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Tiananmen, D-Day, and the new world war

By Lisa Van Dusen      

The image of a man staring down a column of tanks in Beijing 30 years ago is an indestructible tribute to what the tanks of D-Day were defending 45 years earlier.

An unidentified man stares down a line of tanks in China’s Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989. The issue with the image for a regime that thinks technology has solved its democracy problem isn’t about the image itself, it’s about the stakes and the example, writes Lisa Van Dusen. Screenshot courtesy of CNN

This column posts one day after the 30th anniversary of the suppression by massacre of thousands of pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, and a day before June 6, the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

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