China, be proud of Liu Xiaobo: The eyes are of little use if the mind be blind

Filed in Current affairs, foreign affairs, Politics by on October 10, 2010 2 Comments

The Nobel prize committee has selected the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. It is a shock in Beijing. Mr. Xiaobo’s fight for basic human rights and freedom of expression is very known for those who follow politics in China and the transformations happening there. It is a well deserved prize.

As expected, the Chinese government has criticized the Nobel prize committee and called Liu a criminal. The Chinese government is very nervous about reform. We all agree that political reform in China should not be like the European political model. Chinese are not Europeans or Americans.

The Chinese people should be cautious about the word “democracy”. It is like drinking alcohol. If you drink too much, it can lead to violence. The Chinese people should be proud of Liu Xiaobo despite their fear of their government. The Chinese government is “allergic” to anything that interferes with its internal affairs. As the Bedouin of Egypt say, “The eyes are of little use if the mind be blind.”

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