I am probably not going to be popular for this, but when it comes to vilifying an entire nation, I am in favour of it. I live in a country that was vilified by the rest of the world until it changed. I know what it is like to be ashamed of being a citizen of a country because of that country’s government’s actions and I also know that that spurred most of us who were ashamed into working hard for the change that eventually came.
The change in South Africa came BECAUSE the country was vilified. And I believe that the time has come to stop kowtowing (for want of a better word) to China and actually throw diplomacy out of the window. Yes, there are people working hard for change inside China, and I support them wholeheartedly, but the pressure on China to change has to be applied from OUTSIDE. They need to understand that their policies are not just wrong, but actually completely unacceptable.
Mary and Susie have good points to make, but I tend to be a little more radical in my thinking. There is not enough time to pussyfoot around because we’ve been pussyfooting around this issue for far too long. There needs to be quick and decisive action and I want to work as hard as I can to bring that to bear. We cannot afford to lose 100 elephants a day whilst we pursue a course of quiet diplomacy (look at what that has achieved in Zimbabwe). This situation has to stop and it has to stop now.
So… I guess this makes me the Paul Watson of this group!