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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Bush - All Hat and No Cattle

While watching the International version of CNN on Taiwan cable TV, I noticed that the Olympic torch has finally arrived in China. I guess that means the games are about to get underway.

Another thing I noticed is that all the coverage of the lead-up to the Olympics is focused in China's human rights record and Beijing's terrible air pollution problem. At the forefront of the protests are the issues of China's restrictive policies regarding the personal freedoms of its own people, its oppression of Tibet, its genocidal crackdown in the Darfur region, and its policy toward Sudan.

Personally, I find all this politicking before the games to be ridiculous and hypocritical. Politicians with their fingers in the wind are trying to win the favor of the electorate, and gain positive favorability ratings, both at home and abroad. President Bush even chimed in, stating:

America stands in firm opposition to China's detention of political dissidents, human rights advocates, and religious activists. We speak out for a free press, freedom of assembly, and labor rights not to antagonize China's leaders, but because trusting its people with greater freedom is the only way for China to develop its full potential. And we press for openness and justice not to impose our beliefs but to allow the Chinese people to express theirs.

Bush's talk of human rights, labor rights, and freedoms smacks of hypocrisy. That is not to say that Bush is incorrect about the state of affairs in China. In fact, he is right on target. China's record in these areas leaves much to be desired. One only has to view Amnesty International's report on China to see that.

The point is not an issue of China's human rights record. It has more to do with the fact that Bush is the one putting the spotlight on the issue. "W" needs to clean-up his own back yard before he starts pointing over the fence. Perhaps he should reference the bible that he claims to love so much before making such remarks. If Bush will recall, the gospel (Matt 7:3) states, Why do you see the speck that is in your brothers eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

Bush speaks of human rights violations in China, but thinks nothing of maintaining secret prisons, or killing hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in Iraq simply to gain a strong foothold on access to the regions oil reserves. Bush's suport for the tyrannical and oppressive Saudi regime is another case in point.

Bush speaks of labor rights in China, but thinks nothing of allowing US corporations to exploit the undocumented foreign workers that pour over the Mexican border every day. He thinks nothing about the allowing the importation of cheap goods produced overseas in the sweatshops of Asia.

Bush speaks of the denial of various freedoms (speech, press, religion, free association, etc) in China, yet continues to a trade with China on a balance that is heavily in their favor. Did I mention that Bush also maintains favorable relations with the Saudis?

Despite all his rhetoric, Bush is planning on attending the Olympic games. Now there's a man with convictions for you! Bush can talk the talk, but apparently he can not muster up the courage to walk the walk. The man is all hat and no cattle.

So much for all his cowboy swagger.


At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Ron C. said...

Hi, Joe -- Great article (and very well written). Bush talking about human rights has about as much credibility as Exxon talking about energy conservation. His recent statements about the Russians attacking Georgia (as brutal as it has been), "Russia has invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatened a government elected by its people. Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century.", similarly has very little credibility when you consider the brutal invasion and occupation of Iraq. I guess invading a non-neighboring state to gain a geo-political (i.e., world oil) advantage must be OK in Bush's book. As an analog to the Matthew passage, I would also suggest that Bush should remember that those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones!

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