John on March 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm
From today’s NY Times:
On Monday, hours after the departure of President Barack Obama, Brazil’s government issued a statement condemning the assault and urging “the start of dialogue.”
So much for our wonderful future as partners. The main point of the article is that China is now stepping up opposition to the US led actions as well:
China’s response to the allied campaign has been the most forceful, with warnings that the assault could bring about a “humanitarian disaster.” In a regular news briefing on Tuesday, Jiang Yu, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, called for an end to hostilities. “We’ve seen reports that the use of armed force is causing civilian casualties, and we oppose the wanton use of armed force leading to more civilian casualties,” she said.
No one believes that China gives a damn about civilian casualties. They are facing an uptick in public dissatisfaction with their own dictatorship and have been cracking down hard on pro-Democracy forces. This is no doubt exacerbated by the President’s plans to spread democracy in Libya.
Though its real interests are obvious, it’s still interesting to note how similar the Chinese communist complaints sound to the equally transparent and politically motivated noises coming from US liberals circa 2007:
The Chinese news media, meanwhile, have been…depicting the American-led assault as an attempt to grab that country’s oil resources and expand American influence in the region.
A front page article in People’s Daily on Tuesday said the United Nations resolution characterizing the Libyan army’s attack on civilians as a possible “crime against humanity” was simply cover for what it called the West’s hegemonic intentions. “Historical experience has shown that humanitarian intervention is only an excuse for military intervention into other countries’ domestic affairs,” wrote the author, Tang Zhichao, a scholar at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations. “They claim to be motivated by morality but in fact they are driven by narrow political and economic interests.”
This is the Chinese equivalent of screaming “Halliburton!”
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