Google, China, and the U.S. Dept. of State
rs at robertsheridan.com
Wed Mar 24 23:24:49 PDT 2010
The U.S. has a long history of backing its commercial entrepreneurs.
John Adams negotiated with Britain for the protection of Massachusetts
cod fishing interests on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, British territory.
The U.S. fought the Barbary pirates to protect American shipping
interests. We also fought for the principle of freedom of the seas.
I find it interesting, not to say strange, that when search engine
pioneer Google enters the China market it must kow-tow to Communist
Party decrees intended to perpetuate itself in undemocratic power. Now
it has pulled out of that market rather than curtail the validity of its
product, the unfettered truth of any search. China has accused Google
of being a pawn of the State Department. State has said our
fingerprints aren't on this. Well, why aren't they? They should be all
We are supposedly fighting in the Middle East to advance democracy,
perhaps because we think we can.
Why do we not speak out in aid of courageous Google and at least decry
the action of China in forcing Google to adulterate its product, the
truth, by censoring sensitive queries and results inside China?
Don't we speak out against China's one-child, forced-abortion policy,
and grant political asylum to its victims? We do.
Why, then, do we not step up and say a word in support of Google? Why
should Google stand alone before the Communist Party and its government
in Beijing when this country has sent its navy in defense of its
maritime commercial interests? And its full complement of armed forces
in favor of its, and the West's, petroleum commercial interests? Don't
we have an equivalent interest in defending our intellectual property
and truth-generating interests?
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