It happened today - June 3, 2015

Tank ManDoes anyone remember Tienanmen Square? Nominally yes. The heroic protests for liberty (drawing, in part, on Western symbols including American ones, of course). The crackdown that began on this date back in 1989. The vows never to forget. The, um, cozying up to China because they have money. One of these things is not like the others.

In China, it is very hard to find any of this stuff. The Chinese government wants to make China a modern, powerful, technologically advanced nation, but strictly controls the Internet because this freedom stuff can get messy deprived of the wise guidance of brutal corrupt uptight tyrants in horn-rimmed glasses. The Great Firewall of China does not react well to searches like “Tienanmen massacre”.

Nor, apparently, do Western politicians and many pundits. The East Wind, it seems, prevails over the West Wind, and the wise man kowtows if he wants to get money after he leaves politics or investment funds for his decadent Western nation.

Remember that guy who blocked the tank on June 5? Ever wonder what became of him? So probably do his relatives. But the remains have never been found.

Never mind. It was a long time ago. We’ve moved on. And we should do business with China, welcome investment by their state firms in key sectors, sell visas, and not make a huge fuss over their blue-water navy and aggressive territorial claims.

After all, they have money, and that’s what we want, right?