A dictatorship is easier than a democracy.
Unfortunately Hu proved that point in Washington, D.C., not Beijing.
According to the notoriously liberal Drudge Report:
The arrival ceremony for Chinese president Hu Jintao was interrupted by a protester who appealed to President Bush to stop Hu from 'persecuting the Falun Gong,' a banned religious movement in China.
The woman began shouting from the top of a camera stand located directly in front of Hu and Bush.
'President Bush, stop him from killing'… 'Stop persecuting the Falun Gong,' she yelled… She also shouted in Chinese, 'President Hu, your days are numbered, No more time for China's ruling party.'
The incident occured right after Bush urged Hu to allow Chinese to 'speak freely'. The woman, had a temporary pass with a big 'T' on it, also unfurled a yellow 'Falun Gong' banner.
The woman was taken away by uniformed secret service officers.
Bush leaned over and whispered to Hu, 'You're okay.' Hu, who had stopped talking briefly, then resumed speaking.
Was the smirking chimp merely prompting the Chinese tyrant to resume his speech, or was he making a broader endorsement of Hu's governing style?
You don't get everything you want. A dictatorship would be a lot easier.
– From Paul Begala's "Is Our Children Learning?"
I told all four that there are going to be some times where we don't agree with each other, but that's OK. If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator.
– CNN.com, December 18, 2000
A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it.
– Business Week, July 30, 2001
I'd like to say that I was disappointed by what took place in the nation's capital today, but that would require an element of surprise on my part. Suprise over the similarities between the post-9/11 United States and the Peoples Republic of China isn't something I have a lot of anymore, all things considered:
- The governments of both countries are dominated by a single, unchecked and corrupt political party.
- The governments of both countries sanction torture.
- The governments of both countries spy on their citizens without warrants or just cause.
- The governments of both countries actively seek to give the state the final say whether or not a woman should carry a child to term.
- The governments of both countries have labeled religious and social organizations engaged in peaceful opposition to their policies as "terrorist organizations" and have infiltrated them with agents of the state security apparatus.
And of course there's the fact that the Chinese government is currently bankrolling the Iraq fiasco.
It kind of puts the old wingnut allegations that Bill Clinton had sold-out the country to "Red China" into perspective, doesn't it?
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