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See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

By John E. Carey - posted Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Presidents are often accused of selective blindness. Hero of the US Civil War General U.S. Grant became President of the United States and was considered, by most men of his time including Mark Twain who published the president’s memoirs, an honorable man. Yet Grant filled his government with corrupt and crooked men who almost destroyed him.

In the last century, some leaders hailed Adolph Hitler during the 1930s for building an economic resurgence of miracle proportions in Germany. After 1945, they claimed to deny the holocaust or said that they were just following orders.

The current President of Vietnam, H.E Nguyen Minh Triet, spent last week in the United States transmitting a message of economic prosperity and growth for those that do business with Vietnam. But what he was told, by the President of the United States and several congressional leaders, was that he had to address what Amnesty International has called widespread abuse of human rights in Vietnam. “Harassment and threats against leading dissidents increased and attempts were made to ensure that they could not meet or talk with foreigners,” Amnesty International reported on May 23, 2007.


President Triet didn’t hear any of this.

More than 70 per cent of the US and western media reporters that filed stories on President Triet’s visit to the US discussed the issue of human rights in Vietnam. President Triet and his advisors did not see any of this.

We know this because in the Washington Times, President Triet spelled out his myopic vision of the future for the Vietnam and US relationship. It is a wonderful fantasy of economic wealth not unlike Adolph Hitler’s 1930s promises. It makes no mention of Vietnam’s ugly, largely unseen, repression of religious freedom, denial of free speech and free elections, near genocide of ethnic minorities such as the Hmong, and other human rights abuses like human trafficking.

The President of the United States says he mentioned these abuses to President Triet. But reading President Triet’s account of his trip to the US reveals an additional crime of selective listening.

President Hu Jintao of China suffers from the same psychiatric ailments that inflict President Triet of Vietnam.

President Hu and the rest of China have agreed to be completely oblivious to what President Bush and others in the world community call the genocide in Darfur.


There are a few small glitches, though, in President Hu’s current myopia which Peace and Freedom calls the “Blindness to Darfur” strategy. The UN condemns it. The EU condemns it. NATO condemns it. Everybody condemns it. Both the Canadian Prime Minister and the King of Sweden and his PM spoke to Hu about it in the course of ten days in June 2007. But President Hu is on a course to blow off the entire world, which he has been doing for some time. One small fly in the ointment: Hollywood stars that are starting to refer to the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics as the “Genocide Games”.

President Hu has also watched a series of interesting scandals erupt inside China during the last few months.

China has slavery hidden in the outlying regions far from the prying eyes of the western media. Children are used as slaves in mines and in brick making. Child labour is a problem too. Children were found manufacturing Beijing Olympics 2008 memorabilia. China has exported to the United States, and the world, tons of food, pet food and digestible health care products like toothpaste which are laced with poisonous substances prohibited for such uses in the west.

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First published in Peace and Freedom on june 25, 2007.

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John E. Carey has been a military analyst for 30 years.

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