Another view, from Canadian economist Michel Chossudovsky: “The human rights issue has become the centerfold of media disinformation.
“China is no model of human rights but neither are the US and its indefectible British ally, responsible for extensive war crimes and human rights violations in Iraq and around the World. The US and its allies, which uphold the practice of torture, political assassinations and the establishment of secret detention camps, continue to be presented to public opinion as a model of Western democracy to be emulated by developing countries, in contrast to Russia, Iran, North Korea and the People’s Republic of China.
“While China’s alleged human rights violations in relation to Tibet are highlighted, the recent wave of killings in Iraq and Palestine are not mentioned. The Western media has barely acknowledged the Fifth ‘anniversary’ of Iraq’s ‘Liberation’ and the balance sheet of the US sponsored killings and atrocities perpetrated against an entire population, in the name of a ‘global war on terrorism’.
“There are more than 1.2 million Iraqi civilian deaths, 3 million wounded. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) indicates a figure of 2.2 million Iraqi refugees who have fled their country and 2.4 million ‘internally displaced persons’: ‘Iraq’s population at the time of the US invasion in March 2003 was roughly 27 million, and today it is approximately 23 million.’“‘Elementary arithmetic indicates that currently over half the population of Iraq are either refugees, in need of emergency aid, wounded, or dead.’ (Dahr Jamail, Global Research, December 2007)
“There are deep-seated geopolitical objectives behind the campaign against the Chinese leadership.
“US-NATO-Israeli war plans in relation to Iran are at an advanced state of readiness. China has economic ties as well as a far-reaching bilateral military cooperation agreement with Iran. Moreover, China is also an ally of Russia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the context of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Since 2005, Iran has an observer member status within the SCO.” Read the rest, and thanks to Sean Corrigan.8:21 am on April 22, 2008 Email Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.