It is time for the Bush Administration to stand on ethical ground and follow in one of the few steps that the Carter Administration took that was worthwhile; boycotting an Olympiad hosted by a nation committed by their policies to denegration of humanity.
While the Bush Administration used as part of their case to go to war with Iraq the “Moral Imperatives” of the suffering of the Iraqi people, it is notably hypocritical for them to go about with business as usual in their dealings with China.
Is China a major world figure which requires some degree of mutual cooperation, most certainly, however, there is a huge difference between political leverage with a nation of 1.3 billion, and allowing that same nation to put on a public relations blitz that will state how wonderful life in the PRC really is for all people. In 1980, President Carter had the moral courage to make a point, and it would be fitting for the current Administration to do the same.
While the efforts of the athletes is laudable, and their opportunity to perform against the best of the world is regrettable, consider the headlines from just the past week from that beacon of cruelty, China:
Since the invasion of Tibet in 1950, the once peaceful backwater, which is a holy land for Buddhists have suffered some of the worst abuses of human rights recorded in mankind’s history. At the present time the majority of females in Tibet are coerced by Chinese authorities to engage in a lifetime of state mandated prostitution. These girls, often as young as 12, are forced to satisfy the urges of military personnell and party leaders. This horrific practice is not the least of China’s abuses to a land they view as an inseparable part of China. Is a gold medal in synchronized swimming worth this?
Among the pastors who were arrested were four American pastors who were visiting these local ministers and offering them support. Of those arrested six are still being held, and it is believed they will be sentenced to 1 – 3 years re-education, which is code speak for making cheap goods to flood the US markets, remember who you buy from when you purchase items “made in China”. Like Judas loved his 30 pieces of silver, so America loves to save a buck, no matter who really paid the price. Is a gold medal in fencing worth the enslavement of these pastors for their crime of expression of Christianity?
I have posted about this topic extensively, and have included an audio of the victims. Is the barbarous regime from Beijing deserving of a spectacle akin to ’36 in Berlin so that the US Soccer Team may try to defend their medal?
“We were handcuffed, then they would beat us with a rubber tube filled with sand,” he recalled. “On average we are continuously detained in solitude for about 28 days to a month at a time.”
He said the health of most of the prisoners deteriorated quickly as a direct result of the torture sessions and poor diet.
“There was no Tibetan prisoner who did not suffer from kidney disease,” Dorje said. “On a regular basis we were forced to sit on cold concrete floors. So the prisoners were weak and sickly.”
Dorje served a 13-year jail term from June 30, 1992 to June 30, 2005 after taking part in an April 1992 demonstration against Chinese rule in the Himalayan region.
“We were five monks when we protested in 1992. It was during a big meeting when we took Tibetan flags and shouted that Tibet is an independent country and that the Chinese should leave.”
“At that time we were immediately detained by local county police. During detention we were severely beaten and tortured,” he added.
He said the main reasons for the protests were the imposition of China’s one-child policy on Tibetans, severe harships faced by local Tibetan farmers due to Chinese policies, severe shortage of jobs under the pressure influx of Han Chinese into the region, and implementation of patriotic reeducation campaigns in the region’s monasteries.
However, a new “Dream Team” vying for Olympic Gold will make this of little consequence.
A culture is defined by what it holds in value. What does America value is really the question that planned participation in these athletic events, hosted by enemies of mankind who certainly rival Sadaam, will be answered much louder than some may like to hear.