Chiese Pemier Wen Jiabao told the world things were simply wonderful in Tibet until that horrible notorious war maker, the Dalai Lama, sent his agents into peaceful Lhasa to stir up things. “This incident has seriously disrupted order in Lhasa and inflicted heavy losses of lives and property for the people.” He insisted “local government and competent departments have been strict keeping with the Constitution and laws, and exercised extreme restraint.” He vigorously denied claims by the Dalai Lama that that China has been engaged in “cultural genocide.”
Of course, reports indicate close to 100 people are dead despite the “restraint” of local Chinese officials in handling the riots. China has constantly imposed its will upon the people of Tibet and in a blatant effort to downgrade the Tibetan culture as representing a backward view of the world. If China is so intent on allowing freedom, why not invite the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet and accord him complete freedom of religion?
Criticism of Chinese actions has nothing to do with other nations seeking to impose their will upon the government of China. The Chinese government supports military dictatorship in Myanmar, it supports genocide in Darfur, and pretends it is just an innocent victim of the Western world. No one denies there is more freedom in China today than existed under previous Communist leaders, but the essence of a free society is an open forum of ideas. Perhaps, the Chinese government might begin its quest for freedom by ending restraints on access to the Internet and YouTube.