Dying for a Living - Page 2
Mrs. Kadeer survived 6 years in Chinese prisons, punished for her human rights work on behalf of her people. George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice picked up her story and negotiated a backdoor deal with China: trade concessions for Mrs. Kadeer’s release. She lives in exile now in the U.S., with ever-present threats to her life including having survived an assassination attempt in Virginia.
I would like to add that now she looks great and still carries herself with such hope and optimism as I imagine she did decades ago when she was an enormously successful business woman having amassed an estimated $350 million dollar fortune leading Forbes to name her the wealthiest woman in China. The Chinese raided her assets after they put her in prison.
Following our visit, I went to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. I had been wanting to see the museum for years but never had the opportunity before. Last week I had the time. It is a somber sanctuary for those of you who have not visited yet. While in college, my best friend Jeff and I backpacked through Europe for a summer. One of the most memorable places we went to was the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany. It remains as a museum and sacred reminder of atrocities against humanity, and as living proof of the human capacity to commit genocide.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum distinguishes itself as a similar holy place that recognizes the genocide in WWII, and also brilliantly extends itself further with displays and interactive exhibits drawing our attention to genocide being committed today in the Congo, Darfur, and elsewhere. Elsewhere today too like against the Uyghurs in China.
We are all exhausted by the current financial calamity our own nation is in. We have leaned on China for support and they have responded by loaning us money. Lots of money. So much money that U.S. politicians have backed off of their support for the Uyghurs. They have backed off of calls for justice in China overall. We owe them money. The American politicians are afraid to criticize China or call for improvements in human rights for all Chinese, and to end their occupation of the Uyghur Nation and Tibetan Nation.Continued on the next page