Chen Guangcheng: The Pompousness Of China Demands America Be Even More Pompous
With the 2012 Presidential election mere months away, would Barack Obama be daft enough to offer an open apology to China for aiding Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, whose only crime was speaking out about the horrors and inhumanity of forced abortions in China? Would Obama, by this apology, thereby provide Republicans their own opportunity to attack Obama on what would be his incredible weakness and insensitivity on human rights abuses? Doesn’t the escape of Chen, and the U.S. involvement in protecting and shielding him from Chinese retribution, box, even intern, Obama into a corner he himself cannot so easily escape?
Either way, Obama is going to piss a lot of people off. Either the Chinese government, if he doesn’t apologize. Or – his entire pro-abortion, pro-population control, Democrat/Socialist base if he does apologize. Will Republicans and conservatives be smart enough to use this issue to excoriate Obama and Democrats, by exposing how insincere and hypocritical Democrats and liberals really are when it comes to human rights abuses – if those abuses are the result of so-called “dissidents” being involved in acts of saving and protecting human life in the womb?
Whatever Obama does (and in all rationality that will not include an apology) there is, and there remains, far too much “ceremony” and “dance” between the United States and China going on in regards to Chen Guangcheng and that apology China demands – and the ridiculousness of that apology.
Indeed, there is, peculiarly and suspiciously, far too much nonsense and shuffling of feet, and of hands in pockets, between America and China on a range of human rights issues. China has even censored Chen’s escape from its own people. Obama is feeling the pressure from all sides to do something for Chen; something which will undoubtedly further antagonize China. But to wash his hands of Chen at this point would further destabilize, demoralize and demonize Obama’s reelection bid.
Chen has since left the U.S. Embassy with the assurance from China both he and his family would not be harmed. Even that begs the question – what kind of a government engages in psychological terror against its own people by threatening to bring harm to one’s entire family for the crimes of that one family member? And, what is China’s word really worth?
And – is it moral to allow some Chinese (and with a population over one billion, “some” is meant to represent millions) to be, and to continue to be, abused and to have their rights, their dignity, their humanity stripped away from them because America is afraid of antagonizing China to the point its shuts its country, and its money, off completely from America?
If China is engaged in such horrific practices against its own people (which there is clear evidence it is); if America is aware of it (which America is); if an “aware” America ignores these abuses, whatever reasons America would offer for turning a blind eye, what does that say about the morality of America? To put it blatantly, America needs to stop sucking up to the Chinese for their money and the money they use to buy American debt. America needs to abandon any fear it has with regards to the Chinese military and its capability, including its nuclear prowess. America needs to put aside China’s power as an economic force in this world. Or, is China’s military, its economy and its money, and the money China uses to buy our debt, worth allowing China to continue, unhindered, abusing its own people? Is it worth buying time, hoping diplomacy will eventually win out and China will see the senseless cruelty it has heaped upon its own people? How many more of China’s citizens is America willing to “throw under the bus” in that meantime?
It is China who owes America an apology for bribing U.S officials to look the other way when it commits human rights abuses against is own people. It is China who owes its own people an apology for the human rights abuses and atrocities it has committed against them. And it is the U.S. government who owes Americans an apology for accepting billions of dollars in blood money in exchange for being so complacent.
It is a fallacy that America needs China’s money, or that America needs China to bail out America’s debt. Our debt crisis can be solved through proper fiscal restraint. It certainly won’t be solved by printing more money, tacking that money onto the national debt and having China continuously buy that debt, in effect buying an even larger piece of America. The debt owned by China is staggering enough already. But – what happens if diplomacy between China and the U.S breaks down because of America’s involvement in helping Chen escape further persecution? America loses an investor? Is that a big deal? Or, to put it another way – is keeping China as an investor worth the continued human rights abuses China systematically, intentionally commits upon its own people?
Isn’t about time we did have leaders with the tenacity and gall to stand up to China? Or do we respect leaders more when they keep theirs mouths shut, their eyes closed, in exchange for all the money China invests in America? No! America need leaders who can openly, courageously, frankly and forcefully, address the human rights abuses in China directly, with less pomp and more pompousness of its own.
Wouldn’t Obama be better to dis China, work first on getting reelection – get reelected – then he can have the luxury all second term Presidents have in that he won’t have the worries associated with campaigning or offending anyone because he is a lame-duck President? At that point he can work to regain Chinese-American relations, whatever that means in the face of continued human rights abuses. That, assuming Obama wins. If he loses (presumably to Mitt Romney) then Chen, and Chinese-American relations become someone else’s problem. But at least Chen, and his family, would have been saved from whatever punishment China might have exacted upon them. Isn’t that worth the gamble of slighting China for the next nine or ten months?
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