Saturday, August 16, 2008

Where's The "Tank Man?"--Looking Back While Looking At

In. In. In.

Maybe. Maybe not.

We'll see.

With the Olympics in Beijing and me talking to Varian, I want to know (and the world should know)--what happened to the "Tank Man," the guy who faced down tanks, then disappeared from existence after Tiananmen Square?

Check this:

"The man stood alone in the middle of the road as the tanks approached. He held two bags, one in each hand. As the tanks came to a stop, he appeared to be trying to wave them away. In response, the front tank attempted to drive around the man, but the man repeatedly stepped into the path of the tank in a show of nonviolent action. After blocking the tanks, the man climbed up onto the top of the lead tank and had a conversation with the driver. He is believed to have said "Get out of my city, you are not wanted here."

Obviously, this rashed a few sacks, because nobody knows anything about anything when it comes to the legendary "Tank Man." Footage of whom Time Magazine dubbed the "Unknown Rebel" was smuggled out of China and he...well, who knows? Here's what the Chinese Government had to say:

The last official statement from the PRC government about the "Tank Man" came from Jiang Zemin in a 1990 interview with Barbara Walters. When asked about the whereabouts of the "Tank Man", Jiang responded that the young man was "I think never killed."

Creepier than anything posted yet. What happened to the "Tank Man?"

I want to know.


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