I've been signing the petitions, etc., but I don't feel in my heart that it does any good. Everyone with a conscience knows this is wrong - but it's been going on since the 1950s and no government with the power to help has made more than token moves - which includes BOTH Canada and the U.S.. As for why, get real - China is physically the biggest country in the world, with vast natural resources and a huge population - plus significant trade and manufacturing ties to most developed countries, again including U.S. and Canada. It's the cold hard math of survival - no responsible western government is going to put itself in the position of taking on China unless forced to do so (think Hitler in WWII - and Germany was tiny compared to China). So, unless some genius comes up with a brilliant solution, or a lot of people are willing to put their lives on the line fighting for Tibetan independence (and have brains and deep pockets to back them up), or some other miracle occurs, I don't see a good outcome here. And, yes, the Chinese attitude to human rights IS despicable. But I don't see how we can force them to behave without starting World War III. Not to mention that the use of force is the last refuge of the incompetent.
As for China's current violence in Tibet, I'm sure part (if not all) of the reason this is happening now is the timing is right for China - they know the U.S. is not in a position to do or say squat and has to back them up. The U.S. government is already involved in completely mucking up one fight, to the point of ruining the economy, not to mention sinking us in debt to, hmmmm, now who did we borrow all that money from? Oh yeah - China. So guess who is unlikely to pick a fight, or even say anything bad about China right now? Hmmmm?
(Have I mentioned how much I really, really, really dislike George Bush and every other bureaucrat, corporation and fat cat involved in mucking up the war and getting us so in debt to a foreign power?)
Interesting fact - if you calculate foreign aid as a percentage of the gross national income available, the U.S. government ranks dead last most years (plus there are the attached strings *) - however, because U.S. is so wealthy, in actual dollars U.S. government still gives more than anyone else. Even more interesting - U.S. citizens are among the most charitable in the world - ranked based on gross domestic product, US citizens are in the top ten for giving.
So, guess what, we care - U.S. citizens are among the most open-hearted and generous in the world - unfortunately the U.S. government, not so much. I don't know about you, but the message I am getting is that we are putting the wrong people in charge. Maybe it would help if we picked decent human beings with smarts to run things - instead of members of the privileged and power elite who look good on the surface, but are cunning and corrupt to the core - not to mention short-sighted and stupid. Of course, just how stupid are we for electing them?
Then again, it seems to me every government on earth is like this - or worse. And every group of people on the planet seems to make the same mistakes the U.S. does and to elect their leaders from the same privileged groups - or worse. Why do people do this - elect pampered idiots and maniacs, commit genocide, oppress others? Is it genetic programming? mass idiocy? alien mind control? Whatever the reason, this type of human behavior has been going on since the dawn of recorded history - I'd like to see it change for the better, but I don't have any answers on how to accomplish that. If you figure it out, let me know. In the meantime, I'm willing to try Morpheus' suggestion - maybe the power of positive meditation / prayer can help - who knows? It is, at least, not likely to hurt - and it is a lot better than doing nothing.
* Example of an attached string: Because George Bush is against birth control, he tied foreign aid to it. He refused to fund hospitals in developing countries that provided birth control - or even had any materials on the premises referring to birth control or having anything to do with planned parenthood. The direct result of this was to put many hospitals out of business - leaving everyone for hundreds of miles with no healthcare. People suffered horribly and died because of this, including children and unborn babies. I can't think of anything more evil - or more unchristian. Not to mention that foreign aid is paid for by our taxes - this was not George Bush's private money - he had no right to tie that money to his own private agenda - a private agenda which was and is against the will of the majority and against U.S. law. And yet this happened. Talk about abuse of power! - are there no laws to forbid this? If there aren't, there should be.
P.S. To the persons who emailed me (you know who you are), the comment about alien mind control was meant as a joke. And, no, I do not think aliens are controlling our thoughts from outer space.