Barack Hussein Obama has become the first president to boycott the Dalai Lama since he began visiting the nation’s capital in 1991.
Interestingly, Obama’s boycott comes a little over a year after he, and now secretary of state and then democrat party opponent Hillary Clinton, called on president George W. Bush to boycott the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.
That was then and this is now.
Mr Obama has changed his position on Tibet since his election campaign.
In April 2008, he was joined by Hillary Clinton, then his rival for the Democratic nomination and now his Secretary of State, in calling on George W Bush to boycott the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony in protest at the bloody repression of a popular uprising in Tibet.
“If the Chinese do not take steps to help stop the genocide in Darfur and to respect the dignity, security, and human rights of the Tibetan people, then the President should boycott the opening ceremonies,” they said.
The presidential snub of the Tibetan, exiled leader, is seen by some as caving in to the communist regime in China.
Sophie Richardson, an Asian advocate for Human Rights Watch said:
“This idea that if you are nice to the Chinese Communist Party up front you can cash in later is just wrong. If you lower the bar on human rights they will just move it lower and lower.”
Sadly Ms. Richardson only one U.S. President has had the fortitude to stand up against communism.
May President Reagan rest in peace.
God help us!