Wednesday, May 21, 2008

China and Tibet

Nice to know there are still some unreconstructed Stalinists out there. A few weeks ago, I heard a radio interview with someone who was described as a senateur socialiste. A bit of googling turned up the name Jean-Luc Mélenchon. This is the report  from Le Figaro

The repression in Tibet, he claims, is all the fault of the US, who seek to provoke difficulties for their enemies at every turn. Reporters sans Frontières, apparently, are linked to the American neoconservatives. Besides, the Tibetans are so ungrateful, since Chinese rule got rid of a feudal system and brought such advances, in terms of life expectancy and increased levels of schooling.

Needless to say, I do not endorse these views. Needless to say, this is not the PS's official position. Previous remarks on unreconstructed Stalinists can be found here.


Blogger V said...

al qaeda was supported by US too. I used to listen American propaganda how al qaeda was a good Islam group that fighting to free their people. Then in the 90 we started hearing story about women, Christians, and people were torture and kill by them in Afghanistan. Sorry religious people should never allow to be a ruler or a leader of anything.

7:28 pm, May 30, 2008  
Anonymous DavidP said...

This assumes that the only axis that matters is secularism versus religion. There are others, such as intolerance versus allowing freedom of thought and belief. As we have seen in Turkey and, to a lesser extent, France, secularists can be just as intolerant.

A very good and, it seemed to me, balanced view of both sides of the argument was presented recently on the BBC "Tibet: the story of a feud" (Google it), Sunday 25 May, repeated: Thursday 29 May 2008.

9:40 pm, June 20, 2008  

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