This past week marked the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing. Naturally, Trump’s warmongering Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, jumped at the opportunity to wag his finger at the Chinese government.
In “On the 30th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square,” a press statement posted to the State Department’s website this past Monday, Pompeo writes that “we honor the heroic protest movement of the Chinese people that ended on June 4, 1989, when the Chinese Communist Party leadership sent tanks into Tiananmen Square to violently repress peaceful demonstrations calling for democracy, human rights, and an end to rampant corruption,” because as everyone knows the US government respects its citizens’ right to peaceful protest.
The post then continues with the same old fill-in-the-blanks propaganda screed that Uncle Sam uses whenever he presumes to lecture his enemies on democracy and human rights: “China’s one-party state tolerates no dissent blah blah blah Chinese citizens have been subjected to a new wave of abuses yadda yadda yadda as the party builds a powerful surveillance state etc. etc.”
Of course none of this is wrong, as far as it goes. But neither is it the full truth. For one thing, we know that the US government is no shining beacon of freedom nor defender of human rights. Two-party duopoly? Check. Citizens subjected to waves of abuses? Check. Powerful surveillance state? Check. The hypocrisy is galling.
But perhaps even more galling is that the narrative we’ve been told about the Tiananmen Square incident itself isn’t true. Or, at least, isn’t the whole truth. As we can now confirm from multiple different avenues, the US and its deep state apparatus had a hand in the events in Beijing in June 1989, and the narrative we’ve all been fed is an openly acknowledged twisting of the facts.
So what really happened in Tiananmen Square? And what does this mean for us now, 30 years later, as the US and China drift closer to all-out war? Find out the answers to these questions in this week’s edition of The Corbett Report Subscriber.
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