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Monday, June 30, 2008
Adam misses the point, but he makes mine
One of the biggest dangers in dealing with news out of Communist China is to make sure you get the entire picture. The situation in Weng'an, Guizhou is a prime example.
In a post yesterday, Adam Y. approvingly noted the riot that seemed to result from a coverup of a rape and murder committed by the relative of a local cadre. While those of us who follow Communist China closely can sympathize with the local citizenry, most readers of this news will see the word "riot" and quickly dismiss those who were involved, especially as nearly everyone has placed "alleged" in front of the incident in question.
I suspect, however, that these readers would be much closer to Adam and me if they knew the victim's uncle was himself beaten to death by Communist-backed thugs after he demanded justice for his niece.
This wasn't merely a reaction to a coverup of an alleged crime; this was a counter-attack against a regime that unquestionably murdered one of their own.
For myself and Adam, that wouldn't be much of a distinction, but as I said, there are a lot of Americans, Canadians, and other inhabitants of the globe who are not as informed on this subject as he or I.
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Nothing to see here folks,please move on,and remember to stop by the olympic gift shop on your way out.
Posted by: wallyj | 2008-06-30 7:48:11 PM
>"One of the biggest dangers in dealing with news out of Communist China is to make sure you get the entire picture."
The whole world waited with baited breath for the entire picture of the SARS pandemic to emerge on a daily basis from the PRC in 2002-2003.
With the ChiComs the entire picture never emerges.
Important frags are only teased out later and those fragments are always obfuscated by Communist apologists who preserve face for the ChiComs through plausible deniability.
It is always a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, seen through a fog with a distant shit smeared lens wrapped with a red silk ribbon.
Posted by: Speller | 2008-07-01 12:06:44 AM
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