Personal rehabilitation

From the Washington Post:

BEIJING -- Chinese military and security officials are forcing the elderly physician who exposed the government's coverup of the SARS epidemic to attend intense indoctrination classes and are interrogating him about a letter he wrote in February denouncing the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, according to sources familiar with the situation.

The officials have detained Jiang Yanyong, 72, a semi-retired surgeon in the People's Liberation Army, in a room under 24-hour supervision, and they have threatened to keep him until he "changes his thinking" and "raises his level of understanding" about the Tiananmen crackdown, said one of the sources, who described the classes as "brainwashing sessions."

That's one way to achieve solidarity.

For an explanation of the subject of this entry, see my previous entry.

Comments

Sounds like

Sounds like your average US College.

Reporting with a straight face...

If I was a reporter, I would have had a hard time writing that first paragraph without laughing. It reads more like a Daily Show/Onion headline than an actual serious story.

Changing our thinking

"The officials have detained Jiang Yanyong, 72, a semi-retired surgeon in the People's Liberation Army, in a room under 24-hour supervision, and they have threatened to keep him until he "changes his thinking" and "raises his level of understanding" about the Tiananmen crackdown, said one of the sources, who described the classes as "brainwashing sessions."Sometimes I get the impression that the Cheneys, Tarantos, Coulters and Charens of this country would like nothing better than to lock up opponents of the Iraq war until we "change our thinking" and "raise our level of understanding" about the Iraq war, which they like to pretend had something to do with fighting al-Qaeda.Thank God we have we still have a system where people don't go to camps for refusing the gov't line.

Re:Reporting with a straight face...

I'm not sure I take your meaning. Do you mean the second paragraph rather than the first? Frankly, I see nothing funny about either.

BTW, your comments on the integration between MSIE and the operating system is right on the mark. I wish more people understood that problem.

Re:Changing our thinking

I have a different impression, namely that they, like the Moores, Altermans, Hesiods, Koses, etc., are trying to advance their points of view persuasively (which doesn't always mean "reasonably").

I read the Seattle P-I article and found it interesting. Thanks for drawing it to our attention. I suspect that much of the insurgency is driven by dispossessed Sunni Ba'athists, led perhaps by transmogrified Fedayeen (remember them?). But not all, at least not according to Wretchard. Though I can't find the breakdown of foreign fighters he supposedly links to at Hammorabi's blog. I am not yet persuaded that the war in Iraq is irrelevant to Islamicist terrorism.

Re:Sounds like

In case you are interested, Instapundit blogs this kind of thing under keywords like "crushing of dissent". Here's a canned Google search for those postings.

Re:Reporting with a straight face...

First paragraph, specifically, "to attend intense indoctrination classes ". The words Daniel highlighted in quotes from the second paragraph are similar - "changing his thinking", etc.
What I'm saying is there's no need to use the offical Chinese dictatorship terms for torturing and brainwashing in a serious story in a major newspaper.

The humor part comes from "humor news" - for example The Onion will translate "mass firings of workers" to "CEO Johnson has freed thousands of workers from voluntary servitude!" - its the same use of language, but one is dead serious and the other is designed as humor...now that I think of it, its kinda scary.

Re: Microsoft - Thanks! :) I wish someone would hire an expert and start reporting that part of the story.

Re:Changing our thinking

Well we have this system , Daniel. Still thanking the almighty?

But it didn't start that way

Hi Chuck,Thanks for looking at the P-I article.You wrote:"I am not yet persuaded that the war in Iraq is irrelevant to Islamicist terrorism."Given that there are like SOME Islamicist fighters in Iraq NOW, Iraq MAY HAVE become a weak front against Islamicist terrorism.However, as the 9/11 Commission and the recent Senate Intelligence report make increasingly clear, Iraq had no operational ties with al-Qaeda. Thus, our INITIAL decision to invade Iraq as the "geographical center" of Islamic Terrorism was, to me, irrational. If Islamists have found a fertile ground in Iraq, it was our invasion that gave them the opening.It's true that Iraq provided financial support to Palestinian homicide bombers, but then so did many wealthy Saudis, probably with the tacit approval of their Israel-hating gov't.

Still Thankful

Thanks for the Houston Chronicle article. It's another example of how our fearful society is driving us down the wrong path.But yes, I'm still thankful for our system. His story of mistreatment at the hands of the police and TSA can still make print. The authorities weren't bold enough to put him on a plane to Gitmo or even to send him to a camp where he could "clarify his thinking" on aviation security. Hopefully he and many other people in his district will write his Congressmember and maybe get some hearings into these abusive practices. This would never happen in China.I'm thankful for system of separation of powers, even though it's fraying. As long as we speak with loud voices when the system breaks - as in this case, I'm hopeful we can hold things together.

Re:Reporting with a straight face...

I guess I disagree. I think it's very instructive to see their language.

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