Friday, May 04, 2012

Obama's Disgraceful Abandonment of Chen Guangcheng - Mona Charen - Townhall Conservative Columnists


The following excerpts are from the Townhall.com article, "Obama's Disgraceful Abandonment of Chen Guangcheng" by columnist Mona Charen :

  • It's hard to know which is worse: one's grief over Chen Guangcheng's fate or the fury over the Obama administration's abandonment of him to that fate.
  • Chen was already an internationally known human rights activist when he remarkably showed up at the U.S. embassy in Beijing last week seeking refuge. A blind, self-taught lawyer from Shandong province, Chen had been held prisoner for 19 months for the crime of publicizing Chinese atrocities by those enforcing the "one child" policy. Chen had chosen a moonless night (his captors were not blind) to scale several high walls and stumble his way to a predetermined meeting place where Christian friends would help him make the harrowing 300-mile journey to Beijing. He told supporters that he fell 200 times that night -- breaking a foot in the process.
  • At some point, it's not clear exactly where or when, U.S. officials did help Chen get to the embassy -- which is gratifying. What happened next was not.

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Obama's Disgraceful Abandonment of Chen Guangcheng - Mona Charen - Townhall Conservative Columnists

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