Friday, March 21, 2008


U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave support to the Tibetan cause on a visit to the Dalai Lama, calling China's crackdown "a challenge to the conscience of the world."

Her criticism added to a chorus of international concern over Beijing's harsh response to the anti-government protests, as China sought to blame supporters of the Tibetan spiritual leader for unrest that is posing the biggest challenge in two decades to Beijing's control of Tibet.
"If freedom-loving people throughout the world do not speak out against China's oppression in China and Tibet, we have lost all moral authority to speak on behalf of human rights anywhere in the world," Pelosi told a cheering crowd in Dharmsala, India, seat of the Dalai Lama's government-in-exile.

She dismissed China's claim that the Dalai Lama was behind the violence in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, as making "no sense."

1 comment:

Dawn on MDI said...

Holy cats! I get work for a couple of days and don't check this thing and today I get swamped with stuff to read! Glad you're back posting!

I am concerned with the China thing. I don't like the government there, I don't like the way it treats its people, and I REALLY don't like that OUR government keeps granting MFN status so that we can buy cheap plastic stuff made by 9-year-olds there at Mall-Warts here.

I would like to see the world boycott the Olympic games this year in China, or else find some other venue to host them... why not Greece again? Didn't they do it last time and it went ok? Or what about Australia? They did a really nice job when it was their turn. The world should not be going to China and spending money and doing breathless, happy reporting from the Imperial City when dissidents are tortured and swept out of sight.

There is such a thing as encouraging progress by forming mutually beneficial relationships with nations that are being urged to make progress, but this is a wholesale whoring out of global commercial interests overriding any sort of political or moral qualms.