Pelosi should have stayed in Washington

The useless (to the Tibetans) charade of visiting the Dalai Lama

“If freedom-loving people throughout the world do not speak out about Chinese repression in China and Tibet” Nancy Pelosi said, “we have lost all moral authority to speak on behalf of human rights anywhere in the world”.

She may not be exaggerating. But the issue is not about the freedom-loving people of the world, who are already speaking up against Chinese repression in Tibet. The issue is of ostensibly freedom-loving governments and political leaders of the world, who are not. It is all very well for the Speaker of the US House of Representatives to travel half-way around the world and stand beside the Dalai Lama at this time. It plays well to the world’s television cameras and to Ms Pelosi’s constituents back in America. But by way of meaningful support for the Tibetan struggle, it means little. On the contrary, it will allow China’s Communist party to project the Tibetan protests as part of an American conspiracy to shame China.

If she really wanted to support the Dalai Lama’s struggle, she needn’t even have made the trip to Dharamsala. Perhaps the US Congress could have adopted a stern resolution. Perhaps American congressmen could try and compel the Bush administration to be blunt in its criticism of China. And perhaps (yes, we’re stretching it), freedom-loving American legislators could compel the Bush administration to do something about it.

No, Ms Pelosi and US legislators are not doing that. Regardless of their sincerity, they are content to only put up another show of the dismal political theatre. At the Tibetans’ expense. Ms Pelosi could have spared us this act.

3 thoughts on “Pelosi should have stayed in Washington”

  1. Nitin: Perhaps the US Congress could have adopted a stern resolution.

    When was the last time you wrote a “stern letter” to someone financing your profligate lifestyle? As for Pelosi – she _should_ have stayed in Washington. Someone called her a “media whore”. Much bluster – no substance.

  2. It’s all nice to mock Pelosi, but she is doing more than anyone in India is doing for the Lama or Tibet. So for the Chinese, it’s a conspiracy – so what? The monk with Jackal’s heart (or was it hyena?) needs all the help he can get. And we surely not giving him any, even though our national interest and security will be enhanced.

    Asides, Pelosi will not ask Bush to do anything – she keep asking him not to do anything in Iraq. Any case Bush says he’ll breath some dirty Beijing air come Olympics time…

  3. Nitin,

    Why on earth should americans sacrifice their interests for some baloney called freedom,human rights.Something for libertarians to ponder.

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