Wednesday, August 16, 2006

News of the Day (August 16)

From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: The Korea Liberator looks at the possibility of Japan developing nuclear weapons and has the latest Stalinist North Korea news.

More on the Communists' Korean colony: The 6.25 War Abductees’ Family Association issues new report on the Stalinists' kidnapping activities during the Korean War (Daily NK); Open Doors International Director Paul Estabrooks tells Radio Free Asia " that of 200,000 Christians residing in North Korea, 50,000-70,000 believers are being detained in gulags" (Daily NK).

On the Middle Eastern proxies: The Bush Administration has been reduced to criticizing the regimes of Iran and Syria for claiming victory in the Israel-Hezbollah battle (Voice of America via Epoch Times). Meanwhile, Syrian tyrant Bashar Assad publicly defied the very cease-fire resolution that spared Hezbollah (United Press Int'l via Washington Times); the terrorist group itself quickly followed suit (Washington Post). As for Israel, the watch-phrase was "invincibility myth" - as in no longer reality (National Review Online, Washington Times, World Net Daily). Not even the vaunted Mossad was spared: "Israel's storied foreign-intelligence service failed to fully understand the threat posed by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, based on a view among many analysts that the guerrilla organization was an evolving political group" (Bill Gertz, Washington Times). Israeli public opinion is not happy with the cease-fire: "70 percent of the public said they think Israel should not have agreed to a cease-fire . . . More than half of those surveyed (57 percent) think that Defense Minister Amir Peretz needs to resign" (United Press Int'l via Washington Times, emphasis added) - I wonder if that was in part in reaction to Peretz spouting yesterday's Ignorant Comment of the Day (third item). The long knives, as it were, may come quickly (Los Angeles Times). As for international reaction, Ed Koch (Newsmax) remains upbeat but sober; Cal Thomas (Washington Times) is just sober; Michelle Malkin (Cybercast News) finds more evidence of media manipulation, and David Ignatius (Washington Post) pens the Ignorant Comment of the Day. More ominously, Sudan, another radical Islamic tyranny friendly to the Communists, said "vowed to emulate Hezballah in Lebanon" (Cybercast News) should anyone try to stop its rampage in Darfur. The mullahcracy also announced it was "ready to discuss the dispute over its nuclear program" (VOA via Epoch Times), but refused to actually stop doing what caused the dispute - namely, weaponizing uranium.

David Kilgour looking for 2008 Olympic Boycott: The political half of the Kilgour-Matas team said if the organ harvesting in Communist China continues, "I would hope a lot of countries, including Australia, would call for a boycott of the Olympic Games in Beijing" (AAP via 9MSN). Communist China, meanwhile, decided it was a good time to loudly insist the Aussies protect its embassy's "dignity" (The Australian).

More on organ harvesting: Sadly, longtime Chinese exiled dissident Harry Wu has chosen not to believe the reports of organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners by the Communists. Maddeningly, he went further and called them an outright lie. The spiritual group has now responded (Epoch Times).

Communist China's new target - satellite TV viewers: Communist China has begun a new crackdown on viewers and installers of satellite television (Taiwan Central News Agency via Epoch Times); the targets are those who look at satellite channels outside the ones the Communists allow.

Enlightened Comment of the Day: Again, I usually don't reserve this prize for interview subjects or experts quoted, but Brookings Institute fellow Jing Huang has forced me to make an exception with his succinct explanation of the danger from Communist China's make-the-world-safe-for-dictators policy: "What it really challenges is a value system. Who we are and what we want to be" (BBC).

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