China and Universities
Our discussions on student riots bring to mind the 1989 riots in Tiananmen
Square. President Yang Shangkun, responsible for the shooting and the
dismissal of officers who questioned it, died on September 19, aged 91.
This is an excellent example of a generation gap. We idealize the rioters
and properly condemn the government's actions. However, we do not know what
kind of a government the students would have installed. Unfortunately
there are many cases where such riots have resulted in another tyranny.
Think of Cuba, Iran. Of course, this does not justify the earlier tyranny.
Ronald Hilton, 10-11-98