During the Olympics there was an awful violent incident where Americans were stabbed by a random man as they were sightseeing. The attacker just went berserk and stabbed and killed one guy and critically injured three others. It was tragic. I remember thinking why? Of course the Party line was he was a maniac mentally disabled guy who lost control.
Then I watched the Documentary on China called "Tank man". He was the lone man who stood for what seemed like an eternity in front of a row of tanks. Finally after climbing on board and what looked like taunting the driver he is whisked away.
The Authorities are mum...they just say he wasn't executed. Yeah? Hmmm, I think maybe he was immediately shot and killed.
The main body of the documentary deals with conditions of labor and what is still a huge travesty of abuses how so many millions live way below the poverty line and are exposed to labor conditions that are sub human. Unions? Not in China. People are treated worse now in China then before the revolution. I mean horrid conditions, for no pay to make goods for the rest of the world especially for us in USA. Then of course there is the construction slavery. It is slavery really no other name.
So it made me think back to that incident how it wasn't so random and with a bit of investigation I bet the man was suffering from extreme conditions and he was looking for attention. He was looking to show the WORLD that things are not quite what they seem in China. I think he was protesting and we because China (owns our asses) were diverted and told the party line he was insane. Funny how that wipes any and all credibility out the window.
Like Tank Man I want to know his story. He wasn't just a number a wacko and yet he was he chose to do a radical horrible act that took and damaged our lives. People like Paul Farmer keep warning us that unless we help others who are suffering sooner versus later we will get it back in a more harsh way it will impact us. Poverty and Disease will reach our shores our lives unless.
Please rent and view "Tank man" it is important we see and know more about China then what they want us to see. Then maybe it will also make us hesitate before we rush to save a buck at Walmart on any and all goods made there that in fact cost someone toiling for pennies 13 hours, 7 days a week all their young lives. Like blood diamonds China trades in blood products.
I for one am touched to support change.