Thursday, March 20, 2008
Olympics in China, Torture in Tibet
On Monday afternoon about 100 people came marching down the sidewalk on Van Ness Avenue.
They were protesting China's heavy-handed occupation of Tibet, now in its sixth decade.
The expatriate California composer Daniel Wolf is proposing a personal boycott of all things made in China and he's probably on the right track (click here for the whole post on his brilliant blog, "Renewable Music.")
However, it's hard to act morally superior as a nation after what we've just done and continue to do to the sorry ex-nation of Iraq.
I'm not sure where the crowd of protestors were headed, though City Hall was probably the target..
The other day there was a crowd of about 50 people marching in a loop around City Hall chanting slogans protesting the invasion of Kurdish areas by Turkey.
In many respects, our world hasn't outgrown World War One and the weirdly reconstructed borders that came out of that disaster.
I wish we were further along in the story that Arthur C. Clarke told in "Childhood's End," where the overlords simply demand, "Stop war and then let your civilizations evolve."