March 9, 2006
Human rights reports
The U.S. Department of State just released its 2005 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for China. As usual, the Chinese government responded by issuing its own report on the human rights record of the United States. I am glad to have the Chinese government join me in condemning many things that I have over the years contributed money, signed petitions, and cast my vote in order to defeat. But its report is more a schoolyard nyah-nyah than a real response to criticism of its own record. A real response would be (a) to admit with regret that the allegations are true, (b) to proclaim with pride that the allegations are true (Texas has never tried to conceal its execution rate), or (c) to deny the allegations. This attempt to change the subject does none of these.
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