Will Inboden remembers the Tianamen massacre twenty years later:
Tiananmen is not just one tragedy but several. There is the tragedy of the bloodshed itself, and then the tragedy of the government's suppression of history. One distinction of a healthy society is how it treats its past. Every nation creates its own myths, but a confident and free nation will be open about its history, and will allow all of its people -- especially dissenters -- to examine, debate, contend with, and continually reinterpret the past as new evidence comes to light, all in an ongoing search for truth. An insecure and closed nation will distort its history, and use the past as a crude instrument to control its people in the present.
Fallows wrote about these lost memories a few days ago.
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