Does China have the right to defend itself?

This photo was featured in the New York Times today.  If you can’t see it, it is a photo of the debri left in the streets of Lhasa, Tibet after rioters burned chinese shop owners goods.  As you know, Chinese military brutally cracked down on the unrest and killed anywhere from 20 (per Chinese official reports) to 99 (per exile Tibetan groups) people in the process.  Because of this event, we have calls for boycotting the Olympics this summer, and calls from people like Nancy Pelosi to condemn China in its actions.

Now, I am just a little confused here.  Isn’t it US policy to condemn the occupied peoples in their revolts, to encourage passive, non-violent resistance, and to defend the occupiers for their murders of the oppressed, saying that China has a right to defend itself? 

Perhaps my confusion comes from the way the US continuously repeats the phrase, “We support Israel in its right to defend itself.”

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2 Responses to “Does China have the right to defend itself?”


  1. 1 Edmund March 24, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Thank you! ( I will admit that Tibet has a lions share of morality compared to my (the palestinian) people)

  2. 2 RoPiNi March 24, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Yes, the Dalai Lama does well when compared to Arafat, I would think.

    However, them Monks is damn pissed off, and it might not be too long before they adapt some horrific tactics. They seem very angry…and with the whole world watching at the olypics….could be interesting.


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