The Shotgun Blog
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Tyrants hold true to form in Beijing and Tehran
Those of us who advocate a hard line toward Communist China usually hear it from those who disagree on the plethora of foreign investments in Communist China, and how that will supposedly lead to change.
Those of us who advocate a hard line toward the Communist-backed mullahcracy of Iran hear a different set of criticisms, largely centered around naive inflations of the mullahs' "elections" (which Winston thoroughly debunked earlier).
Today, I can present evidence against both: one of the biggest American retailers, Walmart, is now buckling to Communist pressure and setting up Communist Party branches in its stores (third item). Try and imagine Stephen Harper or George Bush trying to get away with that - if the thought ever even crossed their minds (which I doubt).
Tyrants are tyrants, folks. They fear - and thus seek to co-opt, silence, or kill - supporters of democracy wherever they are found, be it across the street or across the globe.
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How right you are but do not expect the Lefties to admit to this truth. After all they denied and hid the millions murdered by Lenin, Stalin, Mao, etc. They continue to refuse to allow the truth, reality to influence their ideology.
Posted by: Alain | 2006-12-19 11:58:06 AM
The "dissent" repsented by the "oposition" to "Western hegemony" is the reason that Democracy ultimately will fall. Democracy is of course a "rightwing" idea, coming out of silly notions of equality, justice and fairness. So "Western" and clearly oppressive.
Posted by: bcf | 2006-12-19 3:17:01 PM
I wonder what it should take for westerners and free world to support the freedom movements of oppressed people.
Posted by: Winston | 2006-12-19 3:32:52 PM
We chose to leave it behind. So did you.
Posted by: dan | 2006-12-19 3:36:45 PM
The question asked by Winston is an important one. Very often, to ask the right question is part of the solution.
I think Iran per se is not the real problem. Islam is the real problem. There is a risk of quagmire if we risk an invasion of Iran. And the way our western democracies are, we also have to deal with the internal opposition.
What was Hitler doing when he wanted a regime change in a country?
Posted by: Rémi Houle | 2006-12-19 5:45:15 PM
Remi... good points my friend and I dislike Islam as much as you do but I disagree with Islam being the real problem, if we defeat the main backer and supporter of radical islamic thoughts (AKA IRANIAN REGIME) then Islam will fade away in matter of years.
Posted by: Winston | 2006-12-19 7:09:58 PM
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