Today is one of those days when I despair of the world around me. Hopefully the local Museum will be saved and Cindy is right I do tend to bash the Americans with gay, [am I allowed to use that word?], abandon. I cannot remember any time, when in the last 40 years, I have been in agreement with the politicians of that country. This is a pity as most of the people I have met in Cyberspace are decent, hardworking Americans. The body politic in Washington DC appears to have lost touch with them as well as me! However, today my gripe is with China.
The torch relay IS a political gesture, who would think any differently? Only in London did it truly wave in the name of the Olympic ideal. Only in London were the police able to handle the crowds. In Paris, San Francisco, Rio de Janario, Islamabad and Delhi it was hidden from the public gaze. Which civil servant on which committee in Beijing decided the Olympic torch should circumnavigate the world? If that country has the equivalent of a ‘salt mine in Siberia’ he should be sent there forthwith. He may be dismayed but it came as no surprise to me, that a month before the torch left Athens, the Mad Monks branch of the Lhasa Rentamob were out on that cities streets. Sending the torch on its journey was too good an opportunity for anti China protests. The question is not why it happened but who financed the insurrection?
History tells us that the state of Texas was dragged screaming into the Federation of United States of America, some 140 years ago. Some 800 years ago the Principality of Wales became part of the growing United Kingdom, following centuries of border wars with the English. It is as inconceivable for Texan and Welsh cessation from The USA and England respectively, as it is for Tibet to be divorced from Greater China. Tibet has been part of China, longer than Normandy has been part of France!
Having said that and agreeing with the Chinese view that controlling mobs in Lhasa, intent on violence and destruction, is an internal affair, why are they supplying arms to Zimbabwe? A Chinese ship, the An Yue Jiang, containing a 77-tonne cargo – including rounds of ammunition, AK47 assault rifles, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades arms destined for the landlocked Zimbabwe, has docked in South Africa. Irrespective of whether the arms are for the illegal Mugabe clique or for the rightfully elected government of that destitute country the sale of armaments is illegal and immoral. If China wants the respect of the world, forget the torch, just get this ship to sail to the deepest part of the Indian Ocean and dump its cargo.