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The Cox Report
Gred Guanxi has made an excellent contribution to the discussion about the Cox Report. He writes:
Alleged intelligence leaks at Los Alamos and the subsequent Cox report are not the only reasons China regularly fronts newspapers. If the Cox report was politically motivated to further discredit the Clinton administration, it would be premature and ill-conceived to dismiss the findings outright. China has one of the most intricate and comprehensive espionage programs in the world, with many of their antennae tuned to the United States.
Wen Ho Lee was clearly "developed" as a spy after years of patient cultivating for weapons information by the Chinese. NO ONE can reasonably rationalize why a weapons specialist with top-secret security clearance would download highly classified files onto unsecured computers. Realizing a federal judge has agreed to hold Lee without bail points to strong evidence of wrong-doing. Sadly, Asian Americans have corralled and jumped on the Civil Rights bandwagon, waving the Race Card as proof that they are being singled out and persecuted, even though egregious behavior has been demonstrated.
If the tables were reversed and Chinese intelligence revealed a native Chinese CIA informant, consider the due process the suspected spy might receive. A government which dictates by fear and coercion does not require credible evidence for judgment. The one-day show trial and resulting in condemnation and lengthy sentences summarily handed down to Falun Gong practitioners epitomizes Chinese "justice."
Republican or Democrat. Asian, White, Black, or Blue. The case of Wen Ho Lee is about maintaining the integrity of American weapons technology and preserving American interests. Predicting China faces major crises and might break up seems more like a weatherman forecasting for snow in Aspen sometime in the next year. A cursory study of the history of China reveals torturous relationships of feudal lords, warring states, and diverse ethnic groups clamoring for legitimacy within limited boundaries. China continues to develop at warp speed, but keen observers have noted the foundations have been laid in sand. Despite dramatic changes, the Communist party continues to rule 20% of humanity with an iron fist intent on subjugation, persecution, oppression, and cultural infiltration. Reports point to a boiling kettle filled with bad loans, gross unemployment, heightening dissension, and the failure of Socialism as a workable form of government.
The unconscionable actions condoned by the Chinese government continue to be funded by the same type of morally corrupt capitalists who intended to put socks on the feet of every Chinese at the turn of last century. In 1999, 900 million Chinese continue living in poverty without socks, even as China manufactures a majority of all socks made today.
Finally, it's offensive to justify the barbarous Chinese actions in Tibet because of the Buddhist selection process of the Dalai Lama, Buddhist traditions of collecting alms, or fatal incidents among fallible men in India.
My comment: I agree almost entirely with what Greg Guanxi says. My objection to the way in which the Cox Report was disseminated was that it was used to discredit not only Clinton but some highly honorably colleagues, notably former Secretary of Defense William Perry and China expert John Lewis.
On the technical side, I, like most people, am incapable of passing an informed judgment on the rebuttal by the CISAC Report, although I regard its authors as highly competent and thoroughly honorable.
As for Chinese behavior, it is clear that Wen Ho Lee's behavior cannot be excused. I too become annoyed when the racist card is played by any group, Chinese, blacks, Mexican or Jews to subvert the cause of justice, as happens frequently. The trial of the Falun Gong group should open the eyes of those who cannot assess China soberly.
I was not justifying Chinese behavior in Tibet, but simply asking that we assess its victims with equal sobriety. The Tibetan traditional lifestyle should not be assessed with a James Hilton. Unfortunately, for the President of the U.S. to name his retreat Shangri La shows the impact James Hilton had on Americans. I must say I have a personal grudge here. Decades ago people assumed I was James Hilton, now they assume I own hotels. When I disillusion them they lose interest and even respect for me. The public again shows an inability to assess humans soberly and fairly, which would improve my standing in the Hilton pecking order. Anyhow, there was a well-known medieval mystic named Hilton, and no one remembers him.
Ronald Hilton - 12/28/99