Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Where does the government end and the criminal element begin?

It's getting harder and harder to tell the difference between the cops and the crooks these days (Epoch Times):
On the evening of October 23, at 10:00 p.m., villagers of Hongsu Village of Jiangxi Province were raided by crime syndicate members allegedly hired by the Green Sea Wood Co., Ltd (The Green Sea Company) of Tonggu County. One villager was killed, dozens were hospitalized and several were in critical condition. Villagers said that they called for the police but no police were sent to help them on that night. On October 24, 2008, hundreds of armed police gathered in front of the Green Sea Company to suppress a large crowd calling for justice in regard to the attack of the previous day.

So now the cadres have turned their police force into the private security force for the triads who help line their pockets.

Not that this should surprise anyone. The regime itself has been forced to admit that corruption is shot through the mining industry (Epoch Times), giving a whole new meaning to the term "dirty industry" (BBC).

Meanwhile, the satellite states are following suit. Even as the Korean viceroy does his best impersonation of the J. Alfred Prufrock's night sky (BBC and the Times of London), his minions are threatening to atomize South Korea - or, to be more precise, to turn it into "debris" (BBC and One Free Korea). Halfway around the world, Sudan - dependent upon Communist China's appetite for its oil - can't protect the laborers its benefactor sends over, so it blames rebel groups indiscriminately (BBC). I can't imagine where they came up with that idea.

The Communists' bureau of numerical propaganda claims that their imprisoned nation is "no longer a low income country" (BBC). Perhaps that is so, but so long as the gains from prosperity remain so tightly concentrated among the cadres and those in their Potemkin cities, the vast majority of the Chinese people will remain as poor and desperate as they have been for years, until they rise up and take their country back.

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