Fate of a peaceful man in a cruel country

“I hope I will be the last victim of China’s long record of treating words as crimes.”

In 2009, Liu Xiaobo was about to be sentenced for incitement to subvert state power, according to the July issue of The Economist.

Liu had been outspoken concerning an event at Tiananmen Square. The world noticed his character, one unafraid of speaking the truth, and that China has a virulent history of outrageous human rights violations.

Many years ago, I hosted a female student from a local college. To attend the college, she had to appear in front of a communist community cohort that investigated and challenged her reasons for wanting to study in our country. She told me that her...