Wei Jingsheng, a prominent pro-democracy activist who spent 18 years in a China prison for his activities, says the Chinese government is desperate to prevent any domestic political fallout from the earthquake and will use all the resources at its command, including its overseas consulates and media, to destroy the Falun Gong. Wang Dang, a student leader in 1989 during the Tiananmen demonstrations who was imprisoned in China for his political activities, says that although the Olympics in Beijing and the Sichuan earthquake may foster the growth of democratic forces in China the resulting social conflict will make for a dangerous transformation.
Two Congressman, Tom Tancredo and Dana Rohrabacher, visited Flushing and expressed their support for the Falun Gong and for action by the US government.
It’s unlikely that the US government will respond any time soon to China’s violations of its diplomatic status. As China’s economic maid servant, the US can’t afford to offend the country which now pays the expense of its empire abroad. That the US may even allow China’s diplomatic service to continue its activity in Flushing makes clear how politically emasculated our nation has become. We are able to send armies to every region of the globe, yet are incapable of defending free speech and individual liberty within our own borders from the acts of foreign agents.
Whether one agrees, or not with the Falun Gong’s view of the Chinese government, there is no doubt that if the US allows the group to be silenced in our homeland we will have become a willing accomplice to an attack on our founding ideals.