Wednesday, January 25, 2006


China, Google and World Plights

So much is going on right now, but I really don't care about most of it. Canadia put in a new Conservative PM, the Palestinians put Hamas in charge, and the Alito nomination is underway. I guess the story I find most interesting is Google's new presence in China. The media is trying to drum up bad feelings towards Google by saying that it is going participate in censorship to allow themselves to have a stake in China. I don't really have a problem with this. If you don't go along with the PRC, then there will be no Google in China. Despite China's best efforts, if there is one thing you can't do to the internet, it is censor it. The internet, and tools like Google and blogs hold the key to the Chinese's future as a free people. Google will only serve to expand communication in China. The Chinese government continues to fan the fires of free speech and it is only a matter of time before it consumes them. So I'm not angry with Google taking the next step in the erosionary process. Besides, I don't think Americans in general care about the rest of the world's plights as much as they used to. We just saved a few hundred thousand lives by ousting Saddam Hussein and no one really seems to care. Oh, sure they'll throw that out there when they are looking to defend the decision, but it doesn't really move people. The excuse? There are suffering people everywhere, why should I care about the Kurds. It's really a plight overload that hit us in the Vietnam Era that caused us to reject compassion for anyone not living in the United States. A bus turns over in Michigan, kills a handicapped woman, you'll listen to the story over and over for days and probably demand an investigation. If a bus turns over in Bahrain and kills 50 people, we wonder where Bahrain is before changing the channel. I'm tired of hearing about plights, it seems like every country has one. What, China? You say you are suffering under the opressive rule of a Communist dictatorship? Rise up already, jeez. I know you've only got around 1.3 Billion people and there are quite a few people working for the PRC, but if it's really that bad, quit crying to us about it and throw yourselves into revolution. I thought you Communists were supposed to be good at uniting and stuff. Whatever, you chose not to support Chiang Kai Shek just because the Kuomintang was a little corrupt, now you have to deal with it. If you're ever wondering what might have been if you would have simply let the Nationalists stay in power, well just look at Taiwan. Oh yeah, I went there.

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