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Chinese Speak out about WTC
07 Nov 2001
This article that Rip Rense wrote is another example of the gov't mouth piece at work.
Chinese Speak out about WTC

This article that Rip Rense wrote is another example of the gov't mouth piece at work. Everything that he accuses other countries of doing, we have done. He claims that we would not have made a video about our victories but actually we have. During WWII we spent millions making movies distorting the Japanese to stir up war fever, painting the Japanese as subhuman with exaggerated buck teeth.

Let's hope that the next act of freedom fighting lands on Rip Rense and his family. Let's help give R.I.P. Rense a real taste of true life.


On the one hand, there were President Bush and China's President Jiang Zemin in polka-dotted Chinese jackets at the Oct. 19 summit, smiling at one another like fraternity brothers.

On the other hand, there is the new video produced by Beijing Television celebrating the destruction of the World Trade Center. I repeat: celebrating.

Will the real Beijing please stand up?

The Chinese video, "Attack America," reportedly showcases the WTC disaster, ad nauseum, enigmatically intercut with shots from the 1988 remake of "Godzilla," in which the famed Japanese monster stomps Manhattan skyscrapers.

It is not known if the Chinese actually believe Godzilla is a Japanese terrorist, but what is known is that the video narrator declares the following:

This is the America the whole world has wanted to see. Blood debts have been repaid in blood. America has bombed other countries and used its hegemony to deny the natural rights of others without paying the price. Who until now has dared to avenge the hurts inflicted by unaccountable Americans.
Contrast this with President Jiang's remark of Oct. 19: "We are opposed to terrorism in all forms."

But not in the form, apparently, of obliterating close to 5,000 innocent citizens of many nationalities (including Chinese). The video made with full government approval justifies the Sept. 11 killing, suggesting that it was nothing more than payback for various U.S. military actions around the world. Forgive me, but I must go out on a limb here and make a startling assertion: There is a difference between military action, however misguided it can be, and cold-blooded murder of civilians in peace time.

Of course, this is a distinction not commonly made by the Chinese government, which has engaged in cold-blooded murder of its own people through many centuries more recently with the millions slaughtered in the "Cultural Revolution" and the hundreds of nice kids crushed under tanks in Tiananmen Square. It's a tradition!

One can only wonder at China's motive in making such a video which at least implicitly calls for more acts of terrorism against the U.S. (Note also that the title "Attack America," sounds like a command, at least in translation.) What is the advantage in further inciting Chinese hatred of the West especially with the pending 2008 Olympics and World Trade Organization status? Is Beijing that insecure that afraid of the millions of Falun Gong followers in the country? Maybe so. A despotic regime should have much to fear from a group that espouses self-respect, personal freedom, good health and kindness.

Of course, China hands might brush off "Attack America" as just more typical Beijing, anti-U.S. rabblerousing, and maybe they would be right. Turn the tables, though, and a key reason that the fabled "twain" of East and West often diverge is clearly revealed: Would the U.S. government have produced and endorsed a video celebrating a peacetime murder of thousands of innocent Chinese citizens even given our countries' historic enmity? Would President Bush approve a video that haughtily, callously accuses China of bringing terrorism on itself?

Not a chance.

Our government is more civilized than that.

Our government has more sympathy for human suffering than that.

Our government would be the first to console and extend aid to China in such a circumstance.

And so would our major media.

Did President Clinton chortle over the accidental bombing of the China embassy during the war in Kosovo? (And why was that embassy not evacuated?)

Yet Beijing Television defends "Attack America" as "educational," according to a report in the The Daily Telegraph in Britain. Here's what a producer had to say: "There's this need for more information on world terrorism in the market, so we've got to meet it."

To that end, the China propaganda machine is whipping up books, films, DVDs and video games portraying the events of Sept. 11 as glorious replete with the theme from "Jaws."

Yessir, thousands of innocent working people smashed to pulp. Hip-hip ganbei!

Here is part of the narration from one of the films which, for what it's worth, is not an "official," government-approved production:

Look at the panic in (the Americans') faces as they wipe off the dust and crawl out of their strong buildings now just a heap of rubble. We will never fear these people again. They have been shown to be soft-bellied paper tigers.

It's not too late for us soft-bellied paper tigers to rescind World Trade Organization membership for China, or at least push it back to yearly review. It's not too late for us soft-bellied paper tigers to change the location of the 2008 Olympics.

Business interests won't allow either? Perhaps.

But it's not too late for us soft-bellied paper tigers to boycott all Chinese goods, in memory of the men, women, students and babies killed Sept. 11. Check the bottom of those Kobe Bryant space-shoes, that incredibly cheap halogen lamp, jacket, novel or new DVD player. "China?" "Hong Kong?" Don't buy. E-mail the company whose name is on the product and explain why you aren't purchasing. They all have websites.

It's the least that we soft-bellied paper tigers can do.

Rip Rense is a writer and columnist whose work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Emmy Magazine, TV Guide, and Free China Review.
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