Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Iris Chang just took her own life. She is best known as the author of a book on the Rape of Nanking, but I know her just as much for "Thread of the Silkworm", a book on the truly strange life of a Chinese-American rocket scientist who was kicked out of the United States by McCarthyists, and went on to design the Silkworm missile for China. (With a brief sidelight on a Crowleyite cult group which included some of the founders of JPL at Caltech and, of all people, L. Ron Hubbard).

I don't know what demons were chasing her, but whatever they were, may she rest in peace.


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