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Detective Columbo Would Not Have Let China Get Away with Opressing Tibet

May 23, 2008

By Robert Paul Reyes, Op-Ed Contributor
NewsBlaze (Folsom, CA)
May 21, 2008

Detective Columbo, portrayed by Peter Falk, is one of my favorite TV
characters. The scruffy looking, seemingly slow-witted detective
always solved his cases, because he was as tenacious and relentless
as a Pit Bull.

I loved watching Columbo interview a suspect; he would pepper the
suspect with seemingly irrelevant questions. Columbo would often turn
as if to leave, and then he would turn around and say, "Just one more
thing." Colombo's interview technique qualifies as cruel and unusual
punishment, and should be outlawed by police departments.

Columbo hounded his hapless suspects until out of sheer frustration
and a desire never to see the detective again, they confessed to
every crime under the sun.

All of the presidential candidates and President George W. Bush have
issued press releases and made statements denouncing the oppression
of Tibet by China.

But they quickly moved on to other issues, the oppressed population
of Tibet needs more than lip service from American politicians.

Is there an American statesman with the intelligence and tenacity of
Columbo? When George Bush meets with the Chinese government officials
for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Summer Games, he should
imitate Columbo and hound them until they agree to ease their iron
grip on Tibet
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