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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Thursday, March 31, 2005

No Officer...No Gentleman!

Richard Gere, actor, political activist and Hollywood hack is also the Chairman for the International Campaign for Tibet and founder of the House of Tibet New York. Mr. Gere promotes non-violent action to resolve the issue of Tibet as well as speaking out against the Bush Administration for involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. Gere believes mass graves; torture and subversion of a people can only be corrected by non-violent means. To his credit, Mr. Gere is calling on the European Union to maintain the current arms embargo on China. To his discredit, Mr. Gere lives in the Utopian world of denial. Sanctions only allow governments to become more creative finding methods to "beat the system" while only its people suffer. Close observation of North Korea is an example Mr. Gere avoids to discuss. "Maintaining the embargo provides strong leverage in encouraging progress toward a resolution of the status of Tibet and toward sustaining stability elsewhere. The key to Tibet's self-determination lies in China's transformation. In supporting Tibet, we need to consider the changes that are happening in China today -- its increasing sophistication and influence on the world stage and the desire of the Chinese people for progress," states Gere. Mr. Gere brings to our attention decades of stalemate in freeing Tibet. Yes, decades of suppression of an entire population. Where have "discussions" led? Is Tibet any more free? Violence is not the only means to freeing societies but inaction for decades is torture in itself. We should remember the Paris peace talks during the Vietnam War where years of discussion took place over the shape of the conference table and seating arrangements. Mr. Gere lives in the liberal world of idealism and fiction. Mr. Gere, torture and mass graves are reality, not something found on celluloid.

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