Friday, January 27, 2006

Great Wall of Rose-tinted Glasses

Okay, I don't want to shock anyone, but this may come as a suprise..

China is not a good country.

In fact, it's a communist dictatorship, which is a serial human rights offender and is still illegally occupying a neighbouring country (Tibet). It has nuclear weapons and was responsible for Pakistan's aquisition of nuclear technology, which started the whole ball-game rolling in Iran and Libya.
And the Government regularily cracks down on religious minorities such as the "unofficial" Catholic Church (the real, non State controlled one) and the Falun Gong.

And do you remember Tiananmen Square?

Yeah, that was the one where the Chinese Government sent the army in to quash a student protest for democracy.
These are the people being eulogised by every Western leader that comes crawling cravenly to Beijing for a sliver of their giant economic pie.

As you might imagine, our Taoiseach (never above shaking hands with murderers) is regular visitor, and has repeatedly refusen to take a stern stance on Chinese human rights, or lack thereof. It really irritates me to see all our political leaders leave the morals and the notion of freedom that are the very heart of our democracies behind when the Chinese are on the agenda.
The Chinese are a bunch of bully boys waiting to get enough clout on the world stage before they start throwing their weight around. As een from their softly-softly attitude on Iran, they cannot be trusted to follow general Western concepts on non-proliferation and it's about time people woke up to the fact that China's economic boom has not changed the underlying miasma of its political scene.

This post, incidentally was inspired by Google's decision to censor itself volountarily for its new search engine. Despite refusing to hand over information to the Bush Administration in America, they are only too happy to screw other nationalities in the persuit of a quick buck. Google grew up in a lot of people's eyes in recent days, I think. It went from being this darling phenomenon that has revolutionised the internet to a faltering corporate whore, with all the deficiencies that are associated with that.

China is a powerful dictatorship with nuclear weapons, a cruel justice system and a..novel attitude to human rights. And we prostitute ourselves before it. That really is sickening.


Blogger Robin said...

"The Great Firewall of China"

12:31 PM  
Blogger FJR said...

Yes..that caption came to me, but has been used by every columnist in every paper in the past week!

4:12 AM  
Anonymous Neil L said...

China not a good country......just ask Taiwan

5:14 PM  

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