I have long contended that China represents a bigger threat to our way of life than all the rag-headed, poppy-addled Islamic miscreants and brain washed, unwashed grad school dropouts flocking to the mountains of Pakistan combined. We have a government which floats on a sea of cheap Chinese money, we have businessmen and funds bathing in that sea as a source of investment, of largesse, of places to outsource. Consumers flock to Wal Mart, which, more than any godless liberal, destroyed Main Street USA and American small business, yet waves the flag as we gorge ourselves on cheap Chinese crap. They are stealing our technology...or plain buying it from folks who otherwise indeed wave the flag on a regular basis whilst cutting jobs, cutting healthcare benefits, wrecking truth in the media through consolidation, greed. They have the largest army in the world, nukes, a burgeoning navy...and they pollute this earth in tenor and quantity that'd make a West Virginia chemical plant operator blush. It's all powered by oil. Sudanese, largely. And in return they give the Arab/Muslim government in Khartoum goodies, cash. The result is the slaughter of millions by arms or disease or famine. First in the south, then Darfur. Black people, dying. And we go on stalking them like Sally stalks Linus, lovingly. The Red Chinese? Lord what would John Foster Dulles say?
Steven Spielberg, George Clooney and other liberals have been bashing all of us and George Bush over the head with Darfur. Clooney's documentary on HBO may even win some awards. Yet something terrible sniffs at their rear ends. The animal called hypocrisy. Maybe a different breed than the liberal hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton's crew and fellow travellers in Hollywood, on Emily's List, The daily Kos, among coons in the Congressional Black Caucus and other old guard leaders, etc. Yes, complain, shame people in feeding the starving children. But lawdy, say nothing about China. It is unfair to tag Bush with this genocide. Indeed, conservatives were on the cusp of illuminating both the older horror in the south Sudan and then Darfur. But we wrote them off as Israeli stooges or anti-Islamic, or covetous of that precious "blood"--oil. Bush's hard-on for the Chinese cannot be discounted, but nor did he soft-pedal or ignore Darfur. No that was we liberals, we black folks who back burnered that but for a shed tear and occasion check to an NGO or other relief agency. Though in the background, strange bedfellows were hooking up, such as former Senator Bill Frist and actress/advocate Mia Farrow. Click on her name for her organization.
Spielberg took a job as Artistic Director for the billion dollar boondoggle and PR bullshit show called the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. According to Farrow and othe sources he cautioned Clooney to go easy on the Chinese within the HBO special's editorializations. Yet all the while both still advocated for Darfur relief as now thousands are in peril within Chad and war is brewing along that border with Sudan. Mrs. Nat Turner and I attended a panel at the National Press Club, televised on C-SPAN, with Sen. Frist, Ms. Farrow (I tried to get Woody Allen, Rosemary's Baby and Frank Sinatra out of my head as we spoke!), Julius Coles of Africare and an investigative reporter with The Economist. All were in agreement that China as patron state could stop the terror immediately. All were in agreement that hypocrisy reigned, and it wasn't all this time on the UN, or the Bush Administration, or the European Union, or African Union, or even Muslim states. We liberals could turn the mirror on ourselves. Well suddenly, Steven's changed his mind. Click for the Chinese reaction. Perhaps Mia did it, within the rubric of pressure and a well-placed hint of Olympic boycott. Or the Prince of Wales and Prince Edward saying they, unlike Bush, will not attend the Opening Ceremonies?
Time to hip you fanboys & girls to a little story about The Darker Mask. Within its pages and artwork is a story called "Avatar" about a super hero in Darfur, rising from the "Lost Boys" of the south Sudan. In it were some references to China. There are some who felt that this would jeopardize foreign sales in China. Big bucks to be made in China. Our supply side neocon government would fall into deficit ruin without it, right? Did we change the story? You'll have to buy the book come summer and see if I was just as much a hypocrit as too many liberals, or just as much ignorant and idolent as too many other African Americans...
Boycott? No. Have our athletes--especially all those ballers and sprinting brothers and sisters, wear armbands. Oh...and stay out of WalMart! (smile)
My boss and Clooney went to China meet with gov't officials about Darfur. At that time no senior officials from the Bush Administration had made that trip.
I had to shake my head when a senior official from the Sudanese gov't said on camera that there is nothing going on in Darfur. He claimed all of this controversy is posturing by American politicians to win the African-American vote. Please, has this man been to a Darfur rally? There are not that many black folks in the mix.
Wow, nice post! (except that i'm a big fan of the Olympics so no dap there).
The Chinese have quietly made it into many parts of the world and while I thought that to be great at first, I consistently hear that for the most part they don't integrate into the new societies as much as they are business only. And hard core capitalist - modern day version of what the Europeans did in Africa in the late-1800s?
Africa misery should be addressed by the so called African-American. Oops--- forgot we can't have any international or global chores. China is only doing what others have been doing for ages. Boycott by the Afr-Amer atheletes? The master gets them at an early age to see themselves as solo (special) at an early age. They will "never" polorize on any issue that deals with any social progress. More income is generated in one day by the atheletes than a year of donations to Negro College Fund. StillaPanther/Larry 55x
Nat Turner and a dozen people remember John Foster Dulles.
Is there a link to Mia Farrow's op-ed about the Olympics?
I have often replied to CC's comments at Tigerhawk, not always in a positive manner.
CC, your warning that the Chinese may be of greater danger to the US than the Islamofascists is definitely worth considering.
In my opinion, there is no group more ethnocentric than the Han (Chinese). I base this on comparing them with grad students from other countries. This is based on my experience as a grad student when I had roommates from China and other countries, and from observations of fellow grad students.
While all people, all groups are self-interested, the Chinese take this self-interest to the max.
Mia Farrow is out of her mind.
After so many years of inaction and indifference by the West, we suddenly want to blame Darfur on China? There are plenty of blame to go around, starting with our support of the SPLA and John Garang 10 years ago:
At any rate the original Darfur mess we started has since been replaced with inter-tribal conflict and herdsmen fighting for territory. Neither Khartoum nor Beijing has much influence over that.
China is simply a scapegoat.
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