Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Wolfowitz and Gonzales Had Better Be Thanking Their Lucky Stars
You think the high-profile hullabaloo currently going on both in and out of our nation's capital is bad? Check this out:

"The former head of China's top food and drug safety agency was sentenced to death today after pleading guilty to corruption and accepting bribes, according to the state-controlled news media." -from (where else?) The New York Times

First of all, "state-controlled news media"?...Uh, is there any other kind? And second of all, in the immortal words of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, "RELAX."

Let's think about this. He's sentenced to DEATH. For BRIBERY. If we enforced that in the U.S., we'd have three politicans and two Fortune 500 CEOs left. Maybe fewer. I kid, of course. Still, it is a rather effective maneuver. Very Singapore-style. Accept bribes and you die - a very concise message if you ask me. This comes on the heels of China's increased focus on stringent (and sometimes overly exaggerated and trumped up) responses to and charges against dirty politicians, lawbreakers, and miscreants of all kinds.

One could attribute this to the Olympics looming on the horizon, but I see it as part of a general trend to increase Chinese moral authority on the world stage. And to some extent, it's working. I mean, how do you claim moral superiority over a country that executes corrupt politicians as an example to others (which would hopefully mean other politicos would clean up their acts though, I suppose, one way or another, they are decreasing the overall number of dirty politicians). Makes me glad I've chosen to stay out of political debate on this side of the globe. I think I'll stick to Hello Kitty, Supergirl, Jay Chou, and Prison Break. And, knowing what I do about Chinese pop culture, that should keep me busy for decades to come.
posted by Rachel @ 4:22 PM  
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