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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CHINA’S LOCK-DOWN OF TIBET IS TELLING?   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED RESPONSE TO AN EDITORIAL IN THE TORONTO GLOBE AND MAIL

No, it is this editorial that is telling.

It forcefully brings home the fact that its writer does not understand the situation in China.

China is a land of great ethnic diversity. No government there can afford to have groups making inordinate demands and creating unrest, which is exactly what the original crack-down in Tibet was in response to.

Tibet has been part of China for many centuries. It enjoyed a brief, brief period of a degree of independence.

Most critics of China are not even aware of this history.

I don’t know about the editorial writer, but I vividly remember Detroit being “locked down” with armed forces killing something like 44 rioters in the street and marching around with bayonets.

I also remember a large part of Los Angeles being locked down and more than 20 people being shot by armed forces in the street.

The same for a portion of Chicago.

Oh, and I’d like to see what happens to people who organize a party to give back the Hawaiian Islands or New Mexico or Texas. Believe me, the terror laws would be applied swiftly.

China has done nothing – absolutely nothing – you would not see in the United States under similar circumstances.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CHINA AND THE FAILURE OF OLYMPIC BOYCOTT EFFORTS   Leave a comment

 
JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN THE TORONTO GLOBE AND MAIL

Sorry, but human rights do mean something in China. It is simply ignorant to say otherwise.

And as China continues her climb to a place in the sun, human rights will become increasingly important. That is the story of human civilization.

The average Chinese today enjoys freedoms not known there in the modern era.

Most people going on about Tibet do not even understand what happened, and they utterly fail to have any perspective on world affairs.

Our colossal neighbor to the South is running a CIA International Torture Gulag plus disgraces like Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib. It has murdered the best part of million people in Iraq and destroyed the economy of a progressing country.

They also left three million dead in Vietnam and left a legacy of land soaked with Agent Orange and cluttered with landmines to continue killing and crippling for decades.

China has lived in relative peace for half a century. Today it is rising out of the Dark Ages of Maoism and giving the opportunity to hundreds of millions to better their lives.

All who understand human progress should applaud this.