Wednesday, April 30, 2008
More arrests in Tibet: Several Tibetans are being whisked off to jail without any of their relatives being told (Epoch Times). Meanwhile, 30 more "rioters" were sentenced to prison term (Washington Post), and the cadres claim that a protest leader shot a police officer (BBC).
Whoops! Factory in Communist China making Free Tibet Flags: Cadres in Guangdong might as well set aside the cost of their execution bullets now (BBC, h/t NRO - Media Blog).
More Tibet and East Turkestan news: Zhang Tianliang (Epoch Times) warns us not to expect too much from the regime's offer to talk with some of the Dalai Lama's aides. Meanwhile, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization and the East Turkestan Foundation hold a joint anti-Communist protest in the Hague (UNPO via UAA).
As torch arrives in Hong Kong, cadres try to recast Olympiad: The manufactured celebrations are under way in Beijing (BBC), but in Hong Kong, protesters are ready (CNN). Meanwhile, commentary like Jin Jung-kwon (Chosun Ilbo, South Korea, via Boycott 2008) won't make things any easier for the regime.
Communist China blocks UN action on Zimbabwe: The cadres are still managing to protect Robert Mugabe from the will of the people of Zimbabwe and the rest of the world (CNN).
Communist China may rent foreign farmlands to fight food price hikes: This is a novel approach (BBC), but perhaps this wouldn't be so much of a problem if the cadres weren't throwing farmers off the land to clear the way for corrupt and unnecessary development projects.
Japan finds more contaminated food from Communist China, ensuring that the issue of export safety will be a topic in upcoming talks between Hu Jinato and Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda (Epoch Times).
South Korea's doves get a de facto press release in the Washington Post: Aside from a decent quote by a human rights activist in Seoul, the piece reads like campaign ad for what's-that-lefty-party's-name-this-week. I eagerly await the takedown by One Free Korea.
More news on "another Chinese province": The evidence of SNK-Syrian nuclear cooperation was released to push the Stalinists toward "complete disclosure," according to President Bush (Washington Post). Senator Obama tries to argue for direct talks with Pyongyang, and OFK crushes him. Retired Professor Yearn Hong Choi comments on the new U.S-South Korea relationship in the Washington Times.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
More news on "another Chinese province": OFK hears that food-rationing has reached the Stalinist military officers. The head of the CIA says Syria's would-have-been nuclear reactor (built with Stalinist aid), was very close to making "enough plutonium for one or two bombs" (AP via OFK). James Carafano (New York Post via Front Page) rips the Singapore Surrender.
Remembering Lin Zhao: Forty years ago today, a woman who had the courage to stand up to the Communists during the madness of the Cultural Revolution was executed. Jennifer Chou (Weekly Standard Blog) reminds us how her life and death are still relevant (and feared by the CCP).
One country, one-and-a-half systems rolls on: A student in Hong Kong who supports the Tibetan pe0ple receives threats and suffers vandalism. The police respond by demanding to know if she's talked to the anti-Communist Apple (Epoch Times reporting).
Meanwhile, in Beijing, the endless propaganda coming from the CCP appears to be having an effect - although you never can tell in a dictatorship (Washington Post).
Meanwhile, in Tibet, seventeen "rioters" were sent to prison (BBC and CNN), as a supporter of the Tibetans is kicked out of Nepal (BBC).
Monday, April 28, 2008
Pro-Communist students attack Olympic protesters in Seoul: One Free Korea has the story on the latest violence by demonstrators sent by the regime to drown out anti-Communist protesters (the Epoch Times has more on the cadres' role). Things went much more smoothly in "another Chinese province" (BBC and CNN).
More news on "another Chinese province": A lieutenant from the Stalinist military defects to South Korea (BBC and CNN); James Zumwalt talks about the new wind blowing in South Korea (Washington Times).
Interpol falls for the Communist propaganda on Olympic "terrorism": The head of Interpol cited "recent reports of thwarted plots in China" as evidence of the need for greater security (CNN); the fact that at least one of those reports was debunked was not discussed.
More Olympic news: Tibetan cadres are threatening anyone who would "excite popular feelings" during the Olympic torch relay in the occupied nation (Washington Post). The Int'l Olympic Committee returns to its apologist role (United Press Int'l, h/t Andrew Stuttaford at NRO - The Corner). Serge Schmemann discusses the popular outcry over the Communist Olympiad (Int'l Herald Tribune via Uyghur American Association).
Meanwhile, in occupied East Turkestan, a king is reduced to a tourist attraction (Christian Science Monitor via UAA) and those who support an end to Communist occupation risk imprisonment, or worse (Channel 4, UK, via UAA).
On nationalism and the CCP: Stephanie Ho (Voice of America) examines effect of Communist-fanned nationalism on the Olympics, and vice versa (via UAA). Zhang Tianliang finds the notion of the Communists as the defenders of the Chinese people to be utterly laughable (Epoch Times). Xing Fei (also in the Epoch Times), examines the true meaning of patriotism.
Zimbabwe arms ship still looking for a port: A British Trident submarine is keeping an eye on it; it may head to Venezuela (World Net Daily). Meanwhile, Michael Sheridan (Times of London) details the Communist-run COSCO's ties to Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe.
The Canada File: Bob Rae, the foreign policy spokesman for the opposition Liberal Party, dutifully spouted the party line on "engagement" with Communist China (Epoch Times), and quickly earned the opprobrium of Peter Worthington (Toronto Sun, h/t Between Heaven and Earth). Meanwhile, Falun Gong demonstrators lose a court battle in Vancouver (BH&E).
More on Communist China and the rest of the world: Falun Gong practitioners in New York mark the ninth anniversary of the April 25, 1999 protest (Epoch Times). The Australian Resource Minister comments on Communist investments in his country (AAP via Epoch Times). Finally, Stephen Hutcheon (Brisbane Times via UAA) examines the Communist hacker brigade.
Communists open the door to talks with the Dalai Lama's aide, then rip him: The cadres' back and forth is tracked by AAP (via Epoch Times), the BBC, CNN, and the Washington Post.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Bush Administration to reveal evidence on Syria-North Korea nuclear ties: Today is the day that Congress finally gets to see the evidence of Kim Jong-il's aid to Syria's nuclear weapons program (BBC). Among other things, the Administration will present a video which "shows that the Syrian reactor core's design is the same as that of the North Korean reactor at Yongbyon, including a virtually identical configuration and number of holes for fuel rods" (Washington Post). Whether or not the Stalinists gave the Syrians nuclear fuel was unclear (CNN), but the plant was "nearly complete when Israel bombed it in September" (Washington Times), and it "would have been capable of producing plutonium for nuclear weapons" (Newsmax).
Why did we surrender to the Stalinists in Singapore again? That's the question being asked by the Wall Street Journal (h/t Tom Gross at NRO Media Blog), the Washington Times, and most importantly of all, 14 Republican Senators (One Free Korea, which gave this debacle another well-deserved beat-down here).
Duke students call for investigation of Chinese group: The Duke Chinese Student and Scholars Association is under the microscope for its role in the harassment of Wang Qianyuan. Several student groups (including both college political parties) are calling for an investigation into the DCSSA's behavior (Epoch Times). Meanwhile, the long arm of lawlessness is reaching into Canada, too (Between Heaven and Earth).
Communist Ambassador to Canada "reassigned": The cadre will be going home, though it is not known to what post (Embassy).
Olympic torch proceeds through Australia: Protesters (AAP via Epoch Times) and enthusiasts (BBC and the Epoch Times) met the torch, while Dr. Torsten Trey reminds us of the hideous organ harvesting practices of the regime, and why it should keep us miles away from these Olympics (Epoch Times).
Communist arms shipment - meant for Zimbabwe - is heading home instead: The resistance of Zimbabwe's neighbors and the United States paid off (CNN).
From the Tibetan refugee camp in Dharamsala: Sheng Xue (Epoch Times) travels to the camp and returns with heart-rending stories of courage and pain.
Macau orders gambling freeze: The move comes amid "reports that Beijing is putting pressure on the territory to diversify its economy away from gambling" (BBC). Macau is the only place in Communist China in which casinos are legal. Left unmentioned in the story are the numerous incidents of corrupt cadres blowing public funds on the roulette wheels.
Communist coal reserve down to 12 days, a 20% reduction from just last month (News, Australia).
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
As April 25 approaches, the Taipei Times remembers the peaceful protest that made Falun Gong a household phrase - and short-hand for the Communists' brutal persecution against people of faith (h/t, Between Heaven and Earth).
Communist China's radical nationalism hits victim to torch "attack": Put aside the still open question of whether or not the cadres staged the attack on Jin Jing. It turns out Jin herself is now being vilified, because she "she expressed a word of caution about a boycott of Carrefour, a French-branded grocery store chain in China" (Epoch Times). Meanwhile, One Free Korea sees a precedent for the Communist reaction, and it's not a good one.
Enlightened Comment of the Day: Today's winner is Rob Breakenridge (Calgary Herald) for his defense of anti-Communist MP Rob Anders' call for an Olympic Boycott.
Other Olympic News: The torch comes to Australia (BBC), as do the protests (Epoch Times). The World Uyghur Congress calls for an Olympic boycott (Earth Times via Uyghur American Association). A pro-Tibet protester is kicked off Mount Everest by Nepalese authorities (CNN).
U.S. praises Zimbabwe neighbors for blocking Communist Chinese arms shipments: The Bush Administration went public with its opposition to the arms sale; at present, the arms still have not made landfall (Washington Post and Washington Times).
Top South Korean spymaster granted asylum in the United States: Surprisingly, an American judge has allowed Kim Ki-Sam to stay here despite the change of government in South Korea, leading One Free Korea to conclude that Kim "must know where a lot of the bodies from the 2000 North Korea summit scandal are buried." Indeed, Kim "is promising to reveal plenty of juicy detail" about the bribe to Stalinist-in-chief Kim Jong-il that greased the skids for that summit with then-South Korean President Kim Dae-jung.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Communist Chinese heparin caused "scores of deaths": The Communist-exposed version of the blood-thinner included over-sulfated chondroitin, which caused "hundreds of serious adverse reactions and scores of deaths among patients" (Washington Post). The cadres insisted their own research disproves that, based on its own research, but the firm whose samples provided the basis of that research contradicted them. UPDATE: Yours truly explores the product safety issue, and what it says about the lack of true economic freedom in Communist China, over at RWL.
The Boston Globe gets it on Communist China and nationalism: "It is not easy to determine how much of this nationalistic frenzy may have been fostered and organized by Chinese communist officials . . . nationalism has replaced Maoism or Marxism as the legitimating credo of China rulers" (h/t Boycott 2008). Xin Fei and Ren Baiming (both in the Epoch Times) discuss this further.
Will Communist China recall its Zimbabwe arms shipment? That has become a distinct possibility (BBC), as the United States began asking African governments not to let the ship dock (Mail and Guardian, SA). More surprisingly, the president of Zambia - who was backed heavily by Communist China in his re-election bid two years ago - "has urged states in southern Africa to ban the ship, the An Yue Jiang, from entering their waters" (Times of London).
Olympic torch draws more protests, this time in Indonesia (BBC and CNN).
"Education" campaign under way in Tibet: As expected, a large part of the plan is propaganda "in which the Dalai Lama will be denounced " (BBC). France may also be a target, especially after Paris made him an "honorary citizen" (BBC).
News on "another Chinese province": As the State Department's leading Korea expert visited the Stalinist North (BBC and CNN), Frank Gaffney rips the Singapore surrender in the Washington Times.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Nepal tells its police it can shoot anti-Communist protesters along the Mount Everest part of the torch really (CNN).
Other Olympic News: The Thai part of the torch relay had protesters (CNN), as did the Malay leg (BBC and CNN). The Communists try their own hand at boycotts and protests - aimed at France and CNN (BBC, Small Dead Animals, and Washington Post). Australia's Prime Minister insists that no Communist goons will handle "security" during Australia's leg of the torch relay (AAP via Epoch Times). Those who remember the promises Communist China made to win the Olympic Games find the regime not fulfilling them (Washington Post). Meanwhile, inside Communist China, students are given "food subsidies" to keep them quite (Epoch Times) and more houses are meeting the Olympic bulldozer (Epoch Times).
Olympic Commentary: Nat Hentoff (Washington Times) examines who the Communist Olympiad has polluted the West, while Sue Meng (Washington Post) ponders how it might unintentionally end the Communist regime. Vietnamese dissident Pham Hông Son lists the Communist crimes against the Chinese and other peoples (Epoch Times).
The Canada file: An all-party group of MPs, led by Conservative Rob Anders, met the Tibetan leader in Michigan (CBC). Toronto Mayor David Miller visits Beijing and makes a fool of himself (Toronto Star). Marie Beaulieu takes issue with CBC's description of Falun Gong (Between Heaven and Earth). Toronto Sun columnist Salim Mansur sees the end of the Communist regime on the horizon.
Human rights abuse news: Hebei arrests AIDS sufferers who were appealing their brutal treatment by local cadres for years (Radio Free Asia via Epoch Times). Meanwhile, a Beijing bookstore owner is arrested - again (World Net Daily).
News on "another Chinese province": Lee Myung-Bak and George W. Bush present a united front on the Stalinist North (BBC).
Friday, April 18, 2008
More on Communist China and the rest of the world: Is Kevin Rudd about to become the most ironic and unexpected anti-Communist of 2008? Sonya Bryskine (Epoch Times) gauges Australian opinion on the question. Meanwhile, more Europeans are seeing Communist China as "the greatest perceived threat to global stability " (Speigel, Ger., via Weekly Standard Blog), a trend likely to continue as the EU takes another look at exported Communist toys (BBC).
Communist China orders the "spontaneous" citizen reaction to end: The cadres clearly believe the anti-Tibet/pro-Communist-Olympiad propaganda has served its purpose, or perhaps it became too embarrassing (BBC for the report, and WS Blog to get an idea of how things went off the rails).
Japanese Buddhist temple won't host the Olympic torch: The stunning rejection was due in part to security issues and "concern over recent unrest in Tibet" (BBC). One temple official was specific: "Indiscriminate killings were undertaken in Tibet. We were concerned about Buddhists in Tibet who rose up and a subsequent crackdown against them" (CNN).
More Olympic news: Canadian Rob Anders, en route to meet the Dalai Lama today (CBC), took aim at the "torch goons" (CanWest via Boycott 2008) who have already darkened the Olympic relay (Stratfor, also via Boycott 2008). Officials from the Flemish region of Belgium will skip the opening ceremonies (Epoch Times). Amnesty Int'l asks the Int'l Olympic Committee to clarify its ban on athletes' "propaganda" (Epoch Times).
Persecution news: Between Heaven and Earth reprints a Nigerian Times post on the casualties from the Falun Gong War.
Communist stock market hits 12-month low, dragged down mainly by PetroChina (BBC).
Washington Post editors aren't happy with the Singapore surrender either, and their editorial highlighting the problems with the disaster win them Enlightened Comment of the Day honors. Meanwhile, the deal actually got worse as the U.S. has agreed to keep the Stalinists' nuclear disclosures secret (Washington Times) - I can't wait to see how One Free Korea reacts to this.
More news on "another Chinese province": The Democratic Chairman and Republican ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee co-sponsor a new North Korea human rights bill (and OFK approves). Meanwhile, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak reveals his plans (Washington Post) for dealing with the Stalinist regime, while Sung-Yoon Lee reveals what should be our plans (OFK).
Thursday, April 17, 2008
More on the long arm of lawlessness: The Communists don't think CNN has groveled enough in response to Jack Cafferty's truth blast. Sadly, a Canadian media empire appears to be more malleable (Epoch Times), while Google continues in its attempt to please the cadres without appearing to do so (Weekly Standard Blog).
Now Australia will let Communist thugs shadow the Olympic torch after all, but the goons will be "subject to arrest in fact if they laid a hand on somebody" (AAP via Epoch Times). I'll believe that when I see it.
More Olympic news: The torch came to New Delhi, "surrounded by Tibetan flags, cameras and young men wearing headbands with 'Free Tibet' on them" (BBC). Meanwhile, Civil Rights & Livelihood Watch talked to Ling Baizeng, a Beijing resident who was kicked out of his house due to Olympic construction (Epoch Times).
Olympic commentary: Father Raymond De Souza details Communist China's repression of all people of faith, and how the Olympic torch relay has brought it into clear view (National Post, Cdn., h/t Boycott 2008).
Communist official calls Taiwan situation "a bit more relaxed": As the cadres fell better, I feel worse (Bill Gertz, Washington Times).
Cadres claim Tibetan monasteries in Gansu held arms: The Communists had their usual itemized list, but presented no concrete evidence (BBC). Meanwhile, the latest from Tibet comes courtesy of blogger Tsering Woeser (via Epoch Times).
News on "another Chinese province": When One Free Korea sees a dispute between South Korea and the United States and takes South Korea's side, you know there's been a sea-change, both over there (Washington Times) and - sadly - over here. John Bolton weighs in on the deal I blasted last week - and I'm happy to say he is no kinder than I was (OFK). Finally, OFK has the latest Pyongyang Kremlinology - or, if you prefer, Kimlinology.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
More news on "another Chinese province": The upcoming famine predicted earlier by One Free Korea catches the eye of the United Nations (BBC and Washington Post). Speaking of OFK, he has the latest links on northern Korea (and other things). Meanwhile, CNN and the Washington Times profile South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak.
Communist soldiers stationed with leading Zimbabwe thugs: The Holiday Inn in Harare is hosting "about 70 Zimbabwean senior army officers" (Zimbabwe Journalists) - and nearly a dozen PLA members "in their full military regalia and armed with pistols." Meanwhile, the Mugabe regime - a close ally of Communist China - is arresting more of the opposition (BBC).
The long arm of lawlessness reaches into Canada once more, with death threats for a Vancouber reporter (Boycott 2008).
Enlightened Comment of the Day: The editors of the Washington Post win the prize with a spectacular takedown of the cadres and their various apologists' claims of speaking for "the Chinese people."
More Olympic news: Communist China is demanding CNN's Jack Cafferty apologize for telling the truth. Clarence Page (Washington Times) calls on President Bush to stay home. Pat Robertson sticks up for the cadres - again (World Net Daily). Tibetans in India (Washington Post) await the Olympic torch, which is currently in Pakistan (CNN).
Communist China pledges to work with incoming Taiwanese President: The more I see this, the more it worries me (Washington Post).
Communist line on East Turkestan continues to draw cat calls: This time it's from Richard Weitz, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, who calls the cadres' claims of fighting terrorism in the occupied nation "dubious" (World Politics Review via Uyghur American Association).
Persecution news: Yanling Zhang tells her story in a letter to the Epoch Times.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Upcoming Olympiad bring focus to the cadres' treatment of refugees from the Stalinist North: One Free Korea has the details. For more news on "another Chinese province," see the end of this post.
More Olympic news: Communist China announces its latest attempt to get the smog out of Beijing in time for the Games (BBC and Washington Post). The torch re-route comes under derisive scrutiny in San Francisco (Epoch Times). New Zealand's leaders face pressure to skip the opening ceremony (Epoch Times).
Olympic Commentary: Anne Applebuam (Washington Post) comments on "the latest Olympic sport: Put Out the Torch." John Tkacik (Washington Times) calls on President Bush to consider, at least, skipping the Games.
Communist China confirmed as the largest carbon emitter: A University of California team has confirmed that Communist China's "greenhouse gas emissions have been underestimated, and probably passed those of the US in 2006-2007" (BBC, emphasis added). That's not all: " unless China radically changes its energy policies, its increases in greenhouse gases will be several times larger than the cuts in emissions being made by rich nations under the Kyoto Protocol."
The Canada file: The cadres get their own demonstration in Ottawa (Epoch Times), while the Ontarian government smarts from criticism of its coziness with the Beijing regime (Globe and Mail).
Cadres buy 1% of British Petroleum (BP): The regime didn't even bother to hide behind one of its state-owned enterprises for this one - "The investment was made by the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, a unit of the Central Bank managing $1.6 trillion in foreign exchange reserves" (BBC).
Ma Ying-jeou happy with meeting his running mate had with Hu Jintao: Taiwan's president-elect said the meeting "started to thaw the ice" (BBC).
Tibet under "relentless" surveillance: The Communist-run People's Armed Police are practically everywhere (Washington Post); meanwhile, Chen Weijian (Boxun via Epoch Times) sees the recent events within the long-running Communist objective of destroying Tibet's culture and its people.
Communist China continues to lead the world in executions, although this time the cadres hid enough of them that their official number is no longer more than the rest of the world combined (BBC). Communist China's range of capital crimes includes white-collar offenses and others for which no one else would even dream of using a bullet.
Yet another victim of religious persecution tells of her ordeal to the Epoch Times.
Enlightened Comment of the Day: One Free Korea takes the prize for this stinging commentary on the Singapore surrender (the excellent label is his).
Monday, April 14, 2008
How the cadres keep East Turkestan occupied: It should surprise no one that a shadowy group "(n)ot subject to the Xinjiang government" - and which "reports directly to Beijing and retains a central role in Beijing’s strategy for the region" (Asia Sentinel via UAA) - is the main instrument for the cadres' brutal occupation of the country they conquered in 1949.
Enlightened Comment of the Day: Ethan Gutmann, author of Losing the New China, has a terrific description of what the Olympics have meant and still mean for Communist China and for the democratic world. It is a must-read, in the Weekly Standard.
Runners-up: The editors of the National Post (via Boycott 2008) call for an Olympic opening-ceremony boycott; Peter Worthington (Toronto Sun via Boycott 2008) revels in the embarrassment the cadres have suffered.
Pervez Musharraf sticks up for his Communist allies: The Pakistani head of state blasted democratic nations for their reaction to the Tibet crackdown and the Olympics (CNN) - not that this should surprise anyone, since Communist China has been an ally of Pakistan for decades (Gulf News via UAA).
Canadian Int'l Olympic Committee tells athletes with consciences to "stay at home": In a breathtaking display of arrogance, Richard Pound - the senior Canadian on the IOC - had this to say about Olympians who do not wish to be gagged, "The moral dilemma, you solve it before you get on the plane. If it is so tough for you that you can't bear not to say anything, stay at home" (Epoch Times).
Other Olympic News: The Epoch Times gives a blow-by-blow account (literally) of the torch protests and violent counter-protests in San Francisco. President Bush still plans on attending the opening ceremonies (Washington Post). The torch meets some protests in Argentina (Washington Post) and is now in Oman (BBC).
Now we have "bomb plots" in Tibet: The latest Communist attempt to demonize the Tibetan people takes a new, but expected, turn (BBC). Meanwhile, the cadres continue to rip anyone even remotely critical of them (BBC again), while Edward Cody (Washington Post), details how the Communists let the quasi-military "People's Armed Police" take the lead role in the Tibetan bloodshed.
Taiwan's Vice-President-elect meets Hu Jintao: Annette Lu hasn't even left her post yet, and the actions of her successor already make me miss her (BBC).
U.S. Pacific Commander wants more transparency from Communist military: Admiral Timothy Keating sees "some contradiction in their stated goal " (Epoch Times) of a "peaceful rise" with their continuing military buildup. Admiral Keating has asked the cadres to clear this up in the past, and they have refused.
Ex-Communist reporter leaves the party: Li Yuanlong, who once wrote for the Bijie Daily (Guizhou), called membership in the Communist Youth League "a moral debt" (Epoch Times).
PEN to give award to writer jailed in Communist China: Yang Tongyan, who is serving a 12-year prison term for daring to speak his mind, will be the 2008 recipient of the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award (Washington Post).
More news on "another Chinese province": One of Stalinist North Korea's best friends in the South Korean legislature was Kim Won Ung - until the voters bounced him in last week's elections. One Free Korea celebrates the political cleansing.
Friday, April 11, 2008
When the Agreed Framework - the 1994 debacle in which we pledged to build two nuclear reactors in northern Korea if Kim Jong-il stopped his nuclear-weapons program - fell apart amidst the revelation that Kim had a uranium-weapons program on the side, The U.S. and its allies (Japan and South Korea) demanded three things: a shut down of all nuclear weapons activities, disclosure of said activities in complete detail, and a complete account of the kidnapping of Japanese citizens by Stalinist agents in the 1970s and early 1980s. The Kim regime responded by demanding to be taken off the list of terrorist-sponsoring states and full diplomatic relations.
Since 2002, the Stalinist regime has produced weapons-grade plutonium, launched several missile tests, conducted a nuclear test, provided help for fellow tyrant Bashar Assad to develop his own nuclear-weapons program (again, wiped out by the Israeli Air Force, we think), and possibly even helped the Iranian mullahs become a nuclear power.
What was the result of these brazen actions?
Well, last February, the Stalinists won a resumption of the fuel oil that was part of the 1994 deal, talks on full diplomatic relations, in exchange for shutting down a nuclear reactor and plutonium producer that was on its last legs anyway. Within months, they even managed to wring $25 million in "earnings" from counterfeiting and other illegal activities from a desperate Bush Administration.
The uranium, the plutonium already produced/weaponized/stored, and the abduction issues were placed aside for future discussions. Those future discussions ended with this month's debacle.
How bad was it? Check out the Post's description (link above, emphasis added):
The United States is prepared to lift two key economic sanctions against North Korea under a tentative deal reached with that country this week, which requires Pyongyang to acknowledge U.S. concerns and evidence about a range of nuclear activities, U.S. and Asian diplomats said yesterday.
The agreement also requires North Korea to finish disabling its main nuclear facility and provide a full accounting of its stockpile of plutonium. But, in a key shift, the two sides agreed to sidestep a dispute over how much detail North Korea must provide about any past uranium enrichment-related activities and its involvement in a mysterious Syrian facility bombed by Israel last September.
North Korea had balked at confirming the Bush administration's allegations, stalling for months a process designed to eliminate its nuclear programs. But after negotiations this week in Singapore and last month in Geneva, the United States and North Korea agreed that Pyongyang must "acknowledge" the allegations without precisely admitting them publicly.
That paves the way, diplomats said, for President Bush to remove North Korea from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism and to exempt it from the Trading With the Enemy Act.
In other words, the Stalinists get the last thing they hadn't won yet - being taken off the terrorist list - in exchange for absolutely nothing. They don't have to divulge any information about their uranium efforts or their aid to Bashar Assad. They don't have to hand over any plutonium (notice the Administration only asked for "a full accounting").
Abductions? What abductions? it takes eleven paragraphs for the Japanese victims to even be mentioned. While normally, one would look to the Post for blame, in this case an Administration that actually cared about their fate would have ensured resolution on this issue before any deal was accepted.
To sum up the last five-plus years: the North Korean regime broke its word, then continued to act badly and add to the list of American demands, held out until the Americans turned them into suggestions, then held out more until it got everything it wanted (including the benefits of the aforementioned bad actions) in exchange for window dressing that amount to no substantive concessions on its part whatsoever - and it did all of this to the supposedly tough-minded, neo-conservative riddled, unilateralist "cowboy" President.
You don't think Iran has been watching all of this, taking copious notes at every turn? How about the Taliban and al Qaeda? Did anyone really think this appalling weakness would go unnoticed?
History will record this as the greatest failure of the Bush Administration. It may very well overshadow all the good it has done in Afghanistan and tried to do (and - I would opine, slowly doing) in Iraq. It is that bad.
Every terrorist and tyrant - most especially Communist China, colonial master to Kim Jong-il and friend to tyrants and terrorists everywhere - now knows the United States can be worn out, worn down, and defeated at the bargaining table. This is a dark day for America and the free world. We all have become far less safe.
Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal
More news on "another Chinese province": Japan - which has always been the more realistic ally in the SNK-nuclear episode, renewed sanctions against the Stalinist regime (BBC). Meanwhile, the food shortage appears to be worsening (OFK).
John McCain on Olympics - "If Chinese policies . . . do not change, I would not attend": The Republican nominee for President made the comments yesterday (Washington Times) and also advised current incumbent George W. Bush to skip the ceremonies "unless they change some things pretty quickly" (Washington Post). Numerous other Republicans and conservatives - including some "engagement supporters - are urging President Bush to stay home (National Review and the Washington Times). President Bush has, so far, chosen not to heed the advice.
What happens if Americans are arrested during the Games? Three members of Congress would like to know, but the State Department has repsonded with deafening silence (One Free Korea).
More Olympic news: Int'l Olympic Committee head Jacques Rogge talked out of both sides of his mouth on the right of athletes to speak their minds during the Communist Olympiad (Boycott 2008, Times of London, and the Washington Post), but the cadres were still unhappy with him (Globe and Mail, Cdn). UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon says "scheduling issues" (CNN) may keep him away from the opening ceremonies. The torch realy will continue as planned (Washington Post).
The Canada file: Communist China is upping the propaganda in Canada - on television (Epoch Times) and in print (Montreal Gazette). They are also "ignoring or twisting" the words of Prime Minister Stephen Harper to fit their purposes (Globe and Mail).
Russian forests illegally harvested for Communist China: Lucy Ash (BBC) has the details.
Speaking of corruption, Chen Liangyu, former party boss in Shanghai and a leading buddy of Jiang Zemin, was given an 18-year prison sentence for "taking bribes and abusing his position" (BBC).
Persecution news: Communist China's crackdown on Christians is "getting worse" (World Net Daily); David Matas discusses the organ harvesting tragedy to the Cross Cultural Center (Epoch Times).
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Other East Turkestan News: Alimujiang was a Uyghur who had made peace with the Communist occupation of his country. However, he was also a devout Christian who "simply wants the freedom to quietly express his faith" (China Aid Association via UAA). Thus he is in a prison cell, and possibly facing the gallows.
"In the end, San Francisco punted": That was how Karl Vick began his Washington Post piece on how the city made a last-minute re-route of the Olympic relay to avoid anti-Communist protesters (also reporting: ABC via UAA, BBC, Epoch Times, Market Watch, Washington Times). It was just the latest embarrassment to befall the relay, which "saddened" Int'l Olympic Committee Chief Jacques Rogge (BBC and CNN) and led Mario Vazquez Rana, president of the Association of National Olympic Committees to rip the protests (Washington Post) - and Rana wasn't alone (New York Sun). Meanwhile, the traveling Communist "security" squad gets more less-than-rave reviews (Times of London), but the regime will be looking to them and every other good cadre to ensure none of the previous protests happen anywhere in Communist China (News 24, South Africa).
Ignorant Comment of the Day: L. Ling-chi Wang (CNN) takes the dubious prize for appalling moral relativism.
Enlightened Comment of the Day: There was more competition on this end, but Barry Farber (Newsmax) wins with his call for a Boycott of the entire Olympic fiasco.
Olympic views: Jill Savitt, executive director of Dream for Darfur, responds to the ICOD at CNN. Among those who come to her side are Joseph Farah (World Net Daily), John Derbyshire (National Review Online - The Corner), Kathryn Jean-Lopez (NRO - The Corner).
Tibet news: Tsering Woeser gives the latest report from Tibet on her blog (via Epoch Times). The United States would like to put a consulate in Tibet (Washington Times). On the analysis side, Gordon Chang talks about why the cadres had to crackdown on Tibet so violently (Weekly Standard), while John Derbyshire (The Corner) rips apart the Communists' historical justification on Tibet.
Communists take TV program criticizing the regime off the air: On Half An Hour For the Economy, a scholar offered "criticism of Chinese authorities' failure to save the stock market" (Epoch Times); hesto presto - the show is off the air, and two producers "are reportedly under investigation." Meanwhile, the cadres readjusted their already questionable economic growth numbers for 2007 - upward (BBC).
Ontario (Canada) trade mission to Communist China criticized: Ontario Economic Development Minister Sandra Pupatello waited until Monday to announce she was headed for Shanghai this weekend (Epoch Times); opposition MP Randy Hillier expressed his disappointment (You Tube).
Did Stalinist North Korea help the Communist-allied mullahcracy become a nuclear power? That's what Ha'aretz is reporting (via One Free Korea). Meanwhile, the SNK regime - also known as "another Chinese province" - wins more concessions from the U.S. to fulfill nuclear disclosure promises it first made years ago (BBC).
South Korean anti-Communist win far greater than initial appearance: While the anti-Stalinist Grand National Party did indeed win a majority in the legislature as noted yesterday, one thing yours truly missed was the performance of two other South Korean hawkish parties, which between them won just under 40 seats (Washington Times). This gives the anti-Communist right in South Korea a near two-thirds majority in the National Assembly (for particular details and bitingly funny commentary, see One Free Korea).