Since the uprising in Tibet, Beijing has repeatedly placed the blame for the revolt squarely on the shoulders of the Dali Lama. They have gone on record to accuse him of masterminding some sort of coup in an attempt to undermine the Chinese government in the eyes of the global community. With that rhetoric in view, I have to ask the obvious question: Who do they think they’re fooling?
This is China for God’s sake. Remember??? Red China?
“The country which detains individuals for exercising their rights to freedom of association, freedom of religion and freedom of expression, including the right to impart and receive information, and other basic rights…Many of those detained are held under circumstances that constitute clear violations of due process. Such violations include lengthy detention without charge or trial and depriving defendants of access to legal counsel.”
And they’ve got the gall to call themselves the People’s Republic? What irony!
And now, we’ve got politicians like Pelosi AKA “ol’ Nantucket” and Bush Jr. otherwise known as “Chimpy of II” mouthing the empty rhetoric of, “Let’s not mix politics and sports” when it comes to the Olympics. As if there never was a political element to the games. We know better, but that doesn’t stop political mastheads like Pelosi and Bush from spewing such mindless blather. And it won’t stop the many Kool-Aid drinking Avian types out there from parroting it without ever stopping to examine whether the statement is substantive.
Trying to pretend there’s no political element to the games is like trying to pretend that the “sectarian” violence in Iraq isn’t motivated by religion.
In fact, the very reason, we aren’t boycotting the Olympics is political. We know which side of the plate our bread is buttered on and a few dead and detained Tibetans aren’t going to get us to switch sides. You see, we only care about freedom and democracy when it serves our interests, like in Iraq. As I’ve said before, if only Hussein would’ve had the foresight to invest in industry instead of yellow cake. He’d still be free to exploit and terrorize his countrymen.
Anyway, who cares about a few Tibetans and their abuse at the hands of mother China? Certainly not our government. We’re far more worried about offending China, owing to our dependence on Chinese imports. Meanwhile, we happily export U.S. jobs to mainland China. Thus, we are producing capital for the oppressors. In return for that, we get cheap stuff. But now that our number one export is the U.S. job market, we really need those cheap products. After all, flippin’ burgers down at the Greazy Spoon doesn’t really pay all that well. So the necessity of China’s “imports on the cheap” seems to be directly proportional to our so called service based economy? It’s all good says Uncle Sam.
And the real kicker? Our money enriches a government which treats its citizens like subfodder. That cozy relationship is what got us complimentary tickets to the Olympics and earned us brilliant sound bites like “[the] games are an event that are supposed to be about the athletes, not politics.” Thanks a lot for that empty, dull, and foolish liberwocklike statement Mr. President. And thanks to the other invertebrate leaders of the free world. You so-called beacons of truth and morality. Thank you, thank you, one and all. Yours is a shining example and a thing of beauty to the rest of humanity.