by John Hawkins | March 25, 2008 7:12 am
Rarely do I ever say this, but good for Nancy Pelosi,
China has called US House speaker Nancy Pelosi a “defender of arsonists, looters and killers” after she visited the Dalai Lama and criticised Chinese “oppression” in Tibet.
Pelosi “turned a blind eye to merciless rioters” in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, the Xinhua state news agency said in a commentary on Pelosi’s trip to Dharamshala, seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile, last week.
“Apathetic to those innocent victims in the recent Lhasa riot, Pelosi lost her own ‘moral authority to speak about human rights’ when she acted as a defender of arsonists, looters and killers,” Xinhua said on Sunday.
“Finding a leverage to tarnish China, ‘human rights police’ like Pelosi are habitually bad tempered and ungenerous when it comes to China, refusing to check their facts and find out the truth of the case,” it said.
Pelosi was cheered on her trip to India, when she made the first high-level call on the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader after anti-Chinese protests led to violent clashes between Tibetans and Chinese police 10 days ago.
“If freedom-loving people throughout the world do not speak out against China’s oppression in Tibet, we have lost our moral authority to speak on behalf of human rights anywhere in the world,” Pelosi said.
What the Chinese have done to Tibet is wrong and incidentally, that alone should be enough to keep them from getting the Olympics. So, good for Pelosi for sticking up for Tibet. And China doesn’t like it? Well, having the Chinese complain about you is a badge of honor. Pelosi should be proud.
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