Will The Memory Of The Tiananmen Square Tank Man Be Erased?
Politicians, bureaucrats, and police use extortion and murder to control our lives. With the help of international mega corporations, they shut down avenues of communication and destroy memories of dissent.
This video is from the day after the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
There are very few people in China aware of this image and its history. There is more to this video that you don’t see in the first frames.
He wasn’t wearing a mask and no one claims to know, if anyone knows, who he is.
Was he pulled away from his defiance of a line of tanks by friends or government agents?
The power of one man’s actions were caught on Video, June 5, 1989.
Hundreds, maybe thousands of students were murdered the night before. Tens of thousands of students were protesting on June 4,1989 and many were slaughtered.
It’s difficult to know how many people are murdered by their government when we rely on government bureaucrats for official statistics.
The next day, this unknown man stood in front of and halted a line of tanks. Most of the photos show him standing in front of 1 to 4 tanks.
We never know how far our actions may stretch. Take a look at this one act of defiance. He stopped the entire line of tanks… Unfortunately not forever. But if you and I and our contacts share the images and videos, this single act of defiance may grow to inspire generations of people to refuse to be owned.
There may be other overlooked heroes here as well: Whoever decided not to kill this man may be heroes too… Or they may have waited to do their worst when no one else could see.
Was it the tank crew? Had orders gone out to stop the killing by a higher official?
We will never know if and who protected this man with the courage to face down this long line of tanks.
For whatever reasons, there were no government sanctioned murders this day after all the legalized murders of the night before.
On occasion those with power over others decide, for whatever reason, to protect us from stupidity.
The famous quote, “Power Corrupts, Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely” was written by Lord Acton, an outspoken critic of Power Over Others.
His full title was:
John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, 13th Marquess of Groppoli, (10 January 1834 – 19 June 1902) was an English Catholic historian, politician, and writer. He was the only son of Sir Ferdinand Dalberg-Acton, 7th Baronet, and a grandson of the Neapolitan admiral and prime minister Sir John Acton, 6th Baronet. Between 1837 and 1869 he was known as Sir John Dalberg-Acton, 8th Baronet.
He was certainly among those born to Power.
He is perhaps best known for the remark, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men…”, which he made in a letter to an Anglican bishop.
“Great men are almost always bad men” tends to be the forgotten part of the quote.
I assume Lord Acton meant, “Great Men” are defined as those praised in the press and history books. Academics and news teams overlook the corruption and stupidity of those with political power.
This image may inspire and encourage others. Please share our links, create your own, or find a source worthy of your support.
Here are a few other sources you may find worth your time.
Photo Gallery: Tiananmen Square, 1989
25 years later, Tank Man lives on as a symbol of courage — just not in China
Tank Man (also known as the Unknown Protester or Unknown Rebel) is the nickname of an unidentified Chinese man who stood in front of a column of tanks leaving Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989, the day after the Chinese military had suppressed the Tiananmen Square Protests with massacre.
(Editor – Don’t you love how politicians who ordered the murders of hundreds or maybe thousands are defended with polite words like “suppressed”?),
Remember progress comes from those who quit doing things and thinking like everyone else.
Support the rebels when and where you can.
Thanks. Be Blessed.