Oppression under cover of war
Posted by aogSunday, 29 June 2003 at 13:11 TrackBack Ping URL
Orrin Judd has a post on the possibly changing relationship between the US and China. The essense is that
The Chinese leadership has used its "partner" status in the world war on terrorism to crack down even further on religious, political and social movements. According to Al Santoli, editor of the American Foreign Policy Council's China Reform Monitor, "Beijing is using the war on terror as an excuse to imprison and execute political opponents and religious leaders," including underground Roman Catholic clergy, democracy activists and the outlawed Falun Gong spiritual movement.
While a realistic re-assessment of US foreign policy toward the PRC is well overdue, what's interesting here is the complaints of the Left about President Bush (and his demon on a leash, John Ashcroft) using the war against the Caliphascists as a cover for turning America into a police state. Yet real oppression in China based on this excuse is blithely ignored. Is it that the ChiComs have wisely never provided their citizens any rights so that China cannot become a police state? Certainly there's precious little the ChiComs could do to the citizenry that would be worse than past and present government policy. Does the basic Leftist belief in Bush's stupidity stem from this, because the Left would never be so stupid as to tolerate the same kind of dissent from the Right?