liberate France, President Macron might today be a low-level bureaucrat in the German government of Paris, if he were alive at all, I would think he would be able to find the time to attend.
There’s more on this story at the link, along with some great photos, maps, actual D-Day invasion video footage, and fascinating background on D-Day that you might not know, including why it was called “D-Day” and what the “D” stands for.
If a liberal politician gets famous enough, he or she never has to worry about being voted out of office because friendly liberal Hollywood studios and New York book publishers will always be there to offer fat contracts to continue supporting them in the lavish style to which they’ve become accustomed, all at stockholder expense. And so, it’s reported that “unnamed studios” are in talks with Hillary and Chelsea Clinton about forming a production company to create film and TV projects. Because they have such a fantastic track record in that highly-competitive field.
Well, even if they have zero experience at coming up with stories that would make great movies, they can always let other people pitch ideas to them. In fact, they’ve already had a great idea for a movie plot come in over the transom, but I doubt that Hillary will greenlight it.
Must-see story and video: This is both a tale of the miraculous survival of a Christian believer targeted for a horrific death by ISIS, and a needed reminder of the undiluted evil and depravity of that particular enemy.
Comedian Tracy Morgan bought a $2 million Bugatti Veyron supercar in New York City and 30 minutes later, less than half a mile from the dealership, he had a car wreck. Fortunately, neither car was badly damaged. It was just a fender-bender, so to fix it, I estimate labor should run about $200 and parts, about $250,000.
Here’s my question: if it takes 30 minutes to go less than half a mile, why do you need a car with a top speed of 268 mph? In New York City traffic, you could get there faster on a skateboard. Plus you wouldn't have to pay Mayor DeBlasio's "congestion pricing" traffic tolls.
Leftist politicians and celebrities might have blamed the NRA for the Parkland school shooting, but fortunately, Florida officials had enough sense to put blame for that preventable atrocity where it actually belongs. First, with the replacement of the incompetent, lying, blame-shifting sheriff. And now, former deputy and school resource officer Scott Peterson is being made to face the music.
Peterson was dubbed “The Coward of Broward” for sitting outside the school in safety, doing nothing while the shooter mowed down children inside. He even directed other arriving officers not to go in. Tuesday, Peterson was fired and slapped with 11 charges, including neglect of a child, culpable negligence and perjury. If convicted on all counts, he could receive over 96 years in prison.
Peterson made Barney Fife look like Captain America. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, who chaired the commission that investigated the shooting and made recommendations for reforms, said, “Scott Peterson is a coward, a failure and a criminal” whose arrest was “absolutely warranted,” adding, “There is no doubt in my mind that because he didn’t act, people were killed.”
Let’s all hear it for the Florida officials who are showing the rest of the nation how to respond to a heinous act like this: not by falling back on partisan clichés and irrelevant political talking points that will do no good, but by identifying what actually allowed it to happen and fixing it, and by identifying those who were really responsible and holding them to account.