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Friday, April 21, 2006

Bush Apologizes To Hu For Protester

Apologize to an authoritarian despot because he heard an opinion expressed that disturbed him? Fuck You Hu! No way.

As Neal Boortz said:

Yesterday China's president Hu Jintal was heckled by someone who managed to sneak into the press gallery covering a White House event. This is simply not allowed in China. In fact, when the video of Hu's remarks at the White House were shown in China the part involving the heckler was blacked out. We now learn that after the incident President Bush apologized to Hu. Apologized? For what? Did Bush apologize because someone managed to slip by White House security? If so ... probably appropriate. On the other hand, if Bush apologized because someone actually heckled the Chinese president, not good. This was a good chance for a lesson, not an apology. How about "Glorioski, President Hu, I'm do apologize that we didn't prevent that woman from slipping into our press gallery. But, you know, things are somewhat different here in the United States than they might be elsewhere. Here the leaders are directly responsible to the people, and the people have the freedom to express their thoughts, good thoughts or bad thoughts, to their leaders without fear of retribution or censorship. You ought to try it sometime."


boohiss 4/21/2006 10:29:00 AM  

That would be a good "lesson", but if one is trying to be diplomatic, that kind of approach could come as extremely condescending and patronizing, and would straing diplomatic relations more than help the cause of freedom and civil rights in China.

Kevin 4/21/2006 10:35:00 AM  

I disagree. After all, "when in Rome..."

We have nothing to apologize for. The most he deserved is a shrug and a hearty "Hey Hu baby, that's life. Welcome to the Free World."

One doesn't deal with despots by mollycoddling them.

Patrick 4/23/2006 11:06:00 AM  

You get points for using the word "mollycoddling."

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