Saturday :: Jul 31, 2004

Welcome To America - Now BEAT It!!

by pessimist

As if the United States needs another international incident at a time when there are so many currently happening, we get this:

Chinese in uproar over attack at U.S.-Canada border

The graphic front-page photo has played to the worst fears of this provincial river port city [TIANJIN, China] showing a local businesswoman's face beaten black and blue and her eyes swollen shut. The victim is a Chinese tourist who recently was attacked during an outing to Niagara Falls, on the U.S.-Canadian border.

But the suspect isn't any violent criminal or quick-hit mugger. The man who allegedly punched Zhao Yan repeatedly and doused her with pepper spray was an inspector with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

I'll bet you can't wait to take Grandma to the airport!

Officer Robert Rhodes is accused of throwing the 37-year-old gym-equipment saleswoman against a wall, kneeing her in the head and striking her head on the ground. Rhodes, 43, was charged with violating her civil rights and faces 10 years in prison if convicted. He said he thought Zhao was with a man from whom officers had just confiscated marijuana.

Seen one Asian, you seen 'em all, eh?

After creating some suspicions by her movements, Zhao ran away just as authorities were doing a drug search. Rhodes grabbed Zhao, pepper-sprayed her, and roughed her up and badly bruised her face when she swung her arms at him in a struggle, according to U.S. officials.

The attack has touched a nerve. In what the state-run media have called an unusual move, Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing this week called on U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to launch a "serious and thorough investigation" into the July 21 incident.

A business group called the Preparatory Committee of the Commission for the Promotion of U.S.-China Free Trade has criticized U.S. officials for the attack. Although it understands America's need to beef up security after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the group said U.S. immigration officers have no right to assault foreigners without bothering to find out the basic facts.

That ain't the AssKKKroftian way, sailor!

For many Chinese, the attack confirmed their worst nightmares of foreign travel and raised concerns about the safety of Chinese nationals living abroad, especially in the United States.

"I have been to many countries in the past for business purposes, and the United States is the most barbarous," Zhao told the state-run China Daily, which is distributed nationwide. The newspaper reported Zhao has hired a U.S. lawyer and plans to sue, seeking $5 million in damages.

Photos of Zhao with eyes swollen by the spray and panel talk shows featuring famous law professors on prime-time Chinese TV are playing here. Shopping at a Tianjin supermarket Wednesday, Zhang Weihao said women were not humiliated this way in China. "Women are supposed to be respected everywhere in the world," he said. "But apparently not in America."

College student Liu Peili said Zhao's experience illustrated the gap between the virtues preached by the United States and the reality of life within its own borders.

"America always points its finger at other countries, including China, about their so-called human-rights violations," the 22-year-old Tianjin native said.

"So why then should an incident as ugly as this occur right there in the U.S.? America always seems to do exactly opposite of what it tells other countries to do."

This comes after this spring's coverage here of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

For many here, the incident harks back to the 1999 U.S. bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Although U.S. officials apologized for what they called an error, many Chinese thought the attack was intentional.

And there are still people out there who can't see that this sort of immoral and ignorantly bigoted behavior begins at the top of the Bu$h-Cheney food chain!

Thanks George! When China gets even more testy about Taiwan, do us the courtesy of remembering this little 'incident' - you can bet that the Chinese will!

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