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Olympic Protests Should Help Tibet

July 15, 2008

Wall Street Journal
July 14, 2008; Page A16

Ironically, "No Olympic Medal for Bush" by Ronan O'Sullivan Farrow
(op-ed, July 11) demonstrates the same unwillingness to confront China
for which he criticizes President Bush. Mr. Farrow glaringly omits
mention of Tibet in his article. Tibetans, unlike the Burmese or
Darfurians, are considered by Beijing to be citizens of China. China's
policy of occupation and its commitment to the resulting suppression of
Tibetan freedom is orders of magnitude greater than its involvement in
Burma and Sudan combined. And China has the power to act directly in Tibet.

So why would Mr. Farrow fail to cite Tibet, especially in light of the
pessimistic results of the recent talks between Beijing and the Tibetan
government in exile? Perhaps he wants to avoid upsetting China's leaders
and hopes thereby to achieve some positive movement in Darfur. In this,
his motives reflect those of President Bush. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
somewhere said that when evaluating a political position he always
considered what the prisoners in the gulag would think. We must side
with Tibet.

Frank J. Howard
Rochester, N.Y.
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