Tuesday, August 16, 2011


"The West have been talking about supporting internet freedom, and oppose other countries' government to control this kind of websites, now we can say they are tasting the bitter fruit [of their complacency] and they can't complain about it," wrote one commentator in official Communist Party mouthpiece, People's Daily.
London riots: China raises questions over safety of 2012 Olympic Games
Translation: How's that irony taste, chumps?

Western governments, here in the United States and abroad are going to have to do a better job with making the case for going after social networking sites, or, more likely, simply drop that line of reasoning, if they are going to avoid looking like hypocrites in front of the rest of the world. It's going to be hard for them to claim that only protesters in countries that they happen to have some sort of (generally) adversarial relationship with are engaged in legitimate action, while their own citizens are simply lawless hoodlums.

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