Wednesday, December 23, 2009

This is why I could never be a diplomat 

From the afternoon news:

The United States on Wednesday denounced China's trial of leading Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo as a political one that is "uncharacteristic of a great country."

But it is absolutely "characteristic" of a brutal Communist dictatorship, whether or not dressed up in capitalist duds.

Frankly, the whole line is nonsense. There have been numerous great countries that prosecuted political dissidents. Unless, of course, you define a "great country" circularly to mean only those countries that do not prosecute dissidents.

Fortunately, there are sufficient numbers of people comfortable with spewing utter horse pucky that this great country is able to staff its diplomatic corps. Otherwise, where would we be?


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