A casual glance of English news bulletins on the web reveal articles such as the following:
- China cracks down in Inner Mongolia to thwart protests (LA Times)
- China Clamps Down in Bid to Halt Mongolian Protests (WSJ)
- China must avoid force in Mongolia: Amnesty (AFP)
I am dismayed at the tone of the coverage from the West.
If a potentially socially explosive situation arises anywhere in the world – whether it is in L.A. between blacks and whites or between tribes in Somalia – I’d think the responsible thing is to urge restraint amongst the people and for the government to make a show of force. It may even be time to impose some restrictions on movements (as local conditions dictate) for heads to cool down. I’d not call sending in police and guards to keep the peace and urge cooler head “crack down” – or “clamping down.” Read more…