dAUgties) - tangentally, I'll admit - to something I touched a little on yesterday; namely, that our current attitude toward various countries has been subject to a perverse inversion recently. Now comes this tidbit of news, that the Empire State Building, one of the most distinctive structures in America and a symbol of our free market and free society, will be bathed in red and yellow lights tonight to honor the 60th anniversary of communist China. Here are some highlights from the last sixty years which we'll be commemorating:
-the Great Leap Forward, China's version of Russia's Five Year Plans. 36 million people died.
-invasion of Tibet in 1950. Tens of thousands are killed in the invasion and ensuing revolt.
-1989 Tienanmen Square massacre of democracy protestors; hundreds are killed by Chinese tanks.
-material and military support of communist movements in Vietnam, North Korea, Laos and Cambodia, resulting in the deaths of millions and the repression of the surviving population.
-class system which treats Chinese peasants little better than serfs, overtaxing them while reserving development and infrastructure for urban areas.
-widespread censorship, restricted freedom of speech, and virtually no freedom of religion.
-gulag prison system similar to that of Soviet Russia.
Happy 60th birthday, People's Republic. And to all those protestors, dissidents, political prisoners, and ordinary men and women who've suffered and died under 60 years of communism and authoritarianism, you're right: those lights on the Empire State Building are telling you to pound sand.