Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A622-W384

魏京生基金会新闻与文章发布号: A622-W384


Release Date: April 3, 2011



Topic: Persistence is the Treasure -- Wei Jingsheng

标题:革命贵在坚持 -- 魏京生


Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)



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Persistence is the Treasure

-- Wei Jingsheng



Libya's rebel army and the mercenaries of Gaddafi are still fighting.  Gaddafi had the foresight to store a large amount of gold and foreign exchange.  So even if the Western countries impose economic sanctions against him, he still has a lot of cash to pay mercenaries a thousand dollars per person per day.  Once, mercenaries almost wiped out the rebel army.


With strong urging from the international community, the United States and Europe finally took action with air strikes to force Gaddafi to retreat to his home base.  The war then started to lean in favor of the rebel army.  One of the important pressures on the international public opinion that turned the situation around from dead back to alive, was the role of the overseas Libyan opposition.  For a long time, they have been appealing and explaining to the international society for it to understand the nature of Gaddafi's dictatorial regime.  Thus they were able to play an important role at a crucial moment for the international society to make a decision that was beneficial to the Libyan people.


As the old Chinese saying goes, three feet ice is not from one day of freezing, just as Rome was not built in a day.  To deal with a gang of sophisticated dictators not only requires wisdom and courage, but even more needs persistent resilience.  Dictators do not lack enemies.  However, the reason that dictators could have long-term dictatorships is because most of the resistors lack resilience.  Under the strong pressure of an authoritarian figure these resistors retreat and give up.  They hope compromise would guarantee that they avoid persecution from tyranny.  Instead, the result is that the dictatorship is continued and the majority of people still suffer from the persecution.


However, a few people do persist.  They are willing to endure poverty and persecution.  They go into exile when they cannot live in their own countries.  Regardless of the hardships and difficulties they encounter, they do not give up the uncompromised struggles against the autocratic system.  This is the resilience of the revolutionary, a kind of resilience that seems to be hopeless yet never gives up.  This kind of resilience is to smile at the others' comments about them being a fool while continuing the journey, until all the people are liberated.  With this kind of resilience, a dictatorship which seems to be strong will eventually fall under their feet.


Two hundred years ago, the American people won their freedom in this way.  Today, people in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya will also win their freedom along this way.  The artists like to show the audience the brilliant moment.  However, history tells us that that moment of brilliant blooming requires a long-term silent cultivation of resilient fighting.  Beautiful flowers need sustaining green leaves, while the green leaves came from the slow growth of little seedlings.  Only after the storm of rain and wind, only after one sees the various aspects of the society, will there be the moment of that bloom.


The pioneers of the Libyan revolution began their brave resistance more than thirty years ago.  Shortly after Gaddafi came to power, they announced that Gaddafi was a new dictator, for which they suffered through persecution and went to exile.  The difficulty to live and be understood by the outside, and the smearing and framing by the accomplices of the tyrant may mill away their determination.  In front of these difficulties, many people in exile retreated and depressed, or even fell and surrendered, or chose a way which could be described in a fashionable word as "positive interactions".


As the Western politicians made positive interactions with these dictators, the revolutionaries of Libya were defeated in every battle, yet they persisted with resilience and chose to fight despite every defeat.  While the revolutionaries inside of their country were subjected to continuous raids and betrayals, the overseas opposition became the seed of fire providing continuity, carrying on the spirit and experience of the revolution.  While the dictators could eliminate opposition and revolutionaries physically and mentally in their own country, they could only use slander and framed disinformation against those in exile.  After all, overseas is beyond the reach of the dictatorship, and remains the base for the fire and experience of the revolution to be continued.  Revolutions both current and in the past, in China and other countries, have proved that revolution needs to be resistant and have a base to continue the spirit and experience.  As modern techniques for watching every individual have extended into every corner of the country, only a base overseas cannot be reached by the dictators.


In comparison to the dictators of Libya and Egypt, the Chinese Communist Party's rule is even more stringent and more cunning.  As it tries to eliminate all the opposition seedlings that have shown up, using all means to eliminate overseas opposition has been a long established policy of the Communist regime.  While using the theory of "positive interaction," compromise, and surrender to confuse and soften the opposition movement, the Communist Party opened up a new battlefield.  They have tried to cut off all the financial resources and terminate the communication measures of the opposition movement.  Spending a huge amount of money and manpower to build up an Internet blockade is one of the public measures by the Communist regime that many people know of.


But others may not know as well some other long-term effective policies that help the Communist regime to gradually eliminate the opposition forces overseas.  This policy is to cut off financial resources and to eradicate the media.  Without financial support for its activities and communication tools, any movement is hard to be effective; like castrated animals that cannot continue the family line.


The Chinese Communist regime also bought out some Western politicians and scholars, to create some theories which could baffle the others.  The first is that the overseas opposition is useless.  Under the influence of this theory, all western governments have followed a principle of providing aid only to the so-called NGO's inside of a country.  The modern ruling technique could guarantee that all domestic NGO's remain non-revolutionary.  Even though a few slip through, they still can be easily and quickly eliminated.  So, this policy has given the Communist regime a free card.


Yet, even though they have this free card, they cannot really stop the resilient fight of the revolutionary opposition, nor stop the work of the revolutionaries who slip through or continue with non-official support.  So in the past few years, the partners of the Communist Party have had a new job: while penetrating and buying out the overseas Chinese media on one hand, to eliminate the media that it could not buy out on the other.


Even now, there are some Western politicians lobbying the U.S. Congress in an attempt to prove that the Voice of America and Radio Free Asia do not have many listeners so the Chinese service should be withdrawn.  As a matter of fact, this lobbying started several years ago.  The partners of the Chinese Communist Party also keep fighting after they lose each battle, resiliently insisting to withdraw the major source of unfiltered information that the Chinese audience could have.  So the overseas opposition not only has to fight against the open enemy, but also has to deal with these Western partners of the Communist Party, in an effort to retain the supplement of free speech to the Chinese people, to tear a small crack in the media monopoly of the Communist regime, to maintain this very important opportunity to keep the Chinese from being deceived, to retain the little seedling of fire for the future revolution.


Why is the Communist Party so persistent in its effort to eliminate the activities of the overseas opposition?  Why are some Western politicians are so determined to destroy the Chinese broadcasting?  In fact, all these activities prove that the resilient fight of the overseas opposition is the main enemy of the Communist authoritarian regime.  Our comrades inside China who continue their resilient fight need the support from overseas, and the opposition movement overseas also needs the understanding and support of people inside China.  While the special agents try to make "positive interactions" with the Communist party, revolution also needs to make positive interactions with the people.



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(Written and recorded on April 1, 2011.  Broadcasted by Radio Free Asia.)



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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A622-W384

魏京生基金会新闻与文章发布号: A622-W384


Release Date: April 3, 2011



Topic: Persistence is the Treasure -- Wei Jingsheng

标题:革命贵在坚持 -- 魏京生


Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)









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