(By Ray D.)
This week Chinese President Hu Jintao is taking several days to visit Germany. And while Germany's Eurosnob elite wines and dines President Hu, there will be no angry mass protests or cries of indignation on German streets. There will be no rainbow flags embroidered with "PACE" accompanied by Tibetan and Taiwanese flags. There will be no peace drums, silent vigils or burning of Hu Jintao effigies. There will be no courageous speeches on morality or human rights in front of thousands of drunk and screaming marchers. There will be few if any indignant editorials condemning President Hu in leading German papers, magazines or news broadcasts.
German President Koehler with Hu Jintao: Never Fear Dear Leader, Germans Only Protest American Human Rights Violations!
And, other than a few token comments from President Koehler on democracy and human rights, the only sound to be heard will be the deafening, silent hypocrisy of the so-called German "peace" movement accompanied by an unabated cacophony of cash registers ringing in the background as German business moguls sign multi-million Euro deals and tip champagne glasses with their beloved Chinese counterparts.
And, with any luck, President Hu will be able to convince Germany's new leaders that soon-to-be-ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder was right all along in his support of lifting the EU's arms embargo on China. After all, what could be more conducive to "peace" than selling Communist dictators with violent designs on island neighbors tons of high-tech European weapons? And who in Germany's "peace" movement really cares about the record-setting mass executions, imprisonment of political dissidents or occupation of Tibet? None of that matters enough to get a serious demonstration together...yawn.
To conclude, none of this should really surprise anyone. Vladimir Putin's last visit to Germany went just as smoothly. Hardly anyone felt it necessary to bring up the war in Chechnya and the massive human rights abuses that have accompanied it just as hardly anyone felt it necessary to bring up the rapid decline of civil liberties in Russia in recent years. Just par for the course as they say...
Note: Siemens has already signed a deal during the visit for 60 ICE-trains worth an estimated 700 million Euros. Now that is some serious dealing. Cha-Ching!