Political junkies watch and read a lot of news commentary on a daily basis that makes their eyes roll. But every once in a while there’s something newsworthy that pops up and absolutely makes your blood boil when you see it. And it also makes you question just how we got to the point where making comments that are decidedly unAmerican and apologistic in nature for evil foreign regimes is considered “enlightened” and “thought-provoking” in a free society.
A news segment that will make your blood boil is exactly how I would describe a recent episode of BBC News Tonight. Columbia economics professor Jeffrey Sachs, who is also the director of their Center for Sustainable Development, absolutely lost it during a discussion of China’s gross human rights abuses as the issue related to how far the United States should be willing to go to work with the country on various issues.
Watch below as Sachs goes full-on China apologist, essentially stating that the United States has no right to judge China’s human rights abuses considering the wars the United States has been a part of as well as other parts of U.S. foreign policy he finds lacking, and considering how white supremacy is supposedly so prevalent here, etc. This guy was the definition of an America-hater who truly sees no difference in his country and a communist one that makes political dissidents “disappear” and has detainment camps full of Uyghur Muslim prisoners who they are trying to “reeducate”:
“The US always attacks other countries, it holds itself sacrosanct.”
Economist @JeffDSachs says China’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang should not prevent the US from engaging with China, considering the US’ own “human rights violations” abroad and at home#Newsnight pic.twitter.com/xqa6kpF06r
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) April 14, 2021
The interview outraged opposition groups that are in a position to know better than to buy what Sachs was trying to sell:
A scholar should have respected the truth. Your blindness to the truth about CCP is a shame! https://t.co/nJBMij0q8g
— Uyghur American Association (@Uyghur_American) April 15, 2021
It’s reflex action for Prof @JeffDSachs to only talk about issues in the US whenever he’s asked about Xinjiang. This is far from the first time where he’s refused to even acknowledge the existence of China’s genocidal policies against millions of Uyghur Muslims. https://t.co/0CV0DyXSde
— Hong Kong Global Connect (@HKGlobalConnect) April 15, 2021
What Sachs said: In a Jan. 24 interview with The Wire China, Sachs responded to two questions about China’s genocidal policies in Xinjiang by accounting America’s own human rights failings.
-“We have huge human rights abuses committed by the U.S. on so many fronts that the first thing we need to do is think of Jesus’s admonition: Why do you look at the mote in the other’s eye, and not the beam in your own?” Sachs said.
-Sachs said nothing about China’s repression of the Uyghurs despite repeated prompting from the interviewer.
In response, 18 advocacy organizations, including Hong Kong Global Connect, Campaign for Uyghurs, and Columbia Stands with Hong Kong, sent a letter to Columbia University President Lee Bollinger expressing concern over the remarks.
Other Twitter users who watched the BBC clip were equally appalled, and responded accordingly:
Funnily enough, the shitheel whataboutists who shill for horrendous totalitarian regimes like the CCP always seem to live in New York, or London, or LA instead of anywhere ruled by the blood-soaked regimes they flak for. Weird how that works. https://t.co/slGCMJEuBG
— Evan Helmuth (@TheRovingGent89) April 15, 2021
The fall and fall of Sachs since the early 90s should really be used as a case study for an academic economist who went well and truly off the deep end. Which concentration camps is the US currently operating for its religious minorities, Jeff? https://t.co/EKk7ok5Gqr
— Boris Ryvkin (@BRyvkin) April 15, 2021
Just gross on every level. There is no moral equivalency between the United States of America and the Chinese Communist Party.
No country is perfect. But one strives to promote human freedom. While in the other you live for the benefit of the state. https://t.co/kPZvdQtjUJ
— Denton Wierzba (@dwierzba) April 15, 2021
What makes matters worse is that we all know that Sachs is hardly the only “respected figure” in academia who takes the America-last approach when discussing foreign policy matters. To think that this guy and God only knows how many more like him is/are responsible for educating future generations of movers and shakers and potential American leaders is toe-curlingly scary, and goes a long way towards explaining why there are so many segments of our society – media, entertainment industry, etc. – that are jam-packed full of similar-minded willfully ignorant people who either cannot or are unable to distinguish America from some of the world’s worst human rights abusers.