China The Coddler and The Tyrannical Three: The Burma, North Korea and Sudan Rant
You really have to hand it to China. I mean, there's simply no denying the magnificent effort the Chinese government has put into becoming an old school Superpower, in the mold of America and the Soviets during the Cold War. Just look at how passionately the Chinese defend, love and nurture three of the most despicable regimes on the planet. That is, Burma, North Korea and Sudan, of course. Check out Beijing's heartfelt apologia for mass slaughter and horrific repression. Watch in amazement as petty dictators and genocidal regimes are coddled and cozied up to. And marvel at the sheer stubbornness and complete lack of morality on display as China increasingly steps out onto the world stage.
Whether it be Burma's ruthless suppression of its own people, North Korea's starvation of millions of its citizens while spending all of the country's money on nuclear weapons and the military, or Sudan's genocide of the people of Darfur, China is always there to encourage the tyrants, load 'em up with weapons, and protect them from sanctions and censor in the UN Security Council. To put it succinctly, China's simply there for them whenever they're in need. 'Cause, hey, as that old song goes, and as any petty dictator will tell you, "we all need somebody to lean on".
But we're not just dealing with a brilliantly ignoble play for Superpower status here. No, we really also have to admire the Chinese regime for their amazing sense of self-esteem. Most countries would flinch, at least somewhat, if the rest of the world were looking at them as pathetically unscrupulous Machiavellian pricks with no sense of morality whatsoever, but not the leaders of China. They simply don't give a shit what anyone else thinks. Like the Bush administration with its ongoing destruction of Iraq, these guys over in China simply don't care how much their country is held in disdain and contempt around the world. Genocide in Darfur? They're there. Horrific oppression of the people of North Korea by Kim Jong Mentally-il? They're there. Killing and repression in Burma? You better bet they're there to support the junta in their hour of greatest need. If anything's for sure it's that China can always be counted on to protect the most psychotic regimes, no matter how vicious or tyrannical. It takes guts to seek out the lowest of the low, the most despicable of the despicable and not only call them your friends, but also be there for them at all times and in every possible way. Some may call it repulsive, I call it an incredible sense of self-confidence.
Of course you could say that the Chinese may actually have an ulterior motive in all of this, as it could be argued that by having these other three countries hogging all the time in the Scumbag Spotlight China, relatively speaking, gets to look pretty good human-rights-wise. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying they're doing it for exclusively selfish reasons; I fully acknowledge that they may, in fact, genuinely enjoy the company of their fellow despotic undemocratic dictatorial regimes, but it certainly doesn't hurt that, when compared to The Tyrannical Three, China clearly doesn't look quite as bad as usual.
And, besides, Superpowers are supposed to behave this way, right? Remember the British government under Thatcher trying to prop up the apartheid regime in South Africa back in the '80s? Ok, so the British haven't been a Superpower for 90 years now, but how about America and Russia, all throughout the Cold War, arming and backing ruthless dictators/friends around the world; friends, in America's case, such as Saddam Hussein and Augusto Pinochet. Even today America is always there for their so-called friends in Saudi Arabia and then, of course, there's the blanket protection and support of Israel regardless of whatever they may do to the Palestinians or Lebanese.
And, yeah, Russia, nominally a democracy, is also still there for Burma these days as well, and is also, somehow, still quite supportive of North Korea too, but even they hesitate when it comes to defending the slaughter in Darfur. Of course, they're not adverse to wiping out a couple hundred thousand people themselves in Chechyna, but "Come on, that was different, they were just Chechens", they exclaim in their own defense.
Earlier this week China's foreign ministry reiterated China's standard and never-changing position, saying "sanctions or pressure will not help to solve the issue" in Burma. Same thing they say about Darfur, of course. Clearly, they're simply going through the buddying-up-to-the-psychopaths stage of Superpower development. It's just a phase. A phase that admittedly can last decades, but just a phase nonetheless.
And what exactly is the situation in Burma anyway? Well, for anyone who doesn't already know, it's pretty black and white. On the one hand you have the people of Burma, the Buddhist monks of Burma and the Nobel Peace Prize winning Aung San Suu Kyi, someone who is up there with Mandela and Gandhi in her greatness, her determination to free her country and her amazing self-sacrifice. A woman who has spent 12 of the last 18 years locked up in jail or under house arrest for the crime of having won a massive landslide victory in the 1990 elections. On the other hand you have the maggots (a.k.a. the generals; a.k.a the military junta) who locked her up after deciding it wasn't in their personal interest to honor the election results. The interests of the country as a whole be damned. It may be different guys at the top, but this is the same military regime that massacred at least 3,000 people back in 1988. And now, these past few weeks, they've been busy beating, torturing and murdering peacefully protesting monks. A stellar group of guys these generals. The kind China obviously prefers to Aung San Suu Kyi when it comes to choosing your neighbors and friends.
Then, in the Darfur region of Sudan, you have the pathetic joke of UN inaction year after year as hundreds of thousands of innocent people die. Why is this allowed to continue? Well, the whole ridiculous veto system which makes the Security Council such a joke, of course, along with China's clearly-stated intent to use its veto to protect its good friends in Khartoum.
So, come on everybody, raise a glass to the hard working enablers. Let's drink to the scum of the earth. Yes, The Tyrannical Three, thanks to their pimps in Beijing, are going to continue to bring the pain. And there's nothing anyone can do about it. When you're into being a petty dictatorial regime and your Great Protector is the one and only Superpower-status-seekin' China, well, then you've really got nothing to fear but the end of tyranny in China itself.
Mike Cowie (Oredakedo)
Friday, October 12th, 2007