Chas Freeman, President Obama’s appointee as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council has some very disturbing views on how governments should deal with protesters.
I do not believe it is acceptable for any country to allow the heart of its national capital to be occupied by dissidents intent on disrupting the normal functions of government, however appealing to foreigners their propaganda may be. Such folk, whether they represent a veterans’ “Bonus Army” or a “student uprising” on behalf of “the goddess of democracy” should expect to be displaced with dispatch from the ground they occupy. I cannot conceive of any American government behaving with the ill-conceived restraint that the Zhao Ziyang administration did in China, allowing students to occupy zones that are the equivalent of the Washington National Mall and Times Square, combined. while shutting down much of the Chinese government’s normal operations. I thus share the hope of the majority in China that no Chinese government will repeat the mistakes of Zhao Ziyang’s dilatory tactics of appeasement in dealing with domestic protesters in China.
— Chas Freeman
on Foreign Policy Internet Mailing List
Via The Washington Post
Firstly, this was a shocking response to the Tienanmen Square Massacre, and not one that any right thinking American would make. Secondly, Freeman’s response shows that he has no moral foundation at all and is unfit for public life much less public office. Thirdly and finally, the admonition to the government to use lethal force and extreme violence to disperse and silence dissenters and protesters is contrary to the ideals of America and the laws set forth in our Constitution.
Freeman gets a lot more flak for his rampant antisemitism and for his being a lap dog for various Muslim –Wahabists ala Osama Bin Laden mostly – rulers – ironic since Muslims loath dogs in the same way that they and Jews loath pigs – but this endorsement of murdering peaceful protesters is far worse than his bigotry, which could be used to offset Rahm Emanuel’s – the son of an Israeli terrorist and the namesake of another – potentially dangerous Zionism.
As a reminder, the official death toll among the protesters in Tienanmen Square according to the Chinese government was 200 – 300, but Chinese student associations and the Chinese Red Cross reported that the real number of people murdered was 2,000 – 3,000. Chas Freeman says this was ” ill-conceived restraint” on the part of the Communist regime.
One doesn’t really need to guess at what Freeman’s advised response to MLK’s Civil Rights March on Washington, DC would have been, or what he will advise to be done about the next Right to Life March.
Fortunately for the US our military is made up largely of true patriots. They’d be more likely to exterminate any POTUS who listened to Freeman and who ordered such a slaughter of our people than to commit it. Therefor, while Chas Freeman’s views are evil, dangerous, and very un-American, he is unlikely to be proved to be too great a direct threat to the American people.