Taipei Times: (Letter) Monday, Aug 21, 2006, Page 8 -While China is enjoying an economic boom, it is also faced with a great deal of depressing news. In fact, its dictators are exasperated because more than 12 million people have quit the Chinese Communist Party since the launch of the "Nine Commentaries" on the party. Hundreds of thousands of angry peasants have rioted on the streets and we have seen the shocking exposure of large-scale organ harvesting targeting Falun Gong practitioners.
Among the chaos, there is suddenly a new campaign to reinforce the party. Chinese President Hu Jintao's slogan for the campaign is a call to memorize Jiang Zemin's new book ("Jiang's book hits the `must read' list" Aug. 17, page 4).
I call it desperation. It is pretty safe to assume that this euphoria is not shared by everyone. In the West, Jiang will always be remembered as the butcher from Beijing who cleverly orchestrated the Tiananmen Square Massacre just to get ahead. He also began the persecution of the Falun Gong to gain more power.
His hands are stained with the blood of countless innocent people.
He has put humanity to shame -- why revere him?
Victoria, British Columbia