... because it's the American thing to do... Kinda.
Trillions of dollars are being spent on a war that, as of recently, has been sold as an Iraqi liberation war. So... We're America, we do the right thing. When we see injustice, we inject diplomacy. When injustice persists, we persist. So...
How can we spend two (or more) full generations of tax dollars on a war for liberation in one country, then stumble to recognize a real chance to supply political pressure to a country that is sponsoring the genocides in Darfur and the oppression of Tibet?
(Photos from the recent riots in Tibet)
You don't have to be a political expert to see the flaw in our American ideals there. Or to see that China is wildly committing human rights crimes. And that this couldn't be a more perfect opportunity for the “free” world to say no to China and no to oppression.
Think about that word, liberation... Who really needs it?... Who has it?
Well, about two weeks after the riots in Lhasa that reminded the world of China's crimes... the Beijing Olympics unofficially started. Lighting the Olympic torch in Tiananmen Square today (yeah, that Tiananmen Square) to begin it's 20 day journey around the world.
Dozens of protest are expected, the torch only coming to America once to San Fransisco where of course, huge protest are planned. Ugh...
First came lead in Barbie dolls, now lead in millions of human beings, when did America stop doing the right thing?... or was it always about money? Double Ugh...
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Ugh News Update (4/2/08):
Does Nancy Pelosi read Ugh News?!? (We totally think so.)
Today she jumped on the boycott bandwagon... and pleads for U.S. officials, like President Bush, to sit out the opening and closing ceremonies.
We fucking LOVE Madame Speaker Pelosi!!!
Ugh News Update II (4/3/08):
There is some fantastic incite from a political science major who specializes in Asian history in the comments section... These are exactly the kinds of conversations Ugh News was created to explore. Check it out!