So, I’m supposed to take the word of the Chinese government, one of the most repressive and brutal regimes in history, that the Dalai Lama is a dangerous insurgent? That’s what they’re asking me to accept – that this self-deprecating, eternally cheerful, thoughtful and gentle individual is a danger to anyone?
Not gonna happen, sorry.
I for one am a bit dismayed that China expects us to solemnly accept and take seriously the fact that they threaten ‘repercussions’ to Der Harpenfuehrer’s meeting with the Dalai Lama. Can they possibly expect us to accept this and do as we are told? Can they realistically expect Canadians to even listen with a straight face anymore?
Seriously, the rest of us, outside a small cadre of power-brokers, have long ago figured out that the ‘Chinese Century’ now refers to the number of beer shots it takes to believe that China is in some way an economic driver of the world of the future. You can bet your investing dollar that the lead-paint sweetness of the initial rush to embrace China has turned somewhat sour. I’m interested in how quickly Mattel was able to shift blame away from their own leadership and onto the Chinese people – the decision to offload manufacturing of Barbies to the cheapest common denominator was not made there, but here, in the corporate boardrooms of America the grasping and avaricious. Nobody but the U.S. parent company is to blame if there was no proper oversight of manufacturing – although, as a mode of conquest, gradually poisoning and reducing the intellectual capacity of the next generation of your enemies stands right up there in the annals of long term planning. Maybe there is enough blame to go around.
Now, as I understand it, there are athletes from several countries currently in China, acclimatizing themselves to the conditions there in advance of the Olympics next year. Just about anywhere else outside of China, and perhaps Eastern Europe, that would be a sound strategy, but in this case some of the athletes are getting sick because of the absolutely horrible air quality. China, as it is becoming obvious, is somewhat lacking in the stewardship department on a number of levels. The coming Olympics, I believe, will be a fiasco, and I, for one, will be watching the action between the sporting events.
So, in terms of an example for the world to follow should we choose to execute and harvest the organs of our own citizens, China stands as a shining beacon. To those of us who think we have a terrible track record with the environment, you can at least take temporary respite in the knowledge that there is someone far worse. Again, setting an example for the world. I would ultimately dismiss China completely as having any realistic chance of maintaining influence on the world stage before everyone there dies of a combination of lead poisoning and terminal asthma, except for…
That one guy.
The one guy, in the white shirt, carrying a shopping bag.
Staring down an entire row of tanks. Tienanmen Square, 1989.
I don’t know if ultimately that guy survived beyond the events of Tienanmen Square, but I hope he did. And that he reproduced, and his children all become teachers. That’s the guy, one of many, who may have died for what they believed in, not because it was doctrine, not because they were threatened with a horrible fate if they did not ask for basic human freedoms, but because it was the right thing to do.
China, and the current Chinese leadership, meh. Who cares what they think in their Animal Farm palaces while others die around them.
But that guy. I’ve never met him, I’ll never know him. But he inspired me like very few others have. That’s the type of person I’d listen to. Thanks, man – wherever you are.