At a memorial this morning for the lives lost in the tragedy that happened on September 11, 2001, a Chinese friend of mine sat with me. She later quietly told me what happened on that very day when she was in China.
The media in China, entirely controlled by the Chinese communist government, made the citizens feel like the devastation was deserved or acceptable. They even ran polls asking the citizens if it was a “good thing” or not. As unbelievable as it sounds, knowing the atrocities that have happened in China since the Communist Party took power, and my friend’s sincerity, I heard her out.
A native Chinese now living in the U.S., she was ashamed to tell any American what her fellow countrymen in China thought about 9/11 because she knew it was wrong. She also didn’t want non-Chinese to damn them for thinking that way because she said it was the political brainwashing enforced by their government that makes things this way, and that the citizens have no way to find out the truth.
This video shows some of the thoughts Chinese people have towards what we know in the West to be a tragic event. But, please, remember that most, if not all who are interviewed, don’t have free access to the Internet and uncensored information, only Chinese government approved sources. So their opinions, however revealing, are most likely, not truly their own.
Now, to cheer up a little after watching that, check out the new memorial that opened today to commemorate the 13-year anniversary.