The Wrath of Deng

The old men emerge on top, but their compact with the people is shattered

Chip Hires / Gamma / Eyedea

Knowing efforts will probably prove futile, Zhao pleads with students to "treasure their lives" and end their hunger strike.

Surely this way madness lies. Having suffered through the massacre of thousands, China continued to lose its mind, lurching from question to question, contradiction to contradiction, sorrow to sorrow. Who was in charge? Would soldiers of the People's Liberation Army fight one another? Had the yearning for political change been snuffed out or merely suspended? What next for an anguished nation of 1.1 billion?

China last week was not the China of freedom banners and victory signs. That China perished on June 4. The new China brutally rejected the demands for change that are sweeping the Communist world. But in ordering...

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