Views Across A Wide Gulf: Memories That Won't Fade Away

There is a voice in my head that keeps saying "Get over it." And I know I should listen. As a correspondent in Beijing in 1989, I experienced the optimism of that spring's grand democracy movement. And I suffered through the aftermath of the leadership's decision to send troops to Tiananmen Square on June 4. Although to this day no one has the foggiest idea how many were killed (hundreds? thousands?), we witnessed--live--the slaughter of a spirit of hope and idealism. And yet this voice keeps insisting "Get over it."

It is fashionable now to dismiss Tiananmen as a reckless, nihilist...

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