Obama Administration Tells Persecuted Chinese Activists: Screw You
“All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.”
President George W. Bush
Second Inaugural Address
January 20, 2005
President Bush went on to liberate 50,000,000 persecuted Muslims from two of the most brutal regimes in recent history.
In China, President Bush boldly attended Christian services:
Standing with the Kuanjie Summer Vacation School Choir and Pastor Meng Maoru, President George W. Bush delivers a statement outside Beijing Kuanjie Protestant Christian Church in Beijing Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008. Said the President, “Laura and I just had the great joy and privilege of worshiping here in Beijing, China. You know, it just goes to show that God is universal, and God is love, and no state, man or woman should fear the influence of loving religion.” (White House photo by Chris Greenberg)
But, that’s all in the past now.
Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed yesterday vowed not to let human rights concerns hinder cooperation with China.
The AFP reported:
Amnesty International and a pro-Tibet group voiced shock Friday after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed not to let human rights concerns hinder cooperation with China.
Paying her first visit to Asia as the top US diplomat, Clinton said the United States would continue to press China on long-standing US concerns over human rights such as its rule over Tibet.
“But our pressing on those issues can’t interfere on the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crisis,” Clinton told reporters in Seoul just before leaving for Beijing.
T. Kumar of Amnesty International USA said the global rights lobby was “shocked and extremely disappointed” by Clinton’s remarks.
“The United States is one of the only countries that can meaningfully stand up to China on human rights issues,” he said.
“But by commenting that human rights will not interfere with other priorities, Secretary Clinton damages future US initiatives to protect those rights in China,” he said.
According to a report in 2008, the number of persecuted Christians in China was 788, and the number of Christians arrested and detained increased to 693.
More… Dan Riehl notes what Hillary said to Bush about human rights abuses in China just 6 months ago.
UPDATE: Where’s the video of Hillary saying this? Could you imagine if Condi Rice would have said something as heartless as this? It would have been all over the news by now. Today this is barely a headline.