Wednesday, May 14, 2008
A Tale of Two Countries
Charles Dickens second novel, A Tale of Two Cities is a moral story that examines the themes of resurrection, imprisonment, revolution, shame, redemption, social injustice, self-sacrifice, and patriotism. In a story that plays on Dickens title, the tale of two countries, is about China and Burma, where the world watches the same elements play out in the way each country responds to grave threats to their people.
Burma is beginning to resemble South Asia in 2004 in the scope of death and destruction that has been visited upon their shores. The behavior of the ruling Junta is beginning to make North Korea seem transparent. The posts below serve to contrast the response and openness of China as it deals with a natural disaster on a scale that most modern western countries have never had to face, and Burma operating on a scale that horrifies most decent people in the world.
China has mobilized her army and allowed almost unlimited news access to the hardest hit regions. Chinese CCTV television has been covering the story nonstop since it occurred with their English language channels struggling to cover the story in ways reminiscent of American networks after 9/11.
The stories linked here attest to China changing before our eyes. Coming on the heals of Tibet and the bad repressive response, the sight of children being pulled from ruble breaks the heart of any decent human. Quakes test China's openness and readiness
One of the best roundups of the latest on the earthquake comes from Shanghaiist. Recommended Reads: The earthquake
American of all stripes have rushed to offer aid. This is a hat tip to talk radio personality Hugh Hewitt for getting involved early. The Rush To Rescue.
Individual Americans like Evangelist Franklin Graham outgives entire nations to the relief effort who was visiting China and is bringing back an important message about the changes in China, as noted in the article.