Saturday, August 2, 2008


Remember that recent comment by one of McCain’s campaign managers that if there were a terrorist attack on the U.S. that would be good for McCain?

Well, just so you don’t think there’s anything uniquely perfidious about our political operatives, here’s a similar quote from a Chinese Communist Party leader, who referrred to the recent earthquake that killed 70,000 people in China as “a good opportunity” to improve China’s image ahead of the Olympics.

The article in this week’s Economist that reported this quip, went on to say that one of the big changes in China is that the central government had less of a grip on local officials.  It’s no longer a “totalitarian” country, but “a mixture of jostling bureaucratic and economic interests which push official somethings toward thuggery and sometimes toward greater tolerance.”

Would that both these attitudes were visible here.

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