“Frivolous Lawsuit” Defined

This one is strange and a little on the humorous side.  A couple of Chinese citizens have decided to file suit against CNN for comments that they and their government deemed offensive.

A Chinese primary school teacher and a beautician have filed a suit against CNN in New York over remarks they say insulted the Chinese people and are seeking $1.3 billion in compensation — $1 per person in China, a Hong Kong newspaper reported.

The case against the Atlanta-based cable channel, its parent company Turner Broadcasting and Jack Cafferty, the offending commentator, comes after 14 lawyers launched a similar suit in Beijing alleging that Cafferty’s remarks earlier this month violated the dignity and reputation of the Chinese people.

Wow –  pretty hefty and, I think, unprecedented.  So what, pray tell, was the offense that was uttered and caused such a backlash?

Cafferty said the United States imported Chinese-made “junk with the lead paint on them and the poisoned pet food” and added: “They’re basically the same bunch of goons and thugs they’ve been for the last 50 years”.

This baffles and befuddles me for two reasons.  #1:  I can’t believe that a CNN commentator would actually make such an un-PC claim that would speak to the absolute truth of a matter.  #2:  I can’t believe that anyone, even in China, would be offended by the obvious truth. 

Of course, on #2, I guess I can sort of understand.  PC types in this nation are offended by the truth quite frequently.  I guess that I am more amazed that a CNN commentator would actually get one right for once.

More From China

I really appreciated this editorial from the Washington Times. I appreciate most editorials from the Washington Times.  Nevertheless, this one captures a great deal of my own sentiment regarding China as host of the 2008 Olympics.

AS CHINA’S COMMUNIST leadership conceived it, this year’s Olympic Games were to mark the country’s debut as a global power, with a booming economy and rapidly modernizing society. Instead, it’s beginning to look as though the Games could become a showcase for violent repression, censorship and political persecution by a regime that has failed to rise above the level of police state. Though they present themselves as worldly and reformist, President Hu Jintao and his leadership group seem unable to grasp how the policies they have pursued in recent months have undermined the honor of staging the Olympics and risk destroying China’s international prestige.

Of course, we all know that this a facade.  French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, has mentioned the possibility of boycotting the opening ceremonies.  Even the EU is taking up the matter of a full boycott in response to the events in Tibet.  Strange that Europe should display more gumption than the US in such matters.

I hate to sound wishy-washy.  Sometime I really love George W., but sometimes he really frustrates me.  His embrace of Putin and his refusal to come out stronger against the latest Chinese brutality really leave me speechless.

Unfortunately, the Chinese leadership may have been encouraged by Western leaders — including President Bush — to believe it could maintain these policies and still hold a successful Olympics. Though French President Nicolas Sarkozy has now said publicly that he would not rule out boycotting the opening ceremony in Beijing in response to the repression in Tibet, Mr. Bush has not altered his ill-considered statement that he would attend the games as “a sports fan.” Yesterday, the White House reiterated that the president plans to attend the opening ceremony, gratuitously signaling to Mr. Hu that he need not fear that imprisoning dissidents or beating Tibetan monks will affect even that most political of Olympic events.

I guess it’s easy for me to sit here and hope against hope that the President will make stronger statements against the thugs in Beijing and Moscow.  I understand the political game.  But how long do you let it go on, and where do you draw the line in the sand?  Reagan didn’t feel the need to appease the USSR, and he brought it down.  What has changed that we are not able to do this?  Maybe the fact that China has an economic stranglehold on the US?

I have a feeling that explains it, but eventually it will come to blows.  Anyone who believes that China and the US are not on a collision course is seriously deluding themselves.  The question is “when”, not “if.”  I don’t feel that we do ourselves any good by continuing to enable the police state in Beijing.  Events as prestigious as the Olympics only lend credibility to this dictatorship and give them increased economic pull on the global stage.

At some point, someone is going to have to ask the question – “When is enough, enough?”  All we are doing at this point by fostering this communist atrocity is making it stronger -day by day.  We feed it our dollars and euros and pounds.  We’re only making things more difficult for ourselves in the future.  For – if anyone believes that the engagement of China, so notably embraced by Richard Nixon, is going to work – they are sorely wrong.  Only guts, fortitude and resolve will solve the China problem.

At this point – we’ve almost guaranteed the fact that the China resolution won’t be pretty.  Why continue to make it worse?

Free Tibet

For those of you who don’t know – I am an avid human rights guy.  And this BS in Tibet is pissing me off.  Chinese claims to Tibet are non-existent.  Tibet was an independent region for centuries.  Mao’s seizure of this proud nation and the subsequent planned infiltration of the region by Han Chinese is reprehensible.

Now we have the protests.

China’s repression of Tibetans is yet another reminder of the fact that the Chinese government is a brutal bunch of thugs.  Why the hell GW would even show up at the Olympic ceremonies is beyond me.  W has championed human rights and has made good on the rhetoric for the most part.  But it is unconscionable for the President to do anything that would act as an endorsement of this disgusting regime.

The IOC was wrong to award the Olympics to Beijing in the first place.  Why reward despots?  I personally feel that a boycott of the Olympics by the US is warranted; however, I know that won’t happen.  We continue to kowtow to China under the auspice of “engagement.”  When will we recognize this dictatorship for what it really is, and stand with the oppressed masses against this abomination?