I hear that a Chinese “dissident” named Liu Xiaobo has won the Nobel peace prize and that the Chinese government are once again throwing tantrums. It seems that they have convinced 18 other countries not to attend the prize giving ceremony.
The great thing about tyrants is that they are stupid. They are so stupid that they are completely unaware of how their aggressive behaviour exposes them as illegitimate tyrants. For example China is reported to have sent letters to every embassy in Oslo threatening “consequences” if their representative attended the prize giving ceremony.
Further, it is possible to judge a regime by it’s friends. The 18 countries which agreed to boycott the ceremony are: Pakistan, Iran, Sudan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Iraq, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Venezuela, the Philippines, Egypt, Ukraine, Cuba and Morocco. Not all of these countries are corrupt dictatorships but if were one were putting together a list of corrupt dictatorships it would not be a bad starting point.
It is very fashionable in the world today to condemn the United States for it’s failings and it is true that the Invasion of Iraq and the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo bay have not done America’s image any good. But does anyone seriously think that the Chinese would behave better in the same situation? This is the same regime which rolled tanks over unarmed civilian protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989 and now blocks any searches to the Tiananmen Square protests. Just as it screens all Internet access for it’s citizens.
The United States is an imperfect democracy. China is a dictatorship.
The Chinese government could have reacted in a low key way and argued that it was working it’s way toward more open government but instead the Chinese authorities exposed themselves and their agenda.
Chinese government’s reaction underlines the aggressive nature of the people who comprise the government of China. They have got to where they are by bullying and intimidation and so this is their natural response to criticism.
They complain that the prize is an insult to the Chinese people but the Chinese government do not represent the Chinese people and they do not speak for the Chinese people. They have no mandate to power and they maintain their grip on power in the same way that tyrants have always maintained their grip on power: by bullying, intimidation and violence.
The Chinese government reaction to this award demonstrates a definite need for the Nobel Peace Prize to encourage democracy and freedom within all countries.
The award shows that the recipient was well chosen.