Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Kudos to Nancy Pelosi for standing-up to China's thuggery

I wish more of America's so-called leaders would stand up and join House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in condemning the Chinese communist government and calling for an American boycott of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. China's oligarchy and the bloodthirsty regime it controls makes the late Fidel Castro look like Mr. Rogers by comparison. Castro was what he was when he was alive (see footnote), but he treated his neighbors far better than China has Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea and Vietnam.

There is no way of knowing the full extent of the human atrocities to occur at the hands of the Chinese government over the past 25 years. There is no independent press in China, so except for on rare occasions, the rest of the world hears only what the fascist regime in Beijing wants us to hear.

A little more than a year ago, a story broke that barely even registered as a blip on the radar in which the Chinese military was raiding people's homes and killing their dogs for one sociopathic reason or another.

This history of violent abuse and murder inflicted by the tyrannical Chinese government onto its people and their pets earns this military-ruled society the notorious honor of sharing the same historical grouping with the likes of Saddam Hussein's Iraq, Castro's Cuba and Stalin's Russia. Yet while America remains firm in its trade embargo against Cuba, and while President Bush is still out defending the decision to invade Iraq in 2003, China is still the #1 supplier of American consumer goods and is a mega-holder of U.S. currency.

When I consider the many horrors of the Chinese government, and add to it the fact that China has been openly practicing and preparing for an attack on U.S. troops and airbases in the region; I feel compelled to extend my deepest and most heartfelt kudos, praise and support to House Speaker Pelosi for having the courage, to not only speak out against China's recent massacre of holy men in Tibet, but to call for President Bush to boycott the opening ceremonies in an effort to shame China into reversing its belligerent position on the Tibet massacres that stemmed from recent protests by Tibetans over China's strictly controlled police state.

Another extremely disturbing development is beginning to surface as new information is just beginning to trickle down to the western media strongly suggesting that undercover Chinese secret police were orchestrating and engineering the violence that was reported as "rioting" in hopes of creating enough chaos that the police could go in and kill everyone they feared may be involved with the kind of peaceful protests one might expect from the Dalai Lama and his followers. To the Chinese oligarchy, peaceful protesting is as serious a crime as treason is here in the United States. The main difference is that in China, the whole concept of a trial by jury is too time-consuming and bad for public relations. The attitude seems to be that the government is infallible, and that a shoot-first, ask questions later approach to law enforcement will ultimately result in less controversy and embarrassment than if the monks were allowed to live and potentially keep causing trouble.

If the United States wishes to maintain any credibility as the world's self-proclaimed moral authority, spreader of democracy, and arch-nemesis of tyranny; more of our country's leaders from both sides of the political isle should join Speaker Pelosi and stand strong with her as she takes on both Chinese thuggery and this glaring and all-too-unfortunate double-standard in American foreign policy.

For the record, I am well aware of the fact that officially, Fidel Castro is still alive. I don't believe this to be true. My suspicion is that Castro died back in the Summer of 2006.

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  1. Unfortunately, Nancy was elected to stand up to George Bush's thuggery, and her spineless capitulation to the administrations blatant attacks on the constitution, to its condoning war crimes, and to its efforts to conceal the depths of its depravity is a disgrace to the democratic party and to the citizens of this country.

    Pointless grandstanding on China is just that---an attempt to pretend to a moral authority she doesn't have

  2. Kevin, I don't necessarily disagree with your first paragraph. I've been extremely critical of Pelosi and would have written about it had I started this blog sooner.

    I do disagree with your second paragraph. While she hasn't accomplished much politically, she hasn't slaughtered any monks in Tibetan temples either, and she does have moral authority to call for a boycott of the shamed spectacle and charade that is the Beijing Olympics.

  3. Venezuela's Chavez sees US role in Tibet violence, says aim is tainting Olympics

    The Associated Press

    CARACAS, Venezuela: Venezuelan resident Hugo Chavez accused the United States of promoting violence in Tibet, saying Washington aims to weaken China and sabotage the Olympics in Beijing.

    "The (U.S.) imperialists want to divide China. And they're causing problems there in Tibet," Chavez said in a speech Monday night. "They're trying to sabotage the Olympics in Beijing, and behind that is the hand of imperialism.

    "We ask the world to support China to neutralize this plan, which aims to sabotage the Olympics," he added.

    The deadly riots in the Tibetan capital Lhasa this month have been the largest and most sustained in almost 20 years, and China has blamed followers of the Dalai Lama for the uprising.

    Chavez has built close ties with China and said in an earlier speech Monday that U.S. "imperialism is on the offensive" there.

    "You see the images of the violence in Tibet. Who is that against? Against China," Chavez said. "It's the (U.S.) empire that wants to weaken China, because China is rising up."

    Chavez, who survived a failed coup in 2002, has often accused the U.S. of trying to topple his own government — something U.S. officials deny.