In September 2005, blind lawyer, Chen Guangcheng, is arrested by the Chinese government. His alleged crime is helping to mount a legal challenge over policies designed to force Chinese women into abortions in conformity with the country’s ‘one-child’ policy. In August 2006, Chen is sentenced to four years imprisonment on charges of ‘intentional destruction of property’ and ‘gathering crowds to obstruct traffic’. The crowds gathered to rejoice in the courageous actions of a human rights hero in a country whose government is bereft of all morality.
In January 2007, following international protests and a review of his case, his sentence is upheld. In September 2010, Chen is released from prison but held at home without charges and monitored by government-paid thugs. In November 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ’whispers’ that the United States is ‘alarmed’ by Chen’s continued house arrest. In December 2011, actor Christian Bale attempts to visit Chen, and is badly beaten and turned away by the thugs who guard him.
On April 22, 2012, following 18 months of house arrest, and persistent beatings of his wife, Chen Guangcheng skillfully evades his captors and escapes from his house. He walks alone and unguided for fifteen hours until human rights friends locate him and take him to the ‘safety’ of the United States Embassy in Beijing.
How ‘safe’ is ‘safe’ is now the $64,000 question. A U.S. consulate evidently was far from ‘safe’ in the case of Wang Lijun, the police chief of ousted party leader Bo Xilai, just one month ago. ‘Hand him back to the Chinese jackals’ was the order issued by a White House fearful of any loss of good will from Chinese dictators who own $3 trillion of America’s national debt:
“In a video posted online, Mr. Chen appealed to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao for mercy for his family, which remained behind in his home village of Dongshigu in China’s eastern Shandong province. ‘Dear Premier Wen Jiabao, with great difficulty, I’ve escaped,’ the activist, clad in a black Nike jacket and black sunglasses says at the beginning of the video. He detailed the conditions of his confinement, including beatings by local thugs. ‘My mother, wife and child are still in their clutches,’ he said expressing fears that they may be subject to ‘insane revenge’ now that he has left.” Josh Chin and Jay Solomon, ‘Blind Chinese Activist Flees Captors’, The Wall Street Journal, April 28, 2012
This time, President Obama, you are not dealing with the human rights of a brutal police chief with a reputation as being a former enforcer for Bo Xilai. This time you are dealing with the human rights of a man who towers above you in terms of courage and humanity. Throw Chen Guangcheng to the Chinese junkyard dogs, Mr. President, and may you justifiably be damned to Hell.