November 23, 2005

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What Bush won on China trip: W's message will inspire millions of Chinese thanks to an Internet underground railroad (TIENCHI LIAO, 11/23/05, NY Daily News)

Bush's visit has prompted, in some small way, freedom of speech for the Chinese. The President's remarks encouraging human rights have been disseminated to students and others by the country's intellectuals, who are able to bypass the government's Internet blocks. These leaders, among the 80 million to 100 million Web users, are tapping into the U.S. State Department's site to pass along Bush's remarks urging freedom and democracy.

Neither China's elite nor its common people care how many billions of dollars in contracts have been signed by the two countries. They now know that George Bush has spoken on behalf of their rights and their views. They are not angry that they suffered a temporary loss of freedom because of Bush's visit. They hope to gain lasting freedom, which Bush has pleaded for on their behalf.


The prisoners' conscience (Natan Sharansky, June 8, 2004, Jewish World Review)
In 1983, I was confined to an eight-by-ten-foot prison cell on the border of Siberia. My Soviet jailers gave me the privilege of reading the latest copy of Pravda. Splashed across the front page was a condemnation of President Ronald Reagan for having the temerity to call the Soviet Union an "evil empire." Tapping on walls and talking through toilets, word of Reagan's "provocation" quickly spread throughout the prison. We dissidents were ecstatic. Finally, the leader of the free world had spoken the truth - a truth that burned inside the heart of each and every one of us.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 23, 2005 5:23 PM
Comments

As materialists, they think their greatest problem is bird flu.

Posted by: Luciferous at November 23, 2005 5:43 PM

How could anyone, ever, not have known that it had always been the Evil Empire? The whole rotten thing was evil to its core, based as it was on Oedipal, impius resentment. Not just its operation, but its very "ideals" were evil, vicious, being rooted in the vices of hatred, covetousness and revenge.

The only good Communist is a dead Communist, then, now and evermore.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 23, 2005 6:06 PM

Some of the critcism of Bush on the right about the China trip is that he went to a "sham" Christian service on Sunday, which served to make the Chinese government look more tolerant than they actually are. I suppose that's true if you're focal point is exclusively how the image looked for external consumption. Internally, the image of the leader of China's biggest foreign rival attending Church on Sunday might have a far different effect.

Posted by: John at November 23, 2005 9:33 PM

> The only good Communist is a dead Communist, then, now and evermore.

If I wanted to nitpick I'd point out that every now and then you do get a Whittaker Chambers, and that there have been various flavors of Communism not synonymous with Marxism -- but since I don't want to nitpick, I'll endorse your sentiment. :)

Posted by: Guy T. at November 23, 2005 9:46 PM

"I didn't think that calling the Soviet Union the 'evil empire' got anybody anywhere."--Brent Scowcroft.

"Tapping on walls and talking through toilets, word of Reagan's "provocation" quickly spread throughout the prison. We dissidents were ecstatic. Finally, the leader of the free world had spoken the truth - a truth that burned inside the heart of each and every one of us."--Sharansky

When I was in prison, did you visit me?

Posted by: Noel at November 23, 2005 10:15 PM
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