Millions of dead omitted

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 May, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 May, 1999, 12:00am

Anthony Pearson ('Stop this insane war', South China Morning Post, May 14) has a point when he proposes that perpetrators of atrocities should confess and show contrition for their ill deeds.

In this, I presume, he foresees their reform and repudiation of violence. All very noble and worthy. By way of counterpoint to his sneering at the United States, I would like to bring his attention to a letter in the same day's International Herald Tribune which makes the point that the families of the Chinese killed in Belgrade will be long-remembered in the annals of communist China, whereas the deaths of tens of millions of innocent Chinese and minorities killed during anti-rightist campaigns, the Great Leap forward, the Cultural Revolution and the suppression of Tibet can never be acknowledged, much less regretted, by any loyal citizen.

Those killed in the embassy bombing will also be remembered by the communists long after the anonymous bodies of the tens of thousands of Kosovo Albanians, murdered by China's friend, President Slobodan Milosevic, have turned to dust. If Mr Pearson can overcome his myopia, in his campaign to reform evil-doers, perhaps he could find time to put pen to paper on behalf of these marginalised souls.