Is “Having No Enemies” Appeasement?

On The Independent Review (via Danwei), Professor Xu Yi translates Diane Liu’s strongly-worded attack on Nobel winner and his image as the noble, forgiving “man with no enemies”:

“I have no enemies” is a betrayal of the prisoners of conscience, a defamation of those who perished in the massacre, and an insult to those who have sacrificed so much for the cause of democratization in China. It is a continuation of Liu’s whitewashing of the human rights record in China in the last 20 years, and it is yet another exposure of himself as a hypocrite who always tries to please the Chinese Communist Regime. This is a re-enactment of his speech on the Chinese national TV 20 years ago openly denying that any killing had occurred in Tiananmen Square.

Twenty years ago, Liu proposed his “no enemy” maxim, namely, not treating the Communist Party as an enemy. Today, the moderate collaborationists defend him by saying that this is his “great love” after achieving thorough awakening and enlightenment. In fact, this is deliberately confusing religious and legal concepts by substituting modern legal justice and protection of human rights with religious forgiveness.

We all know that a nation has no future if it forgets its own history. The memorials erected by the Jewish people all over the world tell the world that “those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it.” At the moment when the Chinese Communist Party is trampling human rights without fear, Liu Xiaobo’s call for people not to treat Communism as an enemy is to ask people to forget the crimes committed by the regime, to forget the unspeakable sufferings of hundreds of millions of Chinese people under the totalitarian Communist rule, and to forgive the Communist regime who is still continuing to commit crimes.