Thursday, June 14, 2007

Celebrating Our Victory Over Communism . . . Sorta

Those of us who live in DC have one more monument in our midst (growing monuments is the city past time). It is the statue in memory of the victims of communism. You remember communism, right? The whole cold war thing? Cuban missile crisis? Reagan and his tear down the wall? German reunification? Remember all of that?

Well we won. And so now there's a monument to our victory over the evil commies in DC. What does the statue look like? Well it's patterned after the "Goddess of Democracy" statue that Chinese students created and carried into Tiananmen Square during the pro-democracy protests of 1989.

Wait, you might ask yourselves. We've erected a statue celebrating our victory over communism, and the design is based on a pro-democracy symbol that was torn down, crushed and steam-rollered over by our current good friends and trading partners - the Chinese? Who are, after all, still communists. And the ones who massacred the students and protesters in Tiananmen Square. Surely this was the perfect opportunity to make a blow for freedom against communist China, right?

Mr. President? He starts out well enough, noting that "evil is real and must be confronted." Surely the next step is to tell China to stop using slave-labor practices and offer democracy to its people, right? Nah, of course not. I was just kidding. Bush goes on to use the opportunity to beg a comparison to his war. "Like the communists, the terrorists and radicals who have attacked our nation are followers of a murderous ideology that despises freedom, crushes all dissent, has expansionist ambitions and pursues totalitarian aims."

So China? Hey, have fun, go ahead & enjoy the Olympics and the favorable trading deals we give you - we forgive you for that Tiananmen Square stuff, after all, if there isn't any film of dead bodies, probably never happened. It's all water under the bridge. So what if you're still communists. At least you aren't Muslim.


Blogger TomCat said...

If China would let him go, Bush would hire the architect of the Tiananmen Square massacre as one of his advisors.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

What country has the monument to the victims of anti-communism? The victims of the Shah of Iran and the "disappeared" of South America and everyone who died at the hands of a pro-American dictator in Africa, Asia and across the globe? Where is that monument to the Cold War?

5:04 PM  
Blogger moville said...

I think Mark's idea about a monument to the victims of "anti-Communism" is a good one. Let the design competition begin!

It's positively ludicrous that Bush compares Al-Quaeda, a shadowy group with a nihilist program, essentially a death cult, with the former Soviet Union and China. Where is Al-Quaeda's army? What is its compelling "expansionist" vision? What are its plans for "world revolution?" It's just nonsense. At one time, Communism was a compelling and revolutionary ideology. Al-Quaeda is a death cult whose ideology could only appeal to a tiny fraction of fellow nihilists.

As is so often the case--remember Iraq and WWII, Iraq and the US Civil War, Iraq and the US revolutionary war?!--there is absolutely no comparison between Al-Quaeda and the "Communist menace." If Bush tried to write BS like that in a lower-division history class, he would get an F, for FLUNK...but somehow this is acceptable in the highest ranks of our national government.

Shame on everyone who voted for him.

11:53 AM  

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